Since Greek Village was first developed, there has been rapid growth in the University of South Carolina’s Greek community. As a result, parking issues near Greek Village have arisen during mandatory meal periods required by the organizations. To address these concerns, the university’s Board of Trustees Building and Grounds Committee considered a plan on Friday, Sept. 27 to make 800 parking spaces available by utilizing a number of surface parking options located immediately adjacent to Greek Village. These spaces would be exclusively for the use of fraternity and sorority members during meal periods.
This solution would cost significantly less than an older proposal to construct a multi-level parking deck and delivers convenient parking options that more quickly meet the needs of the Greek community.
Note: The project received phase one approval from the Building and Grounds Committee and full Board of Trustees on Oct. 11, 2019.
The project to make the 800 spaces available during lunch and dinner services would take place in two stages. The first stage of the project would make available 500 spaces by August 2020. An additional 300 spaces would be available by January 2022. The total project is estimated to cost approximately $7.5 million and can be paid in full using previously collected fees. The plan eliminated the Greek Village parking fee effective Fall 2019.
Stage One – 500 parking spaces by August 2020
- Utilize the existing paved “AD3” lot directly across from the Greek Village at Blossom and Lincoln Streets for the exclusive use of fraternity and sorority members with chapter houses in Greek Village during meal periods.
- The intramural field at Gadsden and Devine Streets would be repurposed for commuters currently utilizing the AD3 lot. The parking lot will initially be gravel and subject to future improvements after 2020 as part of a state approved project.
Stage Two – 300 parking spaces by January 2022
- Create a paved lot on land along Devine Street between Thirsty Fellow and the railroad tracks. Currently, the land is the site of two university buildings used for multiple academic programs.
- The project, which requires state approval, would involve demolition of the buildings and relocation of academic activities currently taking place at the site.
- Grading of the site, storm water drainage, paving and landscaping is included in the project cost. Safety features like cameras, lighting and call boxes are also included.