Students at Wichita State University may be able to find parking spots more easily in the future as the university is currently seeking approval to build a parking garage from the Kansas Board of Regents.
The proposed multilevel parking garage would provide 400 parking spots, and would be located on the site of the current parking lot that sits just south of the Rhatigan Student Center. The project is expected to cost $7.2 million, which breaks down to roughly $18,000 per parking spot, according to Vice President of Strategic Communications, Lou Heldman. Construction of the garage will be financed by parking fees as well as bond proceeds.
"Planning for the garage reflects the university's confidence in increasing enrollment and our response to complaints that there is inadequate parking near the central part of campus," said WSU President John Bardo.
The project has received positive feedback from current Wichita State Students, who heard the news on Tuesday.
The plans for the new parking garage are currently pending approval from the Kansas Board of Regents.
The project is expected to take 18 months to complete, including both planning and construction, once the necessary approvals have been obtained.
If the project is approved, it could be complete as early as the beginning of the fall 2017 semester.