Residence hall construction reduces parking spaces

By Gary Hermann

Construction of the new residence hall on Haggin Field will reduce the number of parking spaces in the R10 lot next to Haggin Hall beginning April 11.

The impacted section has 22 student residential spaces, according to a UK Parking and Transportation Services news release.

Ben McIntyre, an accounting sophomore, is a resident adviser in Haggin and said he is concerned about losing some of the spaces in R10.

“I am a little worried about my spot,” McIntyre said. “R4 is not too bad of a walk, though.”

Permit holders in R10 can continue to park in the remaining spaces, or after April 11, in the R4 lot, located near Fraternity Row off Hilltop Avenue.

Chrissie Tune from UK Parking said she does not believe the changes will have a major impact on R4.

“We have done a lot count and survey,” Tune said.

McIntyre said other aspects of the construction are on weighing heavier on his residents’ minds.

“They are really more worried about the basketball goal,” McIntyre said.

Haggin has basketball hoops next to the parking lot.

Parking for Central Campus residents will experience more changes after the end of the school year.

The remainder of the lot will be permanently closed after the spring semester.

UK Parking has not released an official plan for parking at the Central Campus residence halls, but Tune said UK Parking is mindful of the students who live in those complexes.

“We will be doing things to accommodate those students living in the Haggin and Donovan complexes for the next permit year,” Tune said.

McIntyre said he will miss having the R10 lot when he returns in the fall, since it is right outside his door.

“R10 is like having your own driveway at home,” McIntyre said.