Sandy Creek Parking Deck Opens in January, Reserved Spaces Available

Posted: October 14, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

Parking Services is now accepting applications for reserved spaces in the new Sandy Creek Parking Deck, scheduled to open in January 2005 with the start of the spring semester. The 2,500-square-foot structure will be five levels, with 200 visitor spots on the lower level and 1,000 permit-required spaces filling the rest of the building.

More than 400 parking spaces have already been claimed. People who have reserved spaces in the Mason Pond Parking Deck may switch their spaces to the new deck as well. Reserved spaces cost $475 per year plus $25 for the key to get in and out of the deck. Semester reserved spaces cost $250 plus $25 for the key.

To ease traffic on Patriot Circle, the road will be widened to three lanes near the parking deck. Left- and right-hand turn lanes leading into the deck and into President’s Park and Liberty Square will be added.

There will be two entrances from Patriot Circle to access the deck: one on Sandy Creek Way, which is currently an access road to Enterprise Hall across from President’s Park, and one from York River Road, a new street under construction between Liberty Square and the Aquatic and Fitness Center. The deck itself will have five entrance and exit points—two for visitor spots and three for reserved spots, although the setup can be reconfigured to accommodate large events.

One new feature of the deck will be an automated system in place of cashiers. Drivers who have a reserved space will receive a transponder to place on their car, which will open the gate automatically when entering and exiting the parking deck. For others, a process known as “pay on foot” will be implemented. When someone enters the deck, they will receive a ticket, and when they exit, a machine reads the ticket and displays how much is owed. Users can then pay using either cash or a credit card. The system is currently in use at many locations nationwide, including Dulles Airport. A customer service technician will also be assigned to the deck in case any problems arise.

“Hopefully this deck will be a big help for faculty and staff,” says John Spaldo, assistant vice president for University Services, who adds that some spaces may be made available to students. “In addition to adding 1,000 parking spots for our employees, it will also assist departments who hold large-scale events and programs on that side of campus in the evening or on weekends.”

Faculty and staff can also park in Lot B until early 2006, when the lot will be taken offline to make room for a new academic building and the new research building.

To reserve a space in the deck, contact Catherine Epps at 703-993-2716 or cepps@gmu.edu.

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