Updated parking ramp plans announced
By Maddy Warren
Editor In Chief
After plans were put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, construction of the new Gannon Building parking ramp on LCC’s downtown campus is finally getting underway.
Demolition plans for the three-story ramp were announced the week of Nov. 23.
“The ramp will be closing for demolition preparations on Dec. 15, 2020, with the final project completion scheduled for Aug. 23, 2022,” said Chris MacKersie, LCC executive director of the administrative services division.
An article in The Lookout published in April stated, “work on the ramp was initially scheduled to begin in June,” but plans changed when the pandemic started.
In May, LCC decided against plans to build a five-story parking structure across from the college’s University Center, due in part to backlash from city residents. Instead, it will now build a new Gannon Building ramp in place of the old.
“The new ramp will have five levels, but will be much easier to move from floor to floor than the current design,” MacKersie said.
MacKersie said the budget for the demolition of the current ramp and construction of the new ramp is $42 million, and will provide approximately 1,750 parking spaces. The current ramp has 979 spaces, according to former LCC President Dr. Brent Knight in an article last February.
According to an LCC press release from earlier in the year, the current ramp, which was completed in 1976, has operated 14 years past its life expectancy.
In another development, due to a significant decrease in the number of students, staff and faculty on campus this winter, downtown campus parking lots north of Saginaw Street will be closed, to save on snow removal costs.
Students enrolled in face-to-face classes for the spring 2021 semester can find alternative parking options at https://lcc.edu/about/parking/ by clicking on the “parking map” button.