SGA announces plans for new parking garage

Florida A&M’s Student Body President Tonnette Graham announced at the presidential meeting Tuesday that FAMU is on a waiting list for a additional parking garage. 

Graham said the university will soon continue its talks with the state. Details will be ironed out with Chief of Police Terence Calloway and Interim Vice President of Student Affairs William Hudson Jr. later this week.

“I hope hear from the state soon,” Graham said. “We want to help the you guys, the students.”

Secretary of Welfare Anquinette Taylor said a new parking garage would be convenient for busy students.

“It’s hard to get to campus,” Taylor said. “A new parking garage can help with timeliness to get to class.”

Many students at the meeting, such as Curtis Washington, a senior occupational wellness student from Lake City, Fla., complained that they have to park off campus at places such as New Beginnings Child Development Center.

Washington said he is fortunate to have a friend who lives in Hillside Apartments, an apartment complex across the street from Benjamin Banneker.

“If I didn’t park there, I would park by the road in nearby neighborhoods,” Washington said.

But Washington feels on-campus parking is a safer option.

Graham hopes to get the answer from the state about the parking garage by this summer.