How many students and faculty are on St. George campus on a given day (pre and post-COVID)? 30,000? They ain't all taking public transit and they need a place to park. For whatever reason, people drive. Better to put the "almighty car" underground and out of sight than parked all around Kings College Circle and the rest.
Once this is done, banish cars from the whole campus, for all I care.
I don't think anyone was advocating for above ground parking.
The question was rather one of whether the underground parking in this particular spot was needed; but also having tendered for it, could anything better be done w/that one-level structure under front campus. The answer on the latter may well be 'no' in the short term, a food hall/court for instance would require loading facilities which were not designed into the space, as well as vents, and a good deal more plumbing amongst other things.
But I do come down on the side of those saying the parking here wasn't needed; there's other parking on campus; and this facility will be very small and is largely for the convenience of a few senior management.
If more parking were required/desired on campus, better to include it in new-builds of size at the campus fringe.