New school year brings changes to Butler University campus

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INDIANAPOLIS,Ind. (August 26, 2015)- Class is now back in session for thousands of students at Butler University.

The campus that sits on the northside of Indianapolis looks much different than when students left it in the spring.

Construction on a new parking garage wrapped up just in time for the start of the new school year.

The new parking structure will eventually add 1,039 additional parking spaces on campus.

Currently, just 500 spaces on the south end of the garage are open.

The university hopes to open the remaining parking spots the weekend of September 26.

Students can use the parking garage, but the school says it was designed to help ease parking concerns for big campus events such as a sellout basketball game at Hinkle Fieldhouse or when a major production stops at Clowes Hall.

“It was a challenge for us and our partners in the community, the neighbors. With a lot of folks parking in the neighborhood streets, so this will really help relieve that a great deal,” said Richard Michal, executive director of facilities at Butler University.

There is 16,000 square feet of retail space inside the parking garage.

Scotty’s Brewhouse will open a restaurant in early 2016 in a portion of that retail space.

Next fall work will be complete on a new residence hall that will house more than 600 sophomore students.