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Ohio State University Housing Complex Won't Implement Parking Rate Plan After Backlash

Residents, who were told that they would have to start paying for parking, will keep their free spots. But the reprieve may only last until 2014.

Residents living at an Ohio State University Housing complex are now getting a reprieve from a planned parking charge.

As of Thursday morning, Buckeye Village Apartment residents were being told they would have to play $620 to park. The spots had been free as part of the lease.

The university's parking contractor, Campus Parc, had notified more than 300 tenants along Defiance Drive of the change.

"That's ridiculous.  We just moved here, and they didn't mention a thing about that," said Jacob Essary.

But after the uproar this week, the school announced the changes would not go into effect.

"Buckeye Village residents will see no changes to their parking situation," OSU spokeswoman Gayle Saunders told The Columbus Dispatch.

Buckeye Village is a community with a full-maintenance staff that services residents who traditionally are juggling jobs and school. The additional cost would have hit some of the tenants hard in the pocketbook.

"That's going to affect me a lot. It's like more than the insurance of the car, really. I play a hundred bucks for the insurance, and I just work two days, and my wife just works part time also," said Sudhir Ghimire, Thursday morning.

Another Ohio State spokeswoman told the Dispatch that the decision to let residents park for free only goes through the end of the next academic year, or July 2014.

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