Parking garage plans
By Matt Kelly
Board of Visitors building
and grounds committee on March 7 approved the preliminary design
for a $17.5 million, 1,180-space parking garage behind the Cavalier
garage, nine months in planning, is slated to begin construction
in June and should take a year to complete. It is intended to
serve University employees, students and visitors attending events
at U.Va. In the short term, it will replace the parking spaces
lost when the University builds the new arena on Massie Road.
five-story garage, first introduced at the June 2001 BOV meeting,
will be built along the CSX railroad tracks on a wooded site now
used to store mulch. There will be entrances and exits on both
Emmet Street and Ivy Road. At the recommendation of traffic consultants,
new traffic lights at these two sites will be synchronized with
the lights at the Emmet and Ivy intersection to help traffic flow.
project, which recently drew the ire of some Lewis Mountain neighborhood
residents, was the subject of the March 4 meeting of the neighborhood
association. There they expressed to University and city officials
concerns about the traffic impact on their homes.
all accept that the parcel is slated for development by the University,
said Jonathan Einbinder, association president. It is a
question of whether a garage is the best use for the land under
the master plan and how the city and U.Va. connect on this.
We appreciate U.Va. coming to our meeting, but we wanted more
meetings with the neighborhood association will include discussion
of traffic modeling data and building design, said Leonard W.
Sandridge, executive vice president and chief operating officer.
We welcome the neighbors ideas on how to make this
building and the site as a whole as attractive as possible,
he said. We also want to work with them and with the city
to minimize excessive traffic through residential streets.
A. Pete Anderson, University
architect, said the new garage would not make the Ivy Road/Emmet
Street intersection any better, but it also would not make it
All of these cars are coming
through there now.
said that Florida-based traffic consultants Glatting-Jackson will
meet with the neighbors to show, with a computer model, the impact
of the garage, as well as a new North Grounds connector to the
bypass that will bring traffic to and from the Massie Road area.
the garages first use is to replace the spaces lost to new
construction, it fits into future construction projects, including
student housing to be built in the next five to 10 years between
the garage and Ivy Road. The garage eventually will mesh with
another garage across Emmet Street for the Arts Grounds and a
1,500-car facility at the new basketball arena, which will be
accessed from the bypass.
Cox, the firm that designed the future Special
Collections library, also is working on the garage. Anderson
said the project would be put out to bid in the next several weeks.