Construction makes parking difficult at City College

Emily Mather and Emily Mather

After proposition S was passed in 2002 and prop N in 2006, San Diego Community College District had a total of $1.5 Billion to renovate San Diego Mesa College, Miramar College, Continuing Education and City College campuses.

So far City College has completed two projects; the renovation of the Learning Resource Center that took 11 months and was finished in July 2003, and the Modular Village, which involved the construction of 11 portable classrooms at City’s Student Parking Lot 2, utilized as temporary classrooms while the business technology building is being built. The “village” will later be removed to make way for the new science building.

Currently, renovation on the L building is wrapping up and renovation on the P building is anticipated to be completed in July.

Also, the major construction project of building the Career Technology Center (CTC) is underway.

The CTC building will be a five-story, 88,900 square foot instructional facility that will house the Nursing, Cosmetology, Photography and Campus Police headquarters, including a 700-car parking garage located at 16th street and Broadway.

The Nursing Department will have new skills laboratories and nursing simulation, as well as computer simulation technology and simulation practice modes.

The Photography and Digital Art Department will have new darkrooms and studios, 66 enlarger stations, three digital print laboratories and an expansive gallery to display student work, and will incorporate professional cyclorama backdrops.

The Cosmetology Department will be expanded to include high-tech instructional labs for skincare and hair care programs, as well as retail service areas.

But until the new building’s estimated completion in March 2010, getting around campus and finding a place to park will be difficult for students and faculty.

City College Parking Administration stated that parking “all over has been impacted,” and it’s “important that students are able to get to class.”

Also, the college does have a shuttle that takes an average of 35 students a trip from Inspiration Point to campus and runs every 20 minutes, taking a break from 12:40 p.m. until 5 p.m., when it resumes evening service until 10 p.m.

Inspiration Point is located north of City College, at the southeast corner of President’s Way and Park Blvd.

Look for the shuttle sign near the pedestrian footbridge.

The San Diego Trolley is another option for students who can’t find a parking space close to campus.

The City College Trolley Station is located at 12th Avenue and C Street, across the street from the campus.

City College Vice President of Administrative Services Jerry Davis states that on its completion the Career Technology Center will have a “great impact in relieving parking difficulty,” and “parking will come online as soon as it’s complete.”

“The CTC structure will be a tremendous relief and is of great value.”