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Parking

Additional Greek Village parking became available August 2020. Stage Two is expected to provide more space as early as January 2022.

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 which was proposed in September 2019 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.

 

Parking Lot Access

The Gadsden Devine parking lot is located directly across from Greek Village on the corner of Gadsden and Devine Streets.

Credentialed students will be able to enter by using their Carolina Card at the gates.

All Active Greek students, who are associated with a Greek Village facility, are credentialed to enter and exit the lot by using their Carolina Card at the gates on both Gadsden and Devine Streets. An individual must be listed as Active on the chapter's roster with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Each eligible Active Greek member is approved a two-hour parking session during each mealtime. This allows for anticipated parking demand during these peak traffic times.

  • Monday-Thursday Mealtimes
    • 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    • 4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday Mealtime
    • 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Parking for longer than the two-hour parking session or parking outside of the designated mealtimes will result in fees.

Parking for longer than the two-hour parking session or parking outside of the designated mealtimes will result in a charge of $5 for every 15 minutes. Fees will be systematically assessed to the student's campus account with the Bursar's office. The gate will not prompt or allow the the student to pay at the time of leaving the parking lot. Gates will raise even if a fee is assessed.

The lot will be accessible with no timing restrictions or overage charges during these hours:

  • Friday 2 p.m. - Midnight
  • Saturday 24 hours
  • Sunday 24 hours
Will I be charged if I arrive before the end of a mealtime, stay for less than 2 hours, and leave after a mealtime?

Yes, parking for longer than the two-hour parking session or parking outside of the designated mealtimes will result in a charge of $5 for every 15 minutes.

 

Will I be charged for parking in the lot between 2:30 and 4 p.m. Monday - Thursday?

Yes, parking outside of the designated mealtimes will result in a charge of $5 for every 15 minutes. There is a break between the Mon.-Thurs. lunch mealtime and dinner mealtime.

 

How do I pay my fee for parking in the lot for more than 2 hours?

 Students who are assessed parking fees will see these charges on their campus account with the Bursar's office. No other payment method is needed or accepted at this time.

 

How do I get access to the parking lot?

All Active Greek students, who are associated with a Greek Village facility, are credentialed to enter and exit the lot by using their Carolina Card at the gates on both Gadsden and Devine Streets. An individual must be listed as Active on the chapter's roster with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

If your Carolina Card isn't working at the gate, work with your chapter president to ensure you're listed on the roster. If you're still having difficulty, contact FSL staff at sagreeks@mailbox.sc.edu

 

What if the lot is full?

A "lot full" sign will activate and entry gates will be disabled when the parking lot has met capacity. Once cars exit, the gate will allow new cars to enter and park.

 

The Project

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 made 500 spaces available in August 2020. An additional 300 spaces could be available as early as 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.

  • Utilize the existing paved “AD3” lot (renamed to Gadsden Devine) directly across from the Greek Village at Gadsden and Devine 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 were repurposed for commuters currently utilizing the lot. The parking lot will initially be gravel and subject to future improvements after 2020 as part of a state approved project.
  • 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.

 


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