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Public picks below-ground UVic parkade option

Apr 15 2012

The most popular design for a proposed parkade at the University of Victoria would put two of the seven levels underground.

The parkade is part of the $75-million Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities complex. Neighbours and community associations supported the complex, but had concerns about the size, design and visual impact of the parkade proposed for the McKenzie Avenue entrance.

Earlier this year, UVic held open houses and gathered public input on five options for the parkade.

Keeping the parkade at the planned site but burying two levels received the greatest support, according to a summary report.

Reducing the height of the parkade by two levels was the second most popular choice. The most unpopular option was splitting the parkade between two sites.

UVic will revise its parkade design and seek further feedback. Open houses will be held April 28 at St. Aidan's United Church, noon3 p.m.; April 30 at Mount Douglas Secondary School, 5-8 p.m.; May 1 at the UVic student union building, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; and May 2 at Cadboro Bay United Church, 4-7 p.m.

To view the summary, see: www.uvic.ca/carsa.

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