TWU plans to use land for parking lot

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Texas Woman’s University is planning to put a parking lot on the corner of Pirtle and Frame streets by the fall semester.

Brenda Floyd, vice president of finance and administration, told the TWU Board of Regents Friday that the lot would add 100 spaces.

For the long term, the university would like to build parking garages, she said, but it would take a couple years to build a garage.

“[The parking lot] would answer our short-term needs,” Floyd said.

Since 2005, TWU has acquired 37 properties on the southeast and west borders of campus.

University officials have said for the past couple of years that they have no specific plans for the property, but they are acquiring land as it becomes available, mostly on the southeast side of campus.

Some homeowners in the two neighborhoods have expressed concerns about plans by TWU to expand into the neighborhood.

This is TWU’s first use of property in that neighborhood.

It will be a rock parking lot, similar to one already in place off of Bell Avenue, Floyd said.

Depending on cost, which the university has yet to determine, the parking lot plan may have to come back to the regents for approval.

“It is the most convenient for students,” Floyd said. “We looked at some other alternatives.”

One of the alternatives was putting a parking lot on land that TWU owns across University Drive, but it would be more difficult for students to get to campus from that location, she said.

“Really, this was the most advantageous,” Floyd said.

RACHEL MEHLHAFF can be reached at 940-566-6889. Her e-mail address is rmehlhaff@dentonrc.com.


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