Living: Light traffic in five-floor garage

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 Photo by Neven Jones

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Parking in garage easier and safer, student says.

By Lily Teran

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

With winter’s wet weather on its way soon, it’s likely the new garage at Tobin Lofts will see more traffic from faculty and students.

The garage on North Main Avenue at Evergreen Street opened in March but didn’t attract much business until this fall, parking attendant Rudy Torres said Sept. 10.

“The first few weeks were really dead compared to now,” Torres said. “There is definitely more activity now.”

The five-floor, 936-space garage opened March 17.

The first floor is for store employees while the fourth and fifth floors are designated for Tobin residents.

Faculty and student parking is on the second and third floors.

The parking garage includes elevators and security cameras.

Communications sophomore Vanessa Pina said she just found out about the parking garage this semester. She used to park on the street so the garage allows her to park quickly and safely.

“I use it Mondays and Wednesdays and have no problems,” Pina said.

While most are aware of the public-private Tobin Lofts project, nursing freshman Amanda Everding said she had not heard of the new parking garage.

Everding parks in designated areas but said she would prefer to park in an actual garage to avoid rushing to find a parking spot.

“I have to make sure to arrive at least 20 minutes before my class just to park,” Everding said.

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