TROY, AL (WSFA) - They say that the only thing that is constant is change, and that's definitely the case on Troy University's main campus.
Construction has begun on what will be the single largest parking lot on Troy's campus. It's a project that will be bringing 548 spaces to the campus, and if all goes according to plan, it could be ready for use by late October.
Those spaces will replace a wooded area between the Trojan Center and the school's soccer and track fields.
Officials say the increase in parking fees helped pay for the new spaces, which will help provide alternate parking while the school works on constructing a new student recreational center.
"It would also then allow us the opportunity to close the lot at Sartain [Hall] to begin construction on the new student rec center," said Herbert Reeves, Dean of Student Services. "So as far as the domino effects, this parking lot needed to be done because we'll lose 200-something spaces there. Around 225. So we're still having that gain of parking on campus even when that lot closes temporarily for the construction."
According to the university, it will begin construction on the new rec facility in late November or early December of this year.