Does FJC need a 4-Story Parking Structure at Cost of $46,000 per Stall?


February 14, 2017- Just 2 weeks into the Spring 2017 semester at approximately 8:30 a.m, plenty of parking spaces are still available. Shouldn’t the lots be totally full at that hour so early into a new semester? The college does not need to build an additional 4-story parking structure to gain a net total 630 spaces and which also would require the installation of two new traffic signals on Berkeley Ave. The $29 million dollar cost of the Centennial Structure project does not outweigh the benefits. How about the college invest in something truly unique, groundbreaking even? Perhaps mass transportation directly to the school’s front door- some cool, unique way of getting to school that doesn’t involve more automobiles and would be beneficial to both students and the neighbors. Remember Joni Mitchell: “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” Don’t be like that song Greg Schulz.
Available spaces just 2 weeks after classes started for Spring 2017 classes. The school does not need another 4-story parking structure on campus. Students always and forever will park on Berkeley Ave. for free.

Empty parking stalls at Fullerton Junior College February 14, 2017 at approximately 8:33 a.m- just two weeks after classes started for the Spring semester. Shouldn’t all the spaces be full just two weeks into a new school year?

A 4-story parking structure costing North Orange County taxpayers approximately $29,000,000 that will net just 630 new parking spaces (that’s an astronomical cost of $46,000 per space) and require the addition of two new traffic signals on Berkeley Ave is both ludicrous and unnecessary. It’s difficult not to notice empty parking spaces at Fullerton College a mere 2 weeks after classes started for the Spring 2017 semester. The college and NOCCCD (using your property tax dollars) want to build a 4-story parking structure that will require the installation of 2 new traffic signals on Berkeley Ave to accommodate the additional inflow and outflow of 630 automobiles. The cost to build this parking structure is approximately $29 million dollars.

You read that correctly- $29 million dollars and your beloved Berkeley Ave- originally constructed to help north and west bound travelers avoid the intersections of Chapman/Lemon and Chapman/Harbor- will now have two additional traffic signals to contend with. The college selfishly wants to build a 4-story parking structure just to the west of the Athletic Department’s ‘Field House’ because, well, the college always and forever needs more parking and to hell with neighbor concerns. This blogger and the entire neighborhood disagrees with and will fight you and your plan to ruin our community with the unnecessary building of parking structures and football stadiums. We eagerly await the Draft EIR, as we love to read documents like that for fun. I know you’ll personally let me know when the report is ready to be downloaded and viewed.

Here’e the shiny new toy the college wants to have all for themselves:fullerton-college-future-800-stall-parking-structure

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