ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Central New Mexico Community College is already known as one of the toughest places in town to park. Now construction on campus is blocking hundreds of parking spots making it an absolute scramble.Smith-Brasher Hall is under major renovation, and because of the construction one of three general parking lots in that area is closed off. Students said finding free parking on campus has been tough.
“There’s just a lot more problems. You see people driving around frustrated, can’t find a spot. Can’t find a spot for like 10 to 15 minutes,” said, Dylan Burr, a CNM Student.
Brad Moore, Director of Communications & Media Relations at CNM said construction began over the holiday break last year. The construction company is drilling in that parking lot to tap underground water, which will be used to heat and cool Smith-Brasher Hall. Students said they have to plan for the extra time it takes to get to class.
“I used to park here last year. Now I park all the way over there and it takes 15 to 20 minutes to get to class now,” said Kamilah Montoya, a CNM student.
“You have to choose to walk all the way this way or around through a neighborhood to get to the classes,” said Matthew Gallipoli, a CNM Student.
The school insists there’s still plenty of parking to accommodate all their students. However, several students we spoke with said they don’t want to pay to park and told us they cannot wait until the construction is over.
CNM said the lot should re-open in November while the construction continues.