The University Record, June 18, 2001

Grand opening bash planned for structure

By Diane Brown
Facilities and Operations

Crews put the finishing touches on the Forest Avenue Parking Structure. (Photo by Bill Wood, U-M Photo Services)
Although public access to the Forest Avenue Parking Structure is a few weeks away, the grand opening party will be held 4:30-10 p.m. June 29. The “Park ‘N’ Party: S.U. Garage Jam” will feature a motorcycle show along with a parade, speeches, food and dancing. The free event is open to the public.

With U-M, the event is being hosted by the South University Area Merchants’ Association and WEMU, along with the city of Ann Arbor and the Downtown Development Authority.

The parade, which is scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. at Church Street and South University Avenue, will travel around the Diag block and end at the new structure.

The seven-level building is scheduled to open to the public in July and will provide 867 parking spaces, of which 277 are designated for University use. Many of the city’s 590 spaces will be for hourly visitors. The new structure, expected to cost $15.6 million, has a 70-year life expectancy. It replaced a smaller, city-owned building that was demolished in early 2000. The University’s share is $5.9 million.

“We’re eagerly awaiting the opening of this new project,” said Henry Baier, associate vice president for facilities and operations. “By combining the resources of the city and the University, we’ve been able to help University faculty and staff as well as the entire community, including merchants and residents. Months of work and vision by many people will help meet our ongoing parking challenge for years to come.”

Daily parkers will pay $1 per hour. Parking for city and University permit holders will be controlled using Automated Vehicle Identification (AVI) technology. The U-M spaces will be designated for blue and gold permit parking and will require an AVI access device to open the gates.

Devices will be available soon from the Parking Services office. For more information, call (734) 764-8291, or visit the Web at www.parking.umich.edu.