When the spring semester at Hartnell College begins on Monday, Jan. 23, there will be more parking available on campus for students as the result of the opening of a new, three-level parking structure.
The $18 million facility will provide 1,177 parking spaces, according to Stan Crane, assistant to the president for Measure H. Measure H is the $131 million bond measure passed by Salinas Valley voters in 2002, which is funding several improvements at Hartnell.
Located on Central Avenue across from Central Park, the state-of-the-art parking structure features a fire sprinkler system and transparent walls in the elevators and staircases for better safety and security, according to Crane.
"The building," he continued, "also houses an electrical generator that will ensure that lights in the structure will remain on and campus phones and computers will not be affected by electrical outages."
Student parking passes are $25 per semester. The daily rate is $1 per day or 25 cents per hour. Machines will accept one-dollar bills and all coins except pennies.
The parking structure will be officially dedicated at a public ceremony on Friday, Feb. 17.