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Arlington Campus Parking Lot and Hazel Hall Garages to Close for Construction, December 20 & 21

Construction on the new Arlington Campus building (Arlington II) is going to begin over the winter break, so the surface parking lot and the Hazel Hall parking garage will close. The parking lot will close Thursday, December 20, at 11:00 pm and the Hazel Hall garage will close Friday, December 21, at 11:00 pm. Any vehicles left in the lot or garage will be ticketed and towed at owner's expense.

If you have a current Arlington parking permit or when you purchase one for Spring semester (permits go on sale January 3), make sure you receive a free swipe/access card that will allow you to park in the George Mason Foundation (GMUF) Building parking garage. To obtain your access card, go to the Parking Services Office located on the 1st floor of the Original Building. Arlington faculty, staff and students have 312 parking spaces in the Foundation Building before 6:00 pm, and 550 spaces after 6:00 pm.

To access the GMUF parking, you can utilize two separate entrances, both off of Washington Blvd. The North entrance is located near the Giant loading dock and the South entrance is located in the alley between the Truland Building and the Foundation Building.

For those driving to the Foundation Building parking garage it is recommended that you approach the garage from the north on Washington Blvd. so you can make a right turn into the entrance. If you are driving on Fairfax Drive from I-66, you can make a left at Quincy St. (the Arlington Funeral Home sign is on the corner) and then make a right on Washington Blvd. across from Washington and Lee High School. It is best to use the entrance closest to Giant by turning right at the traffic light rather than use the entrance in the alley by the Truland Building.

Once inside the garage, all the spaces from the B1 level and up belong to Mason except those specifically marked for retail or for a specific business. The spaces belonging to SRA are not accessible by Mason vehicles until 6:00 pm. For pedestrian access from GMUF to Hazel Hall, exit at Washington Blvd (using the exit at the corner closest to Giant and near Mei's Asian Bistro restaurant); turn right on Washington Blvd; and then right on Kirkwood Dr. For those walking to the Original Building, there is a pedestrian bridge from the GMUF building to the FDIC plaza behind the Original Building (remember there will be no access from the front of the Original Building). From the FDIC plaza you can enter the Original Building at the second floor.

For the most up-to-date information on parking at the Arlington Campus, see the Parking Services website : http://parking.gmu.edu/arlingtoncampus.html.

During construction, parking in the parking lot and under Hazel Hall will not be available. Arlington faculty, staff and students can park in the Foundation Building and Truland during business hours. Note that many of the spaces on the top level of the Truland parking deck will be converted into restricted parking, such as for state vehicles, so pay attention to the signage before parking. Additional handicapped parking is being added on the top level of Truland and several meters along Fairfax Drive are being converted to handicapped parking meters.

Monday - Thursday, from 5:30 pm to midnight, parking is also available in the FDIC Building. To park at FDIC a Mason parking permit is required plus a Mason ID - no exceptions will be allowed. The FDIC Building is located on 3501 Fairfax Drive, next to the Original Building. Use the entrance off Fairfax Drive to access the FDIC garage.

A few other items to remember. Except for those with prior permission from Parking Services, there is no visitor parking besides the four metered spaces on the top parking deck of Truland. There will be a few Special Guest spaces added in the near future that will require the permission of Arlington Operations and/or Parking Services. Fairfax/Prince William permits are not valid at the Arlington campus. Some arrangements will be made in the near future to provide departments from the Fairfax and Prince William campuses with Arlington Administrative permits that will allow them to park in a few spaces in Truland. However, even with these permits, there will be no guarantee of an available space. More information on Arlington Administrative and Special Guest spaces will be available in January.

The only option now for visitors or those from other campuses is to park elsewhere or use the Metro. The Virginia Square stop is less than 2 blocks from campus. From the Fairfax campus, take the CUE bus or the Mason to Metro Shuttle to the Vienna Metro station and then take the Orange Line to the Virginia Square stop. Check the Mason Shuttles website at http://shuttle.gmu.edu for more information (including the addition of mid-day service and the new Spring semester schedule).

The Arlington Campus website http://www.gmu.edu/arlington will provide information about Arlington II construction as it progresses. If you have any questions about parking at the Arlington Campus, contact the Arlington Parking Services office at 993-8146 or email parking@gmu.edu.