By David Stephens / Staff Writer
Parking Lot A on the corner of Faculty Avenue and Carson Street has been invaded by construction crews again this summer.
The lot was closed in early 2011 to act as a construction staging area while the new student services Building A was under renovation. Original plans called for the roughly 55-stall staff parking lot to open upon the completion of Building A in April. However, fences remain, closing off the parking lot to on-lookers.
When talking about if he knew why Parking Lot A was closed, Krisse Picache, a mechanical engineering major, 22, said, “Closed, no. I mean, it looks clean, there are no cars there.” The lot has only two stalls being used for materials while the rest remains vacant until the sporadic car for a construction worker comes in or out.
In May, LBCC released its most up-to-date construction impact diagram showing that the lot will in fact remain closed until summer 2015 as it will remain a staging area for contractors.
Picache commented about the lot remaining closed: “As a student, yeah it bites. That’s extra parking we can use to walk faster to class.”
Construction has no end in sight as plans are in place until October 2020, therefore Lot A may remain closed for several more years.
Although Lot A is the smallest lot on campus, its use and lack thereof, can be felt across campus. Some employees of LBCC also feel out of the loop. Associate Professor of English, Kirsten Moreno commented: “I understand that construction workers need a location on campus, but the larger question is whether or not the lot will eventually be restored to faculty use. To my knowledge, no one has addressed this.”
Students on the southern side of campus feel the effects as well. While walking from the parking lot to the T Building, nursing major David Bentahar, 36, mentioned that parking needs to be “improved for easy access for all.”
Not everyone is upset about the construction crews taking up nearby parking spaces. Marlon Zepeda, an architecture design major, 22 noted that “they do not have anywhere else to go. They do need a space to give them room to work so they don’t have to worry about running into their own equipment.”
A request for comment from the Measure E Bond Management Team has not been returned.
Information about the construction and parking impacts brought forth by Measure E is available by visiting lbcc.edu/bondprogram.