Right on time for the start of the fall semester, a new 1,300-space parking structure--the first to be built on the Cal State Northridge campus in more than a decade--has opened at Darby Avenue and Vincennes Street.
Funded by the parking rate increases of fiscal years 2001-2002 and 2002-2003, the structure will provide nearly 1,300 parking spaces: 1,083 student spaces, 152 employee spaces, 22 motorcycle spaces and 19 disabled spaces.
Through the addition of Parking Structure B5, the Department of Public Safety reports a net increase of 1,000 campus parking spaces.
Employee spaces in the structure should be accessed via the first (southernmost) entrance off Darby Avenue. Located on the first level, they are striped yellow with the label "Employee Parking" painted on each space.
The new structure, well-lit and enhanced by bright white interior paint, will be available to those employee groups and students paying the higher parking permit rates. Employees with the EB (Employee Both) parking permit, which authorizes both parking structure and surface parking lot access, will be permitted to use Parking Structure B5. Employees with other permits, such as ES (Employee Surface), will not be authorized to use the structure.
Employees with disabilities who have current CSUN parking permits and disabled placards may park in Parking Structure B5's disabled parking spaces as well as in other disabled spaces on campus.
Built by Kajima Construction to strict earthquake safety standards, the new facility features shields on its Etiwanda Avenue boundary to protect apartments across the street from parking lot headlights.
Other campus parking news:
- Surface lot B5, adjoining the new Parking Structure B5, now contains 359 spaces marked as follows: 308 stenciled spaces for faculty and staff, 15 metered spaces, 14 disabled spaces and two visitor spaces.
- - Traffic traveling south on Etiwanda Avenue will be able to enter lots B1, B2 and B3 from Etiwanda Avenue. Traffic leaving these lots to access Etiwanda Avenue must travel southbound to Nordhoff Street.
- Lot D1 for faculty and staff along Nordhoff Street, with 127 total spaces, was rebuilt during the summer to improve traffic flow and add short-term metered parking spaces. Traffic flow will continue to be one-way from east to west. Traffic still will be able to exit south onto Etiwanda Avenue to Nordhoff Street, but now also will be able to exit north onto Etiwanda toward Prairie Street. Lot D1 has 107 spaces for faculty and staff, 14 metered spaces and six disabled spaces.
- Lot G1 near the University Club has 125 parking spaces, now clearly marked for designated users. There are 83 spaces for University Club guests, 16 spaces for faculty and staff, 10 spaces for Monterey Hall clients, 10 spaces of metered parking and six disabled parking spaces.
- Lot G3 on Zelzah Avenue, the former Prairie Street school site, now has 977 spaces, a gain of about 200 over last semester. That includes 108 parking spaces for faculty and staff, 32 disabled spaces and 837 student spaces. Two daily permit dispensers are located in lot G3 for daily purchases.
- Express shuttle bus service will resume between lot F10 on the North Campus and Prairie Street across from Sierra Hall on the main campus beginning Monday, Aug. 25, 2003. Operating hours will be 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays.
- The shuttle stops for the Metrolink shuttle are located in the south section of lot B6 near Plummer Street and on the west side of Lindley Avenue near Matador Square. The shuttle stop for the disabled transportation van is on the east side of Lindley Avenue near the USU.
- Information Booth No. 3 has been relocated from Plummer Street off Zelzah Street to the northeast corner of lot G4. New directional signs to the booth have been posted.
- Parking has been removed from both sides of Lindley Avenue and Plummer Street to provide required Fire Department access to campus buildings, to create fully compliant disabled parking spaces, and to facilitate development of the campus loop road system.
- The Department of Public Safety has issued a reminder to faculty and staff that current parking permits are required on the first day of classes (Monday, Aug. 25), in all campus parking lots and facilities. CSUN's parking facility location map is available on the Web at www-admn.csun.edu/parking/campus_maps.htm.
For parking questions, call (818) 677-2157, or contact the Parking Office in UPA Building 14, room 101.
Anne Glavin (center), Cal State Northridge's director of public safety, is joined by President Jolene Koester (left) and Los Angeles Police Department Commander Valentino Paniccia at Glavin's August 21 swearing-in ceremony. The new director is the university's first female chief of police.
@csun | August 25, 2003 issue
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