Upcoming parking changes in west campus

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By Jeff Stensland, 803-777-3686

The second phase of construction is set to begin on the newest campus student housing project, a unique 878-bed facility that will allow upperclassmen to live in the heart of the university’s west campus.

As a result of the construction, the faculty and staff FS5 surface lot (located on Park Street directly behind the Carolina Coliseum and the new Darla Moore School of Business) will close permanently beginning Monday, Aug. 11 and all cars must be removed to make way for the for the second phase of housing construction.

The adjacent AD2 surface parking lot behind the Carolina Coliseum was permanently closed in April, and the N1 parking area within the AD2 parking lot was relocated in the AD3 parking lot.

A surface lot, FS10, located next to the Facilities Center near the corner of Gadsden and Greene streets, will open on Monday, Aug. 11 and be available to those with faculty and staff parking permits.

The faculty/staff parking area in the FS4 lot and Graduate Student parking in the GS4 lot will not change.

Scheduled to open in two phases beginning in fall 2015, the private complex will be located behind the Carolina Coliseum and near the Greek Village and the new Darla Moore School of Business. It will include both retail space and a dining facility. The second phase is expected to open in the fall of 2016.

Upon completion, the new student housing project will include nearly 700 parking spaces for residents; 437 in the first phase and 252 in the second phase.

In addition to the parking lot opening on Gadsden Street, faculty and staff have the option to purchase parking permits in one of several garages around campus. Please be aware that parking will be more difficult than usual this fall. For convenience, faculty and staff are encouraged to obtain a guaranteed parking space in one of the following garages:

• Discovery Plaza Garage
• Horizon Garage
• Blossom Street Garage
• Pendleton Street Garage
• Senate Street Garage
• Athletic Village Garage

The faculty and staff rate for these garages is $60 per month. Employees have the option to have payments made automatically through payroll, which enables them to take advantage of paying pre-tax. For additional information, please contact Parking Services at parking@mailbox.sc.edu.

Parking FAQs

Q: Why are the lots behind the Coliseum closing?

A: Construction has begun on the newest University of South Carolina student housing project, a 878-bed facility that will allow upperclassmen to live in the heart of the university’s west campus.

As a result of the construction, the FS5 surface lot (located directly behind the Carolina Coliseum and the new Darla Moore School of Business) will close permanently beginning Monday, Aug. 11 for the second phase of housing construction. The adjacent AD2 surface parking lot behind the Carolina Coliseum was permanently closed as of Saturday, April 5.

Q: Where will state vehicles now park?

A: Various parking lots throughout campus have designated spaces for state vehicle parking. State vehicles may also park in any legal space within our surface parking lots.

Q: Where should I park now if I normally park in the FS5 lot?

A: You have multiple options. In addition to the existing FS4 surface lot bordered by Lincoln, Greene, Gadsden and Devine streets, an additional surface lot, FS10, will open Monday, Aug. 11 next to the Facilities Center near Gadsden and Greene streets. Garage permits also can still be purchased for the following:

• Discovery Plaza Garage
• Horizon Garage
• Blossom Street Garage
• Pendleton Street Garage
• Senate Street Garage
• Athletic Village Garage

Q: Will shuttle services change as a result of the closure?

A: Current shuttle services will remain in place at this time. Additional buses to existing routes can be added later if ridership increases. If changes are made, they will be posted.

Q: Why does it cost more to park in a garage?

A: Parking Services is a self-supporting auxiliary department and receives no appropriated funds. Parking fees and citation revenue are the only sources of revenue to build, maintain and operate our parking facilities. Parking garages require a significant financial investment to build. In fact, each space in a parking garage costs approximately $16,000.

Q: Why is it sometimes difficult to find parking on campus?

A: USC Columbia is an urban campus and parking availability has shifted toward garages and away from surface parking lots. This change is necessary to provide space for new academic space and student housing, and to improve pedestrian safety.

Q: Where can I find out more information about campus parking and shuttle services?

A: Visit the Parking Services website.