The city of Riverside has officially approved a five-level parking structure to be constructed outside of the California Baptist University campus in Lancer Plaza with an expected completion date at the end of 2019.
The structure will provide more than 1,450 additional parking spaces and will be open for everyone to use, with
student parking being the main objective.
The current timeline for the project will start with the demolition of the empty buildings adjacent to CBU’s Recreation Center, expected to begin in February. Construction is expected to begin in late spring or early summer.
Mark Howe, CBU vice president of Finance and Administration, said the current estimate for the project is $30 million. However, the project has currently been sent to contractors for bidding.
“We will be receiving proposals from contractors with official cost estimates by the first part of February,” Howe said.
The lack of parking at CBU has been a concern of many students on campus, from both resident students and commuters.
Kent Dacus, vice president for Enrollment and Student Services, said that while students may complain about parking, in reality, there are plenty of open spaces further away from the main campus.
“Every day we have available parking either at The Colony or the Health Science campus,” Dacus said.
Dacus also said CBU staff members are not allowed to park in the Yeager Center lot and are assigned parking on the Health Science Campus instead.
Colleen Ndayishimiye, sophomore finance major, said she thinks the new parking structure will be beneficial to all students.
“Every car will have a place and so it’ll help with traffic since students won’t be in such a hurry to find a spot,” Ndayishimiye said.
Howe said he would ask the CBU community to be patient over the next year while construction is underway.
“We expect parking will be a little more challenging in the next academic year,” Howe said. “We simply ask that the campus community be patient and understanding as we work to add capacity.”