Parking Spaces Shrink as Repairs to Top-Level on Garage Remain Undone

Florida A&M students who drive will be a few parking spaces short in the fall because the top-level of the garage will be closed for at least a few more months.

FAMU Parking Enforcement barred access to the top of the three-tiered garage in April after they discovered a two-foot-long crack along its ramp. The parking garage is 12 years old.

Director of Facilities Planning and Construction Samuel Houston said recently that repairing the garage is a priority but that his office has not yet set a date to begin work.Contractors of Walker Restoration Consultants estimate that fixing the garage will cost $248,000 and take at least 90 days.

Students are likely to continue being inconvenienced in the coming months.

“Every morning I have to get to school at least 45 minutes before my class starts just to get a parking spot on campus,” said senior Aliesha Miller. “It can be a real hassle trying to find a place to park with all of these students with cars.”

Contractors assured Houston that parking in the garage remains safe overall. But students who remain unsure can use any of the 250 spaces available located at FAMU Way and MLK Boulevard.In the fall when students return, parking service staff are encouraging students to park at the Bragg Stadium General Lot.

Parking service could not be reached for further questioning.