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Volume 68, Issue 11, Tuesday, September 10, 2002

News
 

Parking lot will benefit special needs students

By Ray Hafner
Senior Staff Writer

Residents hoping to play basketball this month may find a backhoe parked in the court.

Construction began last week on a new parking lot for the still-under-construction Center for Students with Disabilities. The lot will be where the basketball courts between the Quadrangle and the Moody Towers used to be, which means the courts are being torn down.

According to Bob Browand, director of Parking and Transportation Services, two new basketball courts will be erected in place of two of the three tennis courts, which Browand said are rarely used.


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Construction workers stand next to the area where basketball courts used to be, between the Quadrangle and the Moody Towers. A parking lot will replace the courts, and it will add 93 spaces for visitors to the Center for Students with Disabilities and the Student Services Center, as well as for faculty and staff.

That will leave the area with one tennis court, two basketball courts and a soccer field.

The new parking lot is expected to have 93 spaces, to be used primarily by visitors to the Student Services Center and the Center for Students with Disabilites. It will also be for faculty and staff.

Planning began nine months ago for the project, which will cost $500,000.

The basketball courts are expected to be finished within two weeks, weather permitting. 

The entire project should be completed by Oct. 15.

Student parking will get some relief next week when the temporary parking lot at the corner of Wheeler Avenue and Calhoun Boulevard opens.

The temporary lot was originally scheduled for completion by Wednesday, but construction has been delayed because of the recent rain.

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