The university has asked the city for permission to build parking lots in the 2900 block of Merida Avenue and in the 2800 block of Princeton Street where houses once stood.
The Merida Avenue block is being converted into a parking lot to complement the anticipated renovation of the Neeley School of Business, Todd Waldvogel, associate vice chancellor of facilities and campus planning, wrote in an e-mail. He added the Princeton Street block will help make space for the proposed TCU School of Music Village.
Neighborhood resident and junior interior design major Sheridan Johnston said she wishes TCU would use the land for a new interior design building, but imagines a new parking lot would benefit many commuting students. The new interior design building is planned for a lot at West Cantey Street and Greene Avenue.
The TCU Neeley expansion is expected to begin construction in summer of 2017, said Elaine Cole, public relations marketing and communications manager for the business school. The TCU School of Music Village does not have a projected start date for construction yet.
Last month, the university’s rezoning request was approved by the Fort Worth Zoning Committee. The city council is scheduled to vote on it Feb. 7.