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UW Stevens Point proposes parking lot

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) -- The University of Wisconsin Stevens Point is seeking city approval to solve some of their parking problems. The campus approached the Plan Commission Monday seeking changes to zoning and the comprehensive land use plan to allow a 75 stall lot on Portage Street between Isadore and Division Streets.

UWSP’s Director of Facilities Planning Carl Rasmussen says if built, it would require four houses to be removed, and they would save much of the decorative landscaping at the corner of Portage and Division.

Rasmussen says the proposed lot would have modern LED lighting, additional landscaping, and a different way of metering the parked cars.  “This will be hourly meter parking. There will be a walk up pay station. You will put in the license plate number and put in coinage or swipe a debit card and you’re good to park for as long as the time that you buy.”

The university had also proposed a parking ramp on the other side of campus, but that proposal was not well received by area homeowners. Mayor Andrew Halverson says the growing campus needs city help to solve their long term parking issues.  “If we are not going to work with the university to try and support a vertical solution, we have to find ways to work with the university to provide horizontal at-grade solutions.”

The Plan Commission approved the proposal, which will now go before the full city council later this month. If approved, demolition of the houses could begin immediately and construction on the lot would start early next spring.

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