Campus offers more parking
By Amanda Hickey
Construction around campus has caused changes in several parking areas, including lots 10, 14 and 17.
“With lot 10, there were three spaces marked for police vehicles that have been returned to resident student parking.
In lot 14, the first five rows on the southern end of the lot were converted to faculty/staff in order to accommodate those faculty [and] staff in the BA/Education buildings that lost parking due to construction of Oak Hall,” said Campus Police Chief David L. Helton.
The Oak Hall project has resulted in the displacement of approximately 150 faculty/staff, most of whom have moved to lots 14 and 24.
The Field House project has resulted in the loss of approximately 75 spaces that were once used as over-flow parking,” continued Helton.
Despite the loss of some parking spaces, Campus Police had a plan.
“The grass area behind Burger King was leased, and several gravel parking lots were constructed to help off-set the lost spaces.
When Sampson Hall is completed, there has been discussion to create additional parking nearby that building,” said Helton.
While campus lost parking due to the construction of the Field House and Oak Hall, parking has increased by more than 50 spaces, 100 including lot 25, said Helton.
E-mails about the changes were sent to faculty, staff and students. Flyers were also posted in the Belk, North and West halls and UC.
Helton also instructed officers not to give citations in parking lot 14 for the first three days.