It proposes ultimately constructing three new parking buildings, with two to the west of campus -- one across Greenbrier Street from the current parking building location, and one next to Laidley Field, currently a surface parking lot.
The third building, and actually the first to be constructed under the plan, would be north of Washington Street, between Michigan Avenue and Veazey Street.
* Security. Most of the recommendations regarding campus security proposals were redacted in the public version of the master plan.
However, it does indicate that by moving parking to the campus perimeter, the main campus would basically be closed to vehicular traffic.
It also would expand campus green space by closing Washington Street between California and Michigan avenues, and closing California from Washington to Quarrier streets.
It also calls for some immediate security measures, including creating 80-foot security "set-backs" from Building 3 (currently vacant) and Building 5 (the office tower adjacent to Piedmont Road) by closing parking and setting up planters and other temporary barricades in those areas.
The report also goes into great detail about improving landscaping and upgrading utilities on the campus, but frankly, I just scanned those sections. Also, about 12 pages detailing electric, water, sewer, and telecommunications services to the complex were deleted for security reasons.
The master plan also makes note that, given the historical, cultural and civic importance of the Capitol Complex, the campus is not very visitor -- or tourist -- friendly.
In addition to inadequate parking, the master plan notes that access to the complex either by car or on foot is confusing for first-time visitors, with inadequate signage and directions.
It says the main entrance at Washington and Greenbrier is "unsigned and uncelebrated." The plan proposes constructing a 4,000-square-foot visitors' center at the Greenbrier and Washington entrance to provide information and orientation for visitors, as well as amenities such as restrooms.
The master plan is an interesting read, but as it notes in its preface, five previous master plans -- including the first started by architect Cass Gilbert in 1932, but uncompleted at the time of his death in 1934 -- were only partially implemented.
Cost obviously is a major hurdle, considering that Building 3 has been sitting vacant for nearly three years as the administration struggles to get the project within its $27 million budget.
Finally, thanks to the Pittsburgh Pirates for an exciting and unforgettable season, and a summer that extended three weeks into autumn.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.