Ball State OKs construction of $18M campus parking garage

Ball State University trustees have approved an $18 million project to build a new campus parking garage to replace an aging one.

The four-level, 600-spot garage is set be built on the eastern edge of the Muncie campus, about 300 yards east of the slightly smaller garage near Emens Auditorium. Construction is expected to start in July and take about a year to complete, after which the old garage will be demolished, the Muncie Star Press reported.

The new garage will provide about 40 more spaces than the old facility.

University Treasurer Bernie Hannon said the current garage is nearly 50 years old and that chunks of concrete have occasionally fallen onto vehicles.

Plans are to use the current garage site as part of a new open area, possibly with a pavilion for concerts and other performances.

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