The proposed location is a section of farmland owned by the university, on the east side of the village near state Route 42. The university has demolished two houses and several outbuildings on the property to develop a university-owned shooting range, according to its application to the township, with plans to implement a student shooting sports club team, which the site will host.
Janice Supplee, vice president for marketing and communications, said the club shooting team is something students have had interest in the past. The shooting team would compete against other universities such as Hillsdale College in Michigan, which is also in the process of building a gun range on campus. The facility would also be available for use by faculty and campus police, and the university may include access through memberships at a later date.