Students living in South Village, also referred to as the high rises, will experience limited parking next year as many construction projects come to that area of campus.
To accommodate the new housing being built by the high rises UNC Charlotte will begin construction on a new 1,240 space parking deck, which they are not sure will be enough for the amount of students that will be living in that area.
“We aren’t even sure there will even be enough spots once all of the housing is there,” said Gary Caton the director of Parking and Transportation Services (PaTS).
Construction will begin in May or June and continue until the following summer.
The design and cost for the deck has not been determined, but the limit set by the state is $27 million for the parking deck. After the design is approved the university will put out a bid for the deck, which will determine the overall costs of construction.
“According to the last thing I heard the bid was supposed to be mid-May,” said Caton, although that date is subject to change as plans develop.
PaTS is working to eliminate as much inconvenience as possible, although some students will have to park away from South Village.
“Anytime we build a deck we’re going to inconvenience someone, but in the end it’s worth it,” said Caton.
In order to accommodate the students that will be without a parking spot PaTS is currently working out a system to relocate them. There is a possibility students living in South Village will have to park in North Deck, which was completed this summer, and PaTS will work out a way of getting students back and forth to the deck.
To keep construction from interfering with student traffic construction roads will be made to keep construction workers off of campus roads.
“We’re trying to make it as convenient as possible for everyone,” said Caton.
The new deck will consist of a bus pull up, a road connecting the lot to Cameron Blvd. making it possible to go all of the way around campus and a walkway to the new housing being built in that area.
“It’s an exciting time, and it’s going to be inconvenient with construction. In the end it will be beautiful,” said Caton. “In the end it’s worth it.”