Project to clear way for more parking
LAFAYETTE — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette received permission this week from the University of Louisiana system board to demolish two of its closed dormitories and adjacent buildings to make room for temporary parking as the university begins construction of a parking garage.
The demolition includes the two dorm buildings, known as Stokes Hall, and an adjacent mechanical building and washeteria.
The estimated cost for the project is $100,000, based on information the university provided the UL system board.
“This is just the first in getting approval for the demolition,” said Bill Crist, UL-Lafayette facilities planning supervisor.
State workers will visit the site to confirm the buildings should be demolished and if they agree with the university’s request, area legislators and the public will be notified to ensure there are no objections to the demolition, Crist said.
“It’s about a 60-day process for approval,” he said.
Crist said he doesn’t expect any objections because the buildings aren’t historical.
Both dorms were built in 1968 and have not been used to house students for the past few years due to needed repairs and renovations.
Construction on the planned 1,150-place parking tower off East Lewis Street is on target to begin in early November — ahead of the demolition, Crist said.
Crist said the temporary parking lot should be ready for use by January — in time for the start of the spring semester. The new parking tower is scheduled for completion in August 2014.
Once the parking garage is complete, the university may continue to use the former Stokes Hall space for parking, however, the long-term goal is to develop student housing for upperclassmen on the property, Crist said.