Clark lot closed for spring semester

Construction will close off access to the Clark Hall parking lot, starting March 3 until the end of the semester. (Nick Dampman/ The Penn)

Due to the construction of the new humanities and social sciences building, the Clark Hall parking lot will be closed to all traffic beginning at 4:30 p.m. March 3. The lot is expected to remain closed for the rest of the semester.

“The whole Clark lot is actually in part of the construction area for the building, but we tried to keep the fence back as long as possible to provide parking,” said Raymond Wygonik, director of Facilities Engineering and Construction. “But, the contractors are ready to move into that area and start work, so we’ll have to move the fence out to the entrance of the lot and block the whole lot off.”

Wygonik said the lot must be closed due to the installation of a new chilled-water line.

“Right at the entrance of that parking lot, there is a buried chilled-water vault there right now, but it’s not big enough,” he said. “We’ll have to remove it and put a bigger one in so that whole area is going to be dug up.”

This change will affect any business that may take place in Clark Hall, which houses the offices of the registrar, bursar and financial aid. The employees in Clark Hall have ordinarily parked in either the parking garage or another lot on campus that is used for long-term parking.

Since construction began, the Clark lot has been restricted to Clark Hall business and has not been used for any long-term parking.

Prior to construction, meters were available in the lot so people could pay to park as long as they needed, but the lot was not normally used for long-term parking.

Five temporary parking spaces have been established on 11th Street, which is located directly next to Clark Hall. These spaces are intended for 30-minute Clark Hall business parking only.