Parking council recommends shifting of spaces, closing of lot

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The Department of Facilities Planning has advised the UNF Board of Trustees to abolish Lot 7, eliminate some premium parking in Lot 9 to make room for more designated parking and to eliminate some designated parking in Lot 2 to make room for additional visitor and vendor parking, said Vince Smyth, director of Auxiliary Services.

Although the 31 designated parking spaces in Lot 7 are being used minimally — which Smyth cited as the primary reason of its elimination in a council meeting Oct. 30 — there has been a slight increase in the sales of designated permits, he said.

Of all the designated spots on campus, there were an average of 93 spaces filled per day out of a total 209 spaces available, leaving an average of 116 designated spaces left open during fall 2009, according to Parking Service’s lot count data.

Therefore, designated parking may replace some premium spaces in Lot 9 to allow parking for potential new faculty members, Smyth said. The specific number of spaces with the potential to be moved and/or replaced has not been released yet.

Lot 7, located beside Buildings 51 and 3, may be replaced with a new arts and sciences building.

“There’s really not a lot of spaces there, anyway,” Smyth said of Lot 7.

Detailed plans for the building have not yet been released.

Registered guest and/or vendor parking may replace about seven unused designated spaces in Lot 2. The process of making Lot 2 more accessible to visitors and guests has already begun, Smyth said.

Council Chair Everett Malcolm also proposed to duplicate the parking permit categories and fees from this current year into the 2010-2011 school year, making it the fourth year the council will have not recommended an increase in costs.

“I don’t feel we should disturb a plan that’s working excellent,” he said.

Furthermore, the council recommended that no new parking surfaces or structures be planned for the 2010-2011 school year, as there are enough spaces in the outer lots to meet students’ needs, Malcolm said.

As far as premium, core-campus parking goes, the plan is to keep the main area of the campus available for academic buildings instead of multiple parking garages, Smyth said.