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Fresno City College is finally set to get a parking structure, but it may be a wait

The State Center Community College District board approved plans for a new parking structure at Fresno City College that will accommodate up 1,000 parking spaces and cost an estimated $15 million to build.
The State Center Community College District board approved plans for a new parking structure at Fresno City College that will accommodate up 1,000 parking spaces and cost an estimated $15 million to build. Fresno Bee file

Fresno City College is finally slated to get a new parking structure that will have up to 1,000 parking spaces and cost an estimated $15 million to build.

The State Center Community College District board voted Tuesday evening to approve the project, which will replace existing surface parking spaces in Lots P and T.

The district is attempting to expedite the design and construction of the structure through a design-build bond, which allows an agency to contract with a single entity for the design and construction work. However, a recommendation to the board isn’t expected until December 2019, according to spokeswoman Lucy Ruiz.

More parking is regularly a top concern for Fresno City students. The campus has about 3,000 stalls for over 22,000 students, and the district has attempted to move its offices to accommodate more.

Measure C, a $485 million bond passed in 2016, initially included $50 million for parking improvements at the college, though some of that money was later reallocated for a new math and science building. Improving facilities for police and fire academies remains another top concern at the district.

Brian Speece, with State Center Community College District at Fresno City College, talks about the need to replace the crowded, aging and outdated Math and Science Building.

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Aleksandra Appleton covers schools for the Fresno Bee. She grew up in Fresno before attending UC San Diego and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
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