Greek Village parking facility under development
The university is developing plans to construct a new parking and meeting facility on land the university currently owns on Devine Street at the block between Gadsden Street and the railroad tracks. This 1,200-space garage will be available for exclusive use by fraternity and sorority members and will address the need for additional parking adjacent to the Greek Village during meal times and chapter meetings. The facility also will feature 30,000 square feet of retail and meeting space.
Since the Greek Village first opened, there has been concern voiced about the availability of parking. Since parking is an auxiliary function of the university and by state law, tuition and state appropriations cannot be used to support parking operations. Therefore, new construction and maintenance of facilities must be paid for with revenue generated by fees.
Beginning this fall, all students who have members in a fraternity or sorority that operate a house on campus will be assessed a $125 per semester fee to be used to help pay construction costs. This is separate from the new $50 activity fee that will assist with hiring staff dedicated to meeting the needs of the growing Greek community at Carolina.
Construction of the facility is expected to begin in 2018, pending necessary approvals by the Board of Trustees. Completion of the garage is currently estimated to be fall 2018 or early 2019. Periodic construction updates will be sent out as the project progresses.
To assist with parking needs this fall, university Parking Services is working to locate a temporary parking site near the Greek Village for convenient parking access in this area during meal times.
As always, the university shuttle system is available as an alternative to driving to the Greek Village. In addition to the lunchtime shuttles to and from Greek Village, a new app being unveiled this fall will allow students to track shuttles in real time, making it easier to navigate campus without using a car.
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