5-acre lot to be used as temporary parking in spring 2012

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The McNeese Foundation will purchase a 5-acre piece of land near the University for $1.3-million that will be used as a temporary parking lot when construction on the parking garage begins in the spring.

Construction on the parking garage will eliminate 300 parking spots available to students. Once the garage is completed, 800 to 900 new parking spots will be added to the campus.

Director of Public Information at McNeese Candace Townsend said this spot of land on Sale Road will benefit the campus not just by being a temporary parking lot.

"The future determination of what will happen to this property will be discussed and we're in the process right now," Townsend said. "But this piece of property gives us a lot of possibilities."

She said the parking garage will take anywhere from 12 to 18 months to complete and during that time is when the lot will be used as temporary parking.

"The campus is landlocked, so this property will become very valuable to us as we plot the future of McNeese and our future growth," Townsend said.

As for some of the students, the parking garage cannot come soon enough.

"It takes me about 30 minutes to find a parking spot," Senior Rogneisha Elliott said.

"I feel like there's not enough parking for the amount of students here," Zoe Bruce, senior, said.

"There's nowhere to park, and if you do find somewhere to park it takes 10 minutes to get over here," Desarae Couthren, sophomore, said.

And Townsend said by the Foundation purchasing this property, it will benefit the University in many months and years to come.

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