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NUMC Working on Major Revamp of Parking System

The ultimate goal is to replace the existing ramp garage.

is amidst a major change in their parking system that will affect patrons.

The existing ramp garage on NUMC's campus is "old and in disrepair," according to the hospital's spokesperson Shelley Lotenberg. In response to that issue, officials have decided to install temporary stackers on the Carman Avenue side of the hospital. The two-level system will open up additional spaces for people who were using the garage.

"It is too expensive for us to rebuild a new ramp garage at this time, thus, we are entering into phase one involving temporary parking solutions with stackers on the western side of our campus," Lotenberg said.

Visitors will still have to pay a fee to use the stackers, and employees will have their cars parked for free. Employees must give their keys to a valet upon arrival.

Starting in July, officials will be redirecting traffic around the perimeter road of the campus into a one-way road, changing the flow of internal traffic, and temporary signage created to direct visitors. Surface parking in other lots will be created to accommodate the parking needs for employees and visitors.

The second phase of our interim parking solutions will involve the demolition of the existing ramp garage and the resurfacing of that land into surface parking. The third phase, in the future, will include the possibility of a new parking structure on the campus.

"We are confident that through the diligent efforts of our operations and support teams, we will work out any bumps in the road during this temporary parking solution phase," Lotenberg said.

Some residents have expressed concern that the ramps are not pleasant to look at, but Legis. Norma Gonsalves, R-East Meadow, says that the ramp garage "definitely needs to be replaced."

"If a need has to be addressed, and this is how they decide to address it, it's their jurisdiction to do that," Gonsalves said.

Linda Wargo July 01, 2011 at 12:40 PM
So it is valet parking now?? Or do you put your car on the stacker, can't figure out how this works????
Michael Ganci July 01, 2011 at 04:43 PM
The valet parking is for employees only. You park your own car as a visitor.
cb July 04, 2011 at 12:47 AM
how about ripping down the old garage and putting the stackers there for employees?who is going to stop the employees who park in the neighborhood west of carman now? about 730 am watch all the uniforms crossing carman,if its to expensive to rebuild now do they think in a few years it will be cheaper and why do visitors have to pay at a supposed public benifit hospital? lets see if it costs x amount for one space but i stack anothe car on top of that space i make twice as much. stop the bs it looks like new york city. norma get real
Catherine Mary August 10, 2011 at 11:23 AM
Charles, the employees are legally permitted to park in any legal spot that is open. Just like you are when you park your car.
nancy grieco August 10, 2011 at 02:14 PM
Those stacking things are scary. I would avoid to any extent.

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