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UNLV to add hundreds of parking spaces

Posted: 11:33 AM, Jan 12, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-12 23:01:37-05

UNLV is adding 610 parking spaces near the southeast corner of campus, allowing the university access to much needed parking in a busy part of campus.  

It's called the University Gateway project.  A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday.  

The parking expansion will increase the amount of campus parking by 5 percent.  The new structure will sit right across the street from the university's student union, along Maryland Parkway, which will be prime location for students.  

Rates will be the same or similar to other campus parking locations.

The structure is also prime location for nearby residents and businesses.  

"We hope to spur future development along Maryland Parkway," says Frank Marretti, the developer with G2 Capitol.  

Developers plan to make the structure multi-use, adding commercial space on the bottom level, and possibly residential space in the future.  

"We want an active street front and streetscape where the businesses and shops are really successful," says David Frommer, the UNLV executive director of planning and construction.  

"It will become more of a college atmosphere where students can stay and play, and go to school," says Marretti.

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2016.  

UNLV is also adding space for a new university police station.