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After freshman move-in in 2015, parking lots G-1 and R-2 will close for the construction of the new Grand Avenue and Slack Street residence halls, leaving freshmen with fewer parking options near their residence halls.

“There will not be parking immediately adjacent to Sierra Madre and Yosemite for our resident students,” Associate Director of University Police Department (UPD) Cindy Campbell said.

But the university has a plan.

There are 1,326 parking spaces in the G-1 and R-2 lots, located adjacent to the Sierra Madre and Yosemite towers. Removal of these areas will not prevent students from finding parking, as there are enough spaces on campus to accommodate current parking demands, Campbell said.

Residents have the choice of parking their vehicles in the R-1 lot, located behind the red brick residence halls and North Mountain along Klamath Road. The R-3 lot along Village Drive and R-4 lot behind Poly Canyon Village on Canyon Circle are also available for residential use.

There are no plans to expand residential parking.

“We don’t want to run out of parking spaces, so we will have caps and limitations on how many permits can be sold,” Campbell said. “It’ll be a wait list system.”

Upcoming students bringing their cars onto campus will have to sign up on a first-come, first-serve basis for their preferred lot choice.

Without the G-1 parking lot, commuting students will move toward other general lots located on the opposite side of campus. Increased traffic on Highland Road and California Boulevard is to be expected and may require additional traffic directing at peak times, Campbell said.

“We’re working on a mobile app,” Campbell said. “We want you to be able to plan the trip before you ever leave home.”

The app will be available for Cal Poly students in Fall 2015 — just in time for the construction on lots G-1 and R-2 — and will make drivers aware of closures or restrictions so that they can effectively plan their commute to campus.

Students using the app may be drawn toward alternate modes of transportation during times of peak traffic, such as riding their bikes or using San Luis Obispo’s public bus system, which is free with a Cal Poly ID.

“The bus remains a very popular option for students, and we encourage it,” Campbell said.

In addition to the new residence halls, there will be a four-story parking structure in place of the G-1 lot. It will be adjacent to the residence halls and will be a general parking area.

UPD will respond accordingly to increased or decreased parking demands for residents and general students once the new structure is built, Campbell said.

“Understand that next year is going to bring forth a lot of changes,” Campbell said.

Correction: A previous version of this article stated that parking lots G-1 and R-2 will close after Fall Commencement in 2015. It has been updated to say freshman move-in. The post also said a mobile app would tell students how many spaces are available in specific lots and if a lot reached capacity. It has been changed to reflect the app’s more accurate purpose, alerting drivers of closures. 

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  1. I am becoming so disheartened by the changes at Cal Poly. I can see that a lot of the positive elements that have attracted kids (and families) to this campus are diminishing. The expanded growth of the campus/student body is making it difficult not only for current students but the community as well. SLO has always been a college community that supports the campus/students. Everyone had been able to co-exist nicely. As the campus continues to rapidly grow it is putting a strain on the community. It is effecting local housing and neighborhoods, traffic and the quality of the community and the quality of life of the residents that live there. On campus it is effecting the students. Classes seem harder to get and housing for off campus students is next to impossible to secure. This is forcing some students to live further away from campus. And, soon parking for the students who are farther from campus will be difficult to find when they travel in for class. I don’t see that building the dorms will have much of a positive impact – other than Cal Poly being able to accept more incoming freshman. After freshman year most students prefer to live off campus and I don’t know how the local community will continue to absorb the impact. I have to trust that minds greater than mine have this figured out. It seems that there are some cracks in the foundation, so to speak, that should be addressed before they continue to expand the student body and build dorms.

    1. Actually, the reason these dorms are being constructed is to create more housing options for upperclassmen in either Cerro or PCV. CalPoly has already stated that the student body will not continue to “grow”, the acceptances they send out each year will remain consistent… The campus is still very reasonable to walk/bike to classes considering its size. Those that choose to live off campus choose to live in locations that have their own responsiblies to react and grow due to demand. Again… Just want to stress that the student body is not “expanding” merely the campus is attempting to offer housing for a larger portion of the student body.

      1. “Enrollment growth is essential. California — really, the country — needs more Cal Poly graduates,” Armstrong said. “However, the extent, nature and timing of growth are questions that we need to investigate with all of Cal Poly’s stakeholders — on campus and off campus.

        “This includes evaluating our master plan, engaging the Academic Senate, as well as consulting with our city and community leaders. We must work together in asking and answering the right questions.’’

        Among the questions, he said, would be an assessment of what the impact would be on the community as well as what the economic impact would be on the city and region. At the campus level, he said, there are many complexities, including what facilities the campus would need for classes, labs, and offices as well as for student housing and dining.

        Enrollment this fall will be about 19,800 students, including graduate students. Armstrong said Cal Poly should consider growing by as much as 4,000 to 5,000 students over the next few years, depending on state funding, private support and the ability to physically accommodate new growth.

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