River Campus Sparks New Development

River Campus Sparks New Development
By: Crystal Britt
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - The new state-of-the-art River Campus in Cape Girardeau is near completion.  As finishing touches on the buildings are made, others see the development as a golden opportunity to beautify that part of the city.  
Site manager Carl Cooper gave Heartland News a sneak peek of the development.  Part of it is already finished.
"We turned over the faculty offices six weeks ago for them to move in," said Cooper.  He said his crews will meet deadline.
While hard work continues on site, off site more revitalization efforts are underway.
"We'd like to get people from the Illinois side, Missouri Route 74, to William Street.  So this is a corridor where we can do that," said Kelly Green, a Cape Girardeau city engineer. 
Using federal money, the city plans to extend Fountain Street, which runs along the new River Campus.  They'll build a traffic roundabout, adding some flare with decorative streetlights and brickwork. 
While the city is making changes, local investors see the River Campus as an opportunity. They're putting a lot of money into things like fixing up old homes as they work to breathe new life into that part of the city.

Nelson sparks is working on one of those homes.  "I think we will see a tremendous amount of help from River Campus in the long run," Nelson said. 

Bruce Melvin lives right up the street from the new multi-million dollar project.  "It's going to be really good for all of us as homeowners," Melvin said. 

It's the icing on the cake for people like Carl Cooper.  He has spent two and a half years making sure no detail is left out.
The River Campus will be ready when school starts at the end of August.  There's an official grand opening in October.