Anyone who's spent time at the University of Houston is well acquainted with the school's tragicomic parking situation.
No matter how early you arrive for class or work (I've dabbled in each through the years) and no matter how many hundreds you spend on a parking pass, you'll inevitably find yourself endlessly circling three or four lots before either:
a.) Making your own space in a faded old tow-away zone
b.) Parking in a creepy light industrial zone
c.) Going home
Just in time for the holidays, Coogs are getting an early "gift" from the university parking authority: Even less parking. It turns out that the construction of the new football stadium to replace Robertson Stadium will temporarily eliminate "approximately 1,900 student parking spaces." Around 240 faculty spaces will also be impacted near the stadium site.
"The loss of parking areas will have an effect on parking campus-wide, as those displaced by the construction look elsewhere to park."
And they'll be gone until the summer of 2014.
"The loss of parking areas will have an effect on parking campus-wide, as those displaced by the construction look elsewhere to park," UH transportation director Robert Browand wrote in an email to faculty and staff obtained by CultureMap that details the plan.
The email trails off from there, offering little explanation on what the university intends to do to make up for the soon-to-be-lost spaces.
Browand casually suggests that UH employees upgrade their parking passes by Dec. 31 to take advantage of the few remaining spots in three distant parking garages. The cost? Well, anywhere from $221 to $382.
The email also asks faculty and staff to consider parking at Energy Research Park just a mile or so down I-45 . . . Bus service will be provided.
As for University of Houston students? They're likely just finding out about the impending parking crunch now.