August 15, 2023
Dear Nelson Avenue Resident:
Greetings. As Vice President for Student Affairs at Western Michigan University, I am writing to let you know that we are busy planning for another successful academic year on our campus. With the fall semester right around the corner, I would like to make you aware of the potential for increased traffic on your street during the upcoming move-in.
This year, the gate to Nelson Avenue from parking lot No. 54 will be open from Thursday, August 24 through Sunday, August 27 to allow egress for the cars and vans transporting students and their belongings to the residence halls.
The gate will be open at 9 a.m. and closed at 6 p.m. each day. It is my hope that the increased vehicle traffic on Nelson Avenue during these days will not cause you any unexpected inconvenience. However, if you have a problem or concern with illegal parking or traffic during these days, please contact the Kalamazoo Township Police Dispatcher at 343-0568.
We greatly appreciate your patience during this once-a-year event, and I thank you for your partnership in welcoming our students.
Sincerely, Diane K. Anderson, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs cc Housing and Residence Life
WMU DPS Vice President for Student Affairs
Diane K. Anderson, Ph.D.
Construction is expected to begin spring 2024 and have the round-about open by the time school re-opens. Squires Drive will be re-constructed in 2025.
Round-Abouts have proven to reduce injury accidents as they slow down traffic.
It seems like it gets worse every year - traffic, that is. Turning left on West Main Street is nearly impossible, unless you go to a traffic light. Nichols Road, Grand Prairie, Ravine and Drake are extremely busy.
Neighborhood "side streets" are subject to speeders - sometimes attempting to get around the traffic on arteries.
Your Association has suggested forming a committee of traffic monitors who will periodically do traffic monitoring. Not counting cars, but examining how vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic can continue to be safe as these levels increase. Are there bad hot spots? How about adding the school bus garage on Ravine Road?
Want to know more or be a part of this group, email firstname.lastname@example.org
We need to do our part - See Something, Say Something. The police can't be everywhere, all the time so we need to help.
If someone visits your home or contacts you via phone or internet, make sure you really know who they are! Phone and internet scams have been widespread for years because PEOPLE FALL FOR THEM!
NEVER GIVE OUT PERSONAL INFORMATION without being 100% sure you know who you're giving it to.
If you suspect fraud, contact your local police department.
If you see activity like this in your area, you might want to check for a boil water advisory for your street! https://www.kalamazoocity.org/bwa
Westwood is part City and part Township so here is our latest version of a complete neighborhood map
The City of Kalamazoo has been installing flashing lights and detour signs to help motorists escape gridlock when a freight train blocks car traffic downtown, according to a city manager working on the project.
The city's solution to the problem is to install several signs that will begin flashing when a train is passing through the downtown crossings. About 35 static detour signs show drivers how to get around the train, according to a plan provided by Department of Public Works Assistant City Engineer Anthony Ladd.
The system ties into the same equipment that is used to engage the crossing signals and is fully operational now.
The project is being funded by the Foundation For Excellence..
Westwood is a great place to live, work and worship. We are a great community with neighbors who care about each other.
The neighborhood association would like to know what skills and interests each of you have so that we can connect you with events and no - obligation service opportunities as they come along.
Please fill out the following form to let us know more about you!
Not all the residents of Westwood are 100% self-sufficient. Some have un-met needs - maybe as simple as a ride to a doctor appointment of to pick-up groceries or prescriptions. There are agencies to help or maybe a neighbor might want to assist?
Look around your neighborhood.
Some neighbors are not aware that burning leaves, trash or garbage is against the law in Westwood. The city and township have similar ordinances against open burning and trash barrel burning.
Do you still have neighbors breaking the law? If you can furnish some information, we can see that they receive notice of the ordinance, without involving the governing agencies - unless it continues.
Tell your neighbors about Westwood Neighborhood Association! They might be interested in the neighborhood, too!
Kalamazoo has a project in which we are participating, called: IMAGINE KALAMAZOO 2025.
We want to have YOU think about and communicate to us what you would like Westwood to look like in 2025!
We welcome your comments at any time and plan some public events where people can express their insight. It's all about what you want to see!
You can easily report defective or not working street lights. We have a link to the reporting site where you can report the exact location:
Code Enforcement 269-381-8080 ext 137 This includes weeds & tall grass, fireworks, outside burning and sidewalk issues. email@example.com
Tall grass & weeds - 269-337-8847
For other Code Enforcement: 269-337-8221. firstname.lastname@example.org
Waste Not Recycling Project Update (December 17, 2022)
Crews have been working to complete this project and get the open and recycling construction and demolition waste.
The center will collect, sort and forward materials on to sites that finish the recycling process.
Truck Traffic Will Increase
The owner of the center is planning on about 100 trucks a day coming into the site which adds 100 trucks coming and 100 trucks going away from the site.
This will impact Ravine, Nichols, Grand Prairie, Squires and Drake Roads.