Inadequate Off-Campus Parking
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We, the students of SUNY Plattsburgh, are petitioning the building of another campus building in lieu of off-campus parking space. Before the off-campus parking lot behind Hawkins Hall was closed to us, there was already an inadequate number of parking lots on campus for off-campus students.
While we appreciate the campus shuttle accommodations, the location of this shuttle is completely unacceptable. A 2-mile extra drive from Hawkins Hall to behind Sibley Hall to wait for a shuttle is not why we pay $90 per semester to park on campus. This greatly affects local students who have to drive more than 5 miles in the morning for class. Before the revocation of this parking site behind Hawkins, we already would have to travel to campus an extra 15-20 minutes before class started to attempt to get a parking spot.
The closing of the Hawkins parking lot has caused many of us to park our vehicles on side streets. What will happen when these streets are unable to be parked on due to snow?
We understand the great impact a new building will have on the Business and Computer Sciences programs here at SUNY Plattsburgh, but we also understand the importance of having adequate on-campus parking for the students. We suggest lowering the cost per semester to park on campus as a short-term solution to this issue.
There needs to be a plan to multiply the number of off-campus parking spaces available shortly, as the shuttle accommodations are falling quite short of the expectations we have as paying members of this college. We pay each semester to be able to utilize the parking facilities on campus, and the shuttle provided is not what we expect from these fees. Parking should be the least of our worries.
As graduating highschool seniors look towards colleges after highschool, having the option not to park on campus will be a determining factor to those students on whether or not they will choose this school. If they do not have a place to park once off-campus, why would they choose this school?
It should also be known that many students already enrolled in this college are not planning on renewing their parking permits in the upcoming semesters. It is our hope that enough students will deny the college the option to take their money without providing the service we pay so dearly for.
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