Fulfilling a promise to the campus community, Cal State Northridge expects to start construction next month on the university’s second new parking structure, a 2,063-space facility to be built just south of University Hall in Parking Lot B3.
The $18 million project will produce a net parking increase for the campus of about 1,350 spaces when the five-level structure is opened by fall 2005. The project is being funded by parking permit revenues from students and specified campus employee groups under increased rates that took effect beginning in 2001.
The first structure funded by the parking revenues, Parking Structure B5 west of the business and education buildings, opened in fall 2003 with a total of about 1,300 spaces and a net increase of about 1,000 spaces. Both structures primarily will provide increased student parking, though employee parking also is included.
To make way for the new construction, student Parking Lot B3 with 881 spaces is scheduled to close in early March and remain closed for the 18-month construction period. To compensate, at the start of the spring semester, the university already converted 210 available employee spaces in Lots B2 and B5 to student parking.
In addition, the university also expanded its shuttle bus service between the main campus and the North Campus, which has more than 1,500 available parking spaces. A new second circulator route was added that travels around the campus, starting at the North Campus, heading south on Zelzah Avenue, west along Nordhoff Street and north on Darby Avenue.
The university does not receive state funds to provide surface parking or parking structure improvements, so such projects depend on parking permit revenues. Prior to the construction of these two new parking structures, the university had not built such a project in the past decade.
@csun | February 16, 2004 issue
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