New parking garage eases space crunch at Washtenaw Community College
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A dearth of parking at Washtenaw Community College has long been bemoaned by students, but that's all changing with the opening of a new, $12.7 million, 473-space parking structure.
Plans courtesy of Rich & Associates and WCC
The structure opened this month and features an enclosed walkway that connects the garage to the existing Crane Liberal Arts and Science building.
WCC officials have touted the garage as necessary to accommodate a growing student body and a long-standing parking problem at the college.
Due to tight parking, the school asked many students and instructors to park off-site in lots at Eastern Michigan University and take a shuttle to the WCC campus prior to the opening of the new structure. The school also encouraged students to take the bus, selling more than 1,000 discounted Ann Arbor Transportation Authority passes.
Despite ardent support from WCC administrators, the garage did receive some criticism from students and a few WCC trustees, who said the project was too costly and poorly designed. WCC also had trouble getting the garage plans approved by Ann Arbor Township. The township sent back WCC's initial zoning request for the garage due to an incomplete application.