Charleston VA Medical Center looks to expand parking

Charleston VA Medical Center looks to expand parking

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston Veteran Medical Center and its six clinics are receiving 150 to 200 new patients a week. With the increased growth among patients and staff, parking remains an issue for its downtown location.

The Ralph H. Johnson VA Center is building a parking deck to help alleviate concerns.

The nearly $10 million parking garage will create about 300 parking spaces for employees and patients. The Medical Center also offers a free off-site parking and shuttle service that provides 600 parking spaces.

It runs from 4:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday from its location on 41 Folly Road. Those shuttles are offered every 5 minutes during peak hours and every 15 minutes at other times throughout the day. The shuttles will still operate when the parking deck is complete.

"That has been something that has really taken years to get to that point," said director of the center, Scott Isaacks. "Now when I talk to veterans, they don't talk about parking being a major issue. They talk about all of the wonderful things that we're moving towards in terms of addressing parking."

The parking deck is expected to be completed at the end of next summer, but there could also be a phase two of construction. If Phase 2 of the parking deck is approved it will add four floors of parking totaling to 600 more spaces. 

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