LANCASTER Antelope Valley College students should find it easier this semester to get a parking space. In the first project under way from the $139 million bond measure approved by local voters in 2004, construction workers are finishing up a 915-space parking lot to ease the campus’s chronic parking congestion. “It should be ready for use by students when classes start Aug. 21. They’re working really hard on it,” college spokesman Steve Standerfer said. However, construction is behind schedule on a second part of the $3.2 million project new modular buildings for a new sheriff’s academy and respiratory therapy programs. The respiratory therapy building will not be ready until the second week of classes, Standerfer said. College officials have not yet decided how they will accomodate the students until then. The sheriff’s academy doesn’t begin classes until October, so the construction delay will not cause problems there. The $139 million bond measure will fund projects aimed at updating the Lancaster campus, which has several buildings more than 40 years old, and start the initial development of a Palmdale campus off Barrel Springs Road in southeast Palmdale. The overhaul is needed, college officials said, to accommodate enrollment expected nearly to double to more than 23,000 students by the year 2015. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!