The Auburn University Board of Trustees recently approved a 575-space parking deck planned for the lot south of the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center.
The five-level deck would provide a net increase of 395 spaces over the existing parking lot.
The spaces would support faculty, staff, students, hotel guests and guests of the planned Culinary Science Center, according to board meeting materials. It would alleviate parking problems for faculty and staff who work in the Mell Classroom Building during the day, as well as students studying at Ralph Brown Draughon Library at night.
The parking deck “would significantly enhance the University parking situation in the northeast portion of the campus core — Auburn’s most problematic area for parking,” according to meeting materials.
The estimated cost of project is $13.2 million, which will be paid for out of university funds.
Construction of the deck is projected to begin in early summer, with completion estimated for March 2019.
The board also approved an easement for The Whatley Building redevelopment project, which will bring bottom-floor retail and four levels of luxury condos to South College Street. The easement of approximately 0.15 acres to the north of Ingram Hall provides access to the residential tenants of the planned building to their parking area off South Gay Street.
Under the proposal, the property owner would relandscape the university property and maintain it in the future.
Demolition and construction of the Whatley Building project is expected to begin this summer.