Northern State University holds first community forum on campus master plan

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ABERDEEN, S.D. Northern State University has quite the plan for upgrades to its campus over the next few years. The school is holding its first community forum to take any questions or concerns from the public.

The community forum discussing NSU's campus master plan is an important piece to making sure the public stays informed.

"So as we're proposing these changes and designing these facilities, we just want feedback from the community and maybe they'll come up with a great idea," NSU President Dr. Timothy Downs said.

The university and the South Dakota School for the Blind and Visually Impaired hope to be great community partners. They plan to keep the area around the new sports complex clean after events, which has been a common complaint in the past.

"Those are some concerns that they might have about their property that they own and their property values, which we want to see increase, which typically happens when you improve a college campus," Dr. Downs said.

School officials will discuss new residence halls, the regional science center and..

"We're going to be adding one of the best, if not the best, soccer facility in the NSIC as well as a premier football practice facility. All of it's going to be turf which when then allow the School of the Blind and Visually Impaired to be built right next to that," NSU Director of Communications and Marketing Justin Fraase said.

Any questions, complains or viewpoints are appreciated.

"We're trying to just be as transparent as possible with everyone that will be impacted by these changes," Dr. Downs said.

School officials just have one goal in mind with the campus master plan.

"Everything that we're doing is hopefully going to increase the student experience here at Northern State and the community of Aberdeen," Fraase said.

If you missed tonight's community forum, no need to worry. NSU is holding another one on Thursday, January 11. For more information on that or the master plan, visit the link to the right of the article.