parking, Nadya Faulx

Construction is expected to begin in December on Wichita State University’s first parking garage on campus.

Wichita State plans to build a multi-level parking garage, at the cost of $7.2 million, just south of the Rhatigan Student Center.

The pay-to-park garage would have about 450 spots to serve faculty, students and visitors to the campus.

University spokesman Lou Heldman says the new garage’s central location will be helpful considering the many activities happening at the student center., Nadya Faulx

Wichita State University received an initial approval to build its first parking garage on the main campus.

The Kansas Board of Regents approved the proposal at its meeting on Wednesday.

WSU wants to build a multi-level parking garage south of the Rhatigan Student Center that could hold up to 400 or more vehicles. It is part of its plan to increase enrollment at the university and to encourage a more live-on campus.

Faculty, staff, students and visitors have complained that there is a lack of adequate parking near the central part of campus.

Courtesy / City of Wichita

Starting Wednesday you can use your credit or debit card to pay to park in downtown Wichita.

In a release, city officials said the three-month test project will make it even easier to park in the downtown area.

People who park in the metered lot east of Century II Expo Hall or south of the Central Library will be directed to centralized parking pay stations near the north entrances. The meters in those areas will be out-of-service.

The price to park will remain the same, but drivers can pay with change, credit or debit card.