Parking Development Project on Broadway Now Under Way

Photo of the former Willie's Bakery at 1215 Broadway being removed.

Demolition of the former Willie’s Bakery at 1215 Broadway is part of the first phase of a plan to remove three structures on the southwest corner of Broadway at Henderson Street to make way for new University parking at this location.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

June 8, 2009 – Southeast Missouri State University’s parking development project along Broadway got under way last week with demolition of a house at 239 N. Henderson, according to Scott Meyer, director of Facilities Management.

The first phase of the plan calls for removing three structures on the southwest corner of Broadway at Henderson Street, grading and paving of this area as a parking lot for the new residence hall under construction on the northeast corner of this intersection, and installing lighting and security cameras. The new lot will provide 122 new parking spaces.

Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration, says the University is in discussions with the City of Cape Girardeau on installation of a signalized pedestrian crossing or stoplight at this site.

Meyer said demolition of the former Willie’s Bakery at 1215 Broadway will begin today, Monday, June 8, followed by the demolition of a former tattoo shop at 1209 Broadway on Wednesday, June 10. All building and site demolition at the southwest corner of Broadway and Henderson is scheduled to be completed by June 12, Meyer said. Tom Hadler, project manager, said concrete from the demolished structures will be chipped and used as crushed fill under the new parking area. Construction of the new parking lot at this site will begin immediately with expected completion scheduled for Aug. 15.

Construction of the new 300-bed residence hall on the northeast corner of Broadway and Henderson, scheduled to be substantially complete by July 1, added the need for about 150 to 180 residence parking spaces on the south end of campus, Mangels said. Additional parking also is needed in this area to accommodate events at the University Center, Wehking Alumni Center and Innovation Center.

Mangels said the first phase of the parking development project along Broadway also will include the demolition of two buildings on the west side of Pacific Street at Broadway –- the former Howard’s Athletic Goods at 900 Broadway, and the former Beauty College at 904 Broadway — and the razing of three structures on the east side of Pacific Street at this location – the NASA Educator Resource Center at 222 Pacific, the former gas station at 834 Broadway and the Sobery building at 826 Broadway. Building and site demolition at Broadway and Pacific is scheduled to begin June 15 with completion by July 8, Meyer said. A new parking area on the west side of Pacific at Broadway is expected to be complete by Sept. 15.

While the original proposal called for graveling the razed areas at Pacific and Broadway, the University’s Board of Regents in April instead recommended grading and paving the lots on the northwest corner of this intersection. These properties will be reconfigured and paved this summer, resulting in 72 new parking spaces.

Because paving this area will increase the cost of the project, the Regents amended the original proposal concerning the northeast corner of Broadway and Pacific. The Board recommended that after the lots on the east side of Pacific are razed, those properties should be seeded as green space. The properties on the northeast corner, the Regents said, could be converted to parking at a later date as the need arises and funding becomes available.

Total revised cost of the first phase of the parking development project, including paving the northwest corner of Broadway and Pacific, is $2 million. Bond proceeds of $1.8 million are being matched with $200,000 from the parking and transit auxiliary to fund this project, Mangels said.

Mangels said the Board of Regents in February 2008 approved $10 million of System Facilities capital improvement projects from proceeds of a 2008 bond issue. These projects included the acquisition and demolition of property along Broadway and Pacific streets and the construction of parking areas to meet needs on the south end of campus.

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