If you haven't heard, EMU hill is getting a new water tower. The old water tower on Summit Ave is on it's final leg and instead of using the same site, the city is building a water tower on EMU's hill.
This hill has been loved by the students and by the local Park View community as it offers great views and is generally quite. Now, the view is obstructed by a rising tower and the peaceful setting is disrupted by the sounds of construction.
Needless to say, the decision to put the water tower on EMU's land did not go unchallenged. Neighborhood residences and students voiced their concerns. So, why did EMU agree to let the city use the land for the new water tower?
Well for starters, EMU get's their logo on the tower but vanity isn't the main reason behind the decision. According to Josh Miller in a Weather Vane article, "The old tank currently holds 75,000 gallons of water, whereas the new one will be able to hold more than six times that amount, at 500,000 gallons." The additional water will allow EMU to build more buildings as they currently aren't able due to Needed Fire Flow (NFF) Code. EMU's decision to add the water tower could be an indication they have plans to expand their campus.
What are your thoughts on the water tower? Do you think EMU made the right decision?