New parking lot proposed at neighborhood association meeting

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Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs of TCU, Don Mills, met with the Frisco Heights Neighborhood Association Wednesday night to discuss plans for a parking lot on the 2800 block of Lubbock and Merida avenues.

Mills, along with Harold Leeman, associate director of the major projects and facilities planning department of the TCU Physical Plant, presented renderings of the proposed lot and answered questions from the neighborhood association members.

The plans, though not finalized with approval from the city, would put the lot’s entrance on Lowden Street, Mills said.

The residents of the surrounding neighborhood, who have battled with students parking on their streets for some time now, raised questions about the increase in traffic in the residential area, as well as the possible effects on property values.

Mills said that the university would work with the residents to prevent these problems through teaming with the city for things like speed bumps, or by asking TCU police to patrol the area and give tickets to violators. He also said that in his experience, no property value had ever gone down due its proximity to anything owned by TCU.

Several members of the association asked Mills whether the lot could ever be turned into something bigger, such as a parking garage. Mills responded that such a development was possible, but not currently in the university’s master building plan that was filed with the city.

Frisco Heights Neighborhood Association president Linda Antinone told members that city officials had confirmed to her that TCU would likely be able to achieve the necessary permissions to build the parking lot.

Mills said that if everything went as planned, he hoped to have the lot finished by January 1, 2012.

Though a rendering of the proposed lot was shown at the meeting, Director of Communications for TCU, Lisa Albert, wrote in an email that it was the university’s policy not to release renderings until they are final.

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