By Cameron Jury, Staff Writer
Gettysburg College has begun and is continuing to construct a brand new parking lot with the hopes to increase options for student and faculty parking on campus.
The construction of this new parking lot began in December 2019 and is expected to be completed by June 2020. The lot is being constructed next to the College’s Central Energy Plant, which was built back in 1992. To make room for the new lot, the College is replacing a portion of the Stone parking lot and connecting the parking to the West Stadium lot to create more space.
Though the construction of the new lot is quite a large project, the College anticipates a payoff that both students and faculty will find useful once complete. The lot is predicted to provide over 200 paved parking spaces, both for students and for Gettysburg College Transportation Services.
“The lot will be needed because of the impact that a residence hall construction could have on existing campus parking,” Executive Director of Facilities James Biesecker said.
Plans are currently underway for a new residence hall in the current Stadium North parking lot.
The college says it is taking sustainability into consideration with respect to the lot. According to Biesecker, “the lot will also offer an EV charging station to support students and employees with electric vehicles.” This effort not only supports students and faculty who need to charge their electric vehicles, but also contributes to campus sustainability efforts more broadly.
Although currently there is no assignment for who can park in the lot, there may be more distinction established in the future.