- Why was the existing parking structure torn down now?
The old Cherry Street Parking Structure was beyond its useful life and was too small for UMKC’s growing population. The new Cherry Street Parking Structure will double capacity on this site.
- Why did the parking structure have to be replaced now?
The UM System Board of Curators approved issuing Capital Project Bonds to take advantage of low interest rates and competitive construction pricing. UMKC capitalized on this opportunity to address capacity issues in parking.
In conversations leading up to the issuance of the bonds, UMKC Administration consulted with Faculty Council, Staff Council and the Student Government Association. All bodies recognized the challenges that would exist this year, but endorsed proceeding with the project. The project savings reduced the required faculty, staff and student parking rate increases by 50%. As presented to the campus at the time, rates will increase 4% each year for FY2012-2014 and 5% each year for FY2015-2016.
- What will be different about the new Cherry Street Parking Structure?
The new Cherry Street Parking Structure will double the number of spaces from the existing structure, going from about 750 space to about 1,500 spaces.
The new Cherry Street Parking Structure will provide enhanced parking and accessible pedestrian access through elevators and pedestrian bridges that will access the Olson Performing Arts Center, the Student Union, Cherry Hall and University Way.
The new Cherry Street Parking Structure will provide sustainable design features, including multi-modal transit access, showers and covered parking to bicyclists and their bikes and electric vehicle charging stations.
The new Cherry Street Parking Structure will incorporate the UMKC Police and Mail Services, moving them closer to the Residential Life population and to the core of the Volker campus.
- Are any options being looked at now that we see how everything is working?
Campus Facilities Management has evaluated a modification to the Shuttle Bus routes and effective Tuesday, September 6th has extended bus service to 10:00 PM and has restored limited Hospital Hill routes to supplement the KCATA Student Bus Pass program and to serve Faculty and Staff.
Parking Operations is also monitoring Metered Parking and Faculty/Staff parking to see if additional student spaces can be created by shifting assignments.
A car-sharing program will soon be available on both the Volker and Hospital Hill campuses.
UMKC Parking Operations is reviewing the security gate arrangements on the Hospital Hill Parking Structure.
- When will the new Cherry Street Parking Structure be open?
The new Cherry Street Parking Structure will be open in July, 2012, for the Fall semester.
For more information on UMKC Parking and Transportation, visit http://www.umkc.edu/transportation.
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