Construction to Temporarily Displace Some Parking
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,
March 6, 2007 – The third phase of work is scheduled to begin March 12 on the Multi-Modal Transfer Facility (MMTF) project at Southeast Missouri State University.
Beth Glaus, manager of parking and transit, said the work will temporarily displace about 500 parking spaces at the MMTF and west of the Student Recreation Center.
Beginning March 12, the lower level of the site, west of the existing structure, will be prepared for construction, said Keith Kimmel, Facilities Management project manager. On March 19, the construction area will be completely closed by Facilities Management and the contractor, Kiefner Brothers Inc., so work can commence.
When students return from spring break, a construction fence will be up, and excavation at the site will begin, Kimmel says.
He says the third phase of the project calls for the construction of a two-story parking structure identical to the current garage. The new structure will be located immediately south of the current garage.
The MMTF is located on a 7.3 acre site north of New Madrid Street and west of the Student Recreation Center (Parking Lot No. 3 and commonly referred to by students as “The Pig Lot.”) The MMTF is a tiered “park and ride lot.”
In an effort to accommodate students with parking permits at the site, Parking Services plans to contact those with resident perimeter tags March 5-16. Students will be contacted based on their class code. These resident students will be permitted to upgrade and park their vehicle in empty spaces in the Towers and Greek lots and at Houck Field House without any additional cost to them and without the risk of being ticketed, Glaus said.
Those with fewer cumulative hours and not selected for the upgrade will be permitted to park in the lower level of the current MMTF garage and in the gravel lot immediately north of the current structure, Glaus said. Shuttle service will be available for these students on the north side of the construction site, she said. The upper level of the current MMTF will be closed during the construction period.
In addition, resident students with perimeter decals who live in Myers Hall, New Hall and Dearmont will be contacted with the option to upgrade to the lower tier of the faculty/staff lot in front of Houck Field House, to the “any permit” lot at the former First Baptist Church sanctuary building or to the lower level of the current garage at the “pig lot,” Glaus said.
Some students with commuter perimeter decals also will receive upgrades during the construction period, Glaus said. Students with commuter perimeter tags will be allowed to use the unaffected spaces to the south and west of the construction site and the open surface spaces around the Show Me Center. Shuttle service will accommodate these students from New Madrid Street, she said.
Glaus said students with parking permits affected by the construction will be contacted by e-mail and will receive a mailed letter from the Department of Public Safety explaining their options.
Commuter students parking in or around the MMTF during the construction period are encouraged to access the area from Sprigg Street since access to Recreation Drive from New Madrid Street will be difficult and limited at times, Glaus said.
During the construction period, members of the community who are patrons of the Student Recreation Center are asked to park in Lot 49, just off New Madrid in front of the Student Recreation Center. University faculty, staff and students are asked not to park in this lot during the construction period.
The new parking deck is expected to be completed by move-in day in August, Kimmel said. When it is completed, 190 new parking spaces will be available at the MMTF, which will include a combination of structure and surface parking and improved transit stops. The proposed design, when all phases are completed, calls for a total of 1,800 parking spaces at the location with the integration of a transit plaza.
The approximate $17 million project is being funded by a Federal Transit Administration grant administered through the Missouri Department of Transportation. It covers 80 percent of the cost. The University is responsible for a 20 percent match from its Parking and Transit Auxiliary Fund.
The project is being completed in phases as funding is appropriated through Congressional earmarks. Cost of the third phase of the project is $2.8 million.