Auburn University to build new South College Street parking deck

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - A new parking deck is set to begin construction soon on the campus of Auburn University. The deck is set to be built next to the Auburn University Hotel and Dixon Conference Center on South College Street.

The structure will stand five stories and house 600 parking spaces. The deck is planned to provide parking for the Culinary Science Center, guests of The Hotel at Auburn University, faculty and staff, and students studying at the library at night.

Auburn student Shelby Anderson said, "It will be nice, especially during finals."

The hotel's conference center underwent major renovations during the fall. The hotel's manager of operations, Hans Van Der Reijden, says that since the renovation, the center has seen an increase in bookings.

"With this increase in conference business, comes an increase in demand for parking," he said.

Reijden points out that the increases business at the hotel is not only good for them but also for the city, "This increase in business benefits our community in terms of tax revenues and provides our campus a competitive advantage over other universities in attracting research-driven conferences."

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