Humber plans to build a seven-storey parking garage available to students and staff for use at the North campus.
Spencer Wood, Humber director of Facilities Management, said “construction will last for a year and the garage will be finished in 2018.”
Rob Kilfoyle, Humber’s Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management, said the parking structure would replace Building W, Humber’s Child Care Centre, and parking Lot 2.
“The new parking lot will be as big as the LRC building… (It’s) a short-term pain for a long-term success,” said Kilfoyle.
When the parking project is completed, construction for the Finch West LRT will require the temporary use of Lot 5 for approximately two to three years, with Lot 4 to be used for part-time workers.
The construction of the Humber College Metrolinx stop means that even with the addition of the new 1000-stall parking structure, Humber will only have a net gain of 200 extra spaces when the garage is completed, since Lot 5 will be under construction.
“The staff and I are fully aware of the current parking challenges and we are working diligently to fix this,” said Kilfoyle.
Based on European design and technology, the well-lit garage will have car charging stations and bike locker storages to promote sustainability. Because of the seven levels, elevators will be put in place.
Kilfoyle anticipates parking fees to increase in 2018, noting fees haven’t risen in 10 years.
“The increase won’t be used specifically for paying for the garage,” said Kilfoyle.
According to Kilgoyle, Humber has one of the lowest parking costs when compared to other colleges and universities
Humber student Ashely Marcelle said she was not aware of Humber’s plan for a garage, remarking that some of her friends struggle in the mornings to find parking spots.
With more spaces, Marcelle said, “I would definitely consider driving in the future.”