Parking garage extension up for approval

An extension will be added to the parking garage, once plans are approved, to create 500 extra parking spaces, according to Vice President of Administration Dennis Garbini and Associate Vice President of Facilities and Operations John Signorello.

“We now submitted plans for the extension of the parking garage,” Garbini said, “to alleviate stress on the current parking lots, as well as stress on students looking for a spot.”

He said the proposal for this construction will go to the South Orange Board of Adjustment in May, but the University got the approval from University officials and regents to proceed with the project.

According to Garbini and Signorello, they had been looking for ways to help the parking situation for two to three years now and this idea came up within the past year.

Garbini said this is necessary because the University’s parking demands have “spilled over onto the streets of South Orange.”

Garbini said as of now, he cannot say when the extension will be completed, as the University has not gained all the necessary approvals to go ahead with construction yet.

“Once we gain approvals, we’ll schedule construction and then we will be able to answer the completion date,” Garbini said.

Garbini and Signorello also commented on the progress being made on Aquinas and Stafford halls.

“We go before the Village a week from today, April 10 (for approvals),” Garbini said.

According to Garbini, any construction plans made have to go to the Village planning board for approval.

“The bathrooms in Aquinas will be done over the summer,” Garbini said. “The fourth floor will be roughed out over the summer and will be completed in the summer of 2014.”

Signorello said Stafford is also expected to be completed by the fall of 2014. He said these plans aim to “enhance the student environment.”

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