Purdue is buying former church across from Purdue Memorial Union

The Purdue Board of Trustees approved plans to purchase the church across the street from the Purdue Memorial Union Club Hotel.

Posted: Feb. 8, 2019 4:50 PM
Updated: Feb. 8, 2019 5:12 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Purdue Board of Trustees approved plans to purchase the former church across the street from the Purdue Memorial Union Club Hotel. It's located at the corner of Grant and North Streets on Purdue's campus.

The church currently houses The Anvil club, which is a non-profit organization that provides resources for student startup companies. 

The university is buying the 0.86 acre piece of land from the Purdue Research Foundation for $2.9 million. The Chairman of the Physical Facilities Committee, Gary Lehman, shared why the university jumped at this opportunity.

"It's in a very strategic location and we would like very much to be able to potentially use that land for something that would augment what the university does," he said.

Lehman said they do not have any set-in-stone plans for the property yet. However he said there is a chance the existing structure could be torn down.

He said the university will need this land as Purdue continues to grow.

"The enrollments and the applications are going up, up, up," he said. "We have demands on larger classrooms and a number of different things we want to be able to do."

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