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COC board set to address parking

Posted: September 13, 2016 11:23 p.m.
Updated: September 13, 2016 11:23 p.m.

Parking at College of the Canyon’s Valencia campus is among the items to be tackled by College of the Canyons (COC) Board of Trustees at its regular meeting Sept. 14.

The board is set to approve a resolution allowing teams to work under a single contract with the project owner for design and construction services so there’s one flow of work from beginning to end.

The new, three-story parking structure will sit in Lot 7 of COC’s Valencia Campus, altering traffic patterns.

“Sixty percent of Hart District graduates come to College of the Canyons within two years of leaving high school, so we are the destination of choice for local high school students,” said Eric Harnish, spokesman for the college. “We want to make sure we can accommodate them all.”

The parking lot is intended to balance parking on the north end of campus near the southwest corner of Valencia Boulevard and Rockwell Canyon Road.

According to the board’s meeting agenda, the project’s goal is to ease the parking crunch and better manage vehicle parking at COC’s Valencia Campus.

The parking structure will replace the existing surface parking spaces and accommodate some 1,500 parking spaces.

Also slated for approval is a contract with Park Green LLC for parking design services and a contract with Moreto, Mathison and Associates for architectural certification of the bridging documents.

While the project is still in the planning stages, once plans are finalized, reviewed and approved by the state architect, COC will begin construction, said Eric Harnish, COC’s vice president of public information, advocacy and external relations.

During its meeting, the board expects to ratify an agreement between the community college and ABM Parking Services for a parking management pilot program. The “stacked parking” on the south portion of campus will be tested Monday to Thursday from Sept. 12 to Oct. 6.

According to Harnish, students will park their own cars and leave their keys with an ABM Parking Services attendant who can move cars while they are in stacked positions during the day.

Parking demands have continued to increase and be a topic of discussion at the College of the Canyons. Harnish said COC is the choice for more than half of Santa Clarita’s local high school students.

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