University of Michigan to discuss Wall Street parking garage with neighbors
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University of Michigan will begin construction on a 725-space, six-story parking structure along Wall Street next month and the school is holding a meeting on Wednesday to discuss details of the construction project with nearby residents.
The structure will add 500 spaces to the university's parking portfolio and cost $34 million to build. 'Blue' U-M permit holders should be able to park in the structure by the winter of 2014.
An architect for the project has called the structure a "neighborhood gateway" for Lower Town, but residents have expressed concern about increased traffic due to the new garage and about the possible disruptiveness of construction.
The structure was first proposed in 2008, then dropped in favor of the Fuller Road Project. When the Fuller Road project was halted in the winter of 2012, U-M revisited building a parking structure on Wall Street. The school's Board of Regents approved the schematic design for the parking structure at a July 2012 meeting.
During the 90-minute meeting, which is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., May 22, the school will share construction logistics with impacted neighbors.
The meeting will be held on the seventh floor of the Brehm Center, located at 1000 Wall St., in room 7045.