Colorado has made huge cuts to higher education funding. So what does the CSU Administration plan to do about that?
Answer: spend up to $93 million of on three new parking garages!
University officials say the development is not directly connected with the proposed on-campus football stadium a few blocks away, but acknowledge the additional parking would be useful on game days. They say the garages, with space for thousands of cars, would primarily serve the growing campus and the nearby MAX bus rapid-transit service.
A parking garage to serve a BRT stop? And it gets better…two of the garages will be situated in protected wetlands:
The $43 million Bay Farm garage project envisions twinned parking structures with a combined capacity of up to 2,400 cars. The garages would be built in the vacant fields behind the Hilton, in space opened up by this fall’s redesign of the city’s Spring Creek Trail.
Because the area is in a floodway, CSU is limited in what it can build there. Regulations generally bar buildings such as offices, shops or homes from being built in floodways, but parking garages are allowed.
That is one giant loophole which needs to be closed.