Univ. to add more parking spaces after garage demolition

The University will add more parking spaces scattered throughout Foggy Bottom after a GW parking garage is demolished to make way for a new science center, a senior administrator said.

The parking facility, located at 22nd and I streets, has 1,200 spaces available, but is slated to be demolished in the coming years to build a $240 million science center. The University will have to compensate for those spaces in other areas of campus, said Lou Katz, executive vice president and treasurer.

“We need to show the District and the community that we are able to provide adequate parking,” Katz said.

Square 54, across the street from the garage, will eventually include 1,062 spaces, but only 362 will count toward the University’s total because 700 of those spaces will be allocated to the new shopping center on the property, Katz said. The rest will be provided in less-centralized locations, such as a 178-space section below the new residence hall under construction on F Street and another small lot on G Street.

“Overall, we will have more parking spots than we do now,” Katz said. “But we will have many more sites.”

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