By From the Lowell Sun
LOWELL ---The University of Massachusetts Lowell this weekend opened a new 630-space parking garage, just in time for the beginning of the spring semester next week.
The $13 million garage, under construction for the past year on Pawtucket Street adjacent to LeLacheur Park, will help alleviate a parking crunch for students, faculty and staff.
As well as servicing residential students, it represents a quick walk for commuters to classes on UMass Lowell's North Campus.
"The garage will provide four levels of safe, well-lit parking near the largest cluster of residence halls," said Vice Chancellor for Facilities Diana Prideaux-Brune. "Most importantly, students won't have to cross a busy Aiken Street to get to it."
The four-level building was constructed with an eye toward safety and architectural parity within an urban setting, with its openness, extensive lighting, brick facing and mesh screens with a weaved pattern.
The university also increased the green space with plantings behind the garage along the Riverwalk.
"We did our best to make this garage as visually appealing as possible," Prideaux-Brune said.
The garage, built on the Bourgeois Hall parking lot, is restricted to members of the university community, but Prideaux-Brune said options for expanded use during the summer when there are fewer classes in session will be considered.