More Parking Available in Lot 40 for Commuters

The SUNY New Paltz Parking Committee has changed the designation of the West Parking Lot (Lot #40), adjacent to Lenape Hall, from “resident students only” to “resident and commuter students only,” effective immediately. Permanent signage will soon be installed to reflect this change.

The committee acknowledges that there is often no parking available in lots proximate to buildings after 8:30 am. The West Parking Lot (Lot #40) often has 100 spaces available on a regular basis, the committee said, in an Oct. 30 memo to the campus community. Additionally, the committee has ascertained that there is always parking available in the route 32 parking lot (#28), the Wallkill parking lot (lot #30), and the Esopus parking lot (lot #35), it said.

The facilities management staff has been asked to explore the possibility of creating additional parking proximate to the Route 32 parking lot (lot #28) on recently purchased property, the committee said. If funding is available and the expansion construction is confirmed, approximately 160-260 spaces could be constructed there.

The Village of New Paltz is also considering requiring parking permits by village residents which will affect students, faculty and staff who park on the surrounding village streets. The expansion of the Route 32 parking lot ( #28) would accommodate these vehicles on campus in lieu of the surrounding public streets, the committee said. The parking committee has been invited to discuss this matter with village personnel to better understand their concerns and the role their decision will play on the campus community, and to discuss ways that the college and the village can cooperate to address community parking concerns.

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