Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Friday, October 19, 2012

University to develop surface parking on Oakland Street property

In an effort to provide additional Central Campus parking, U-M plans to convert university-owned property on Oakland Street into a surface parking lot.

The sale and removal of houses at 716 and 726 Oakland will allow for expansion of an existing small lot to create 34 additional parking spaces for faculty and staff near the Law School. The lot will include accessible parking spaces and be open to anyone with a gold or blue permit.

“We continue to make adjustments where we can to better address the needs of our campus community,” said Steve Dolen, executive director of Parking & Transportation Services.

University officials are exploring the opportunity to provide covered bicycle parking in the area as well.

The houses were most recently used by the Law School and Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy during building renovations, but the houses are vacant now that the projects are complete.

It is standard practice for the university to go through an open bid process prior to demolition, and publish a notice to let the community know that the home is available to be purchased and moved.

If it's determined there no longer is an institutional or mission-related use for the home, and no one buys it, the house would be demolished.

In addition to the Oakland properties, the university also listed property at 126 E. Hoover.