Parking Structure Ribbon Cutting
It's been a long time coming and long needed. Now, it's finally finished and time to celebrate. We're talking about the new Fresno City College Parking Structure on Weldon Avenue near Blackstone. A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new facility will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Please register if you plan to attend on Eventbrite.
"While some might be amused that we "celebrate" the opening of this parking structure, we think it's a great accomplishment as we know how much it will contribute to the success of our students. By helping them find parking quickly they won't have to worry about getting to class late. This simple act of finding parking can make a big difference in making the college experience less stressful," said Dr. Robert Pimentel, Fresno City College President.
The five-level structure, one of only a few in the City of Fresno, has 864 total parking stalls with an additional 125 stalls in adjacent lots. The $18.3 million project is funded through Measure C passed by the voters in 2016. The contractor is Bomel Construction Inc. Students will be able to park for free until Fall 2023 when parking permits will again be required on campus.
Construction began in October 2020 while State Center Community College District Chancellor Dr. Carole Goldsmith was president of Fresno City College. In spite of a number of delays moving the completion date to this fall, Chancellor Goldsmith is please to be part of the ribbon cutting ceremony.
"The opening of this parking structure is a great milestone in the history of Fresno City College and a great addition to the landscape of the campus. Parking has been a decades-long problem for our students and we are now able to reduce the problem thanks to the voters who approved funding for the project," she said.
In addition, existing surface parking lots were analyzed for recommended reconfiguration in an effort to gain additional stalls throughout the campus. Future phases will result in reconfiguring existing surface lots creating approximately 722-749 additional stalls throughout the campus.