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Davie campus unveiling new parking garage in 2009
By Irene Vomvolakis

Construction has begun on the eagerly anticipated and sorely needed five-level parking garage on the Davie campus. It should be ready by fall 2009, officials said.

The new Florida Atlantic University-Broward College garage will be situated near the wellness center east of College Avenue, immediately south of the 30th Street Broward College exit.

The cost of the joint use garage is $10,075,494, according to the Broward College Web site. It will be paid for by both institutions, although it will be on Broward College property.

The new parking garage is expected to hold 1,000 cars or a “net increase of approximately 750 cars” on that space, according to Phyllis Bebko, assistant vice president of Broward operations.

“FAU will be contributing annually to the cost including the repaying of the bond acquired for the construction,” she said.

With almost 6,000 students, the Davie campus is the largest partner of any state university's main campus. President Frank Brogan, in his recent “State of the University” address, acknowledged the importance of the Davie campus and praised the new project as a “wonderful addition” to an ever-expanding campus.

Many students around the Davie campus are unaware of the new garage.

“I had no idea we were getting a garage. It's about time,” said Andrine Fertilien a finance major.

Although students on the Davie campus welcome the idea of additional parking, some are skeptical.

“Although parking is crowded, I'm worried they are going to charge us more in parking fees. We don't have money for classes. How are we going to pay for a garage?” asked Angela Foskolos, a sociology major.




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