New Parking Garage Approved for TCC

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It's bumper to bumper on the campus of Tallahassee Community College as students look for open parking spaces.

“It's bad, just look around you. It's horrible. There is no parking. What are you going to do?" asked TCC student Daniel Vasseur.

"I have to leave my house an hour earlier to get here and to get parking. I have to park on one side of campus and walk all the way to the other side to get to my class. Parking is ridiculous," expressed TCC student Samantha Beasley.

There is currently a total of 2,950 parking spaces on campus, 200 of which were added this summer.

This week, TCC was given approval by Tallahassee city officials to move forward with its projected 15-to-20-year master plan. The plan includes the construction of a new parking garage near the campus's Pat Thomas Drive entrance.

"We want to provide a great environment for our students. That includes giving them parking access to classes and to other campus facilities," said TCC spokesman Scott Balog.

TCC officials say the garage comes with a price tag of $13 million. A completion date is set for February of 2008.

In addition to the garage, TCC has gotten the o.k. to improve storm water management through more underground drainage and retention ponds.