New lot to add 336 spots pending approval from City of Fort Worth

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    A new parking lot could be constructed at the 2800 block of Lubbock and Merida if the university’s requests for variances from city zoning regulations are approved by the Board of Adjustment next Wednesday.

    According to the proposal submitted to the Board of Adjustment by the university (shown below), the lot on the corner of Lowden and Lubbock would add approximately 336 new parking spots.

    Former Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Don Mills told Frisco Heights residents in a neighborhood association meeting Wednesday, June 22, that pending the board’s approval, he hoped the lot would be completed by January 2012.

    The university must now secure four variances and a special permission from the Board of Adjustments to move forward with the project. Among the variances requested are permission to build the lot without providing the required screening fencing, and permission to not provide the required locking and chaining of the lot at night.

    According to the proposal submitted by the university, the perimeter would be enclosed with a wrought iron fence and brick columns. Eight feet of green space would be left on along Lubbock and Merida avenues, and a minimum of 20 feet of green space would be left along West Lowden and Cantey streets.

    All green spaces would be “attractively landscaped,” according to the proposal. The lot would have a single entrance and exit on West Lowden Street so that traffic would be directed toward TCU rather than the residential neighborhoods.

    The Board of Adjustments will meet July 6 at 10 a.m. in the Council Chamber of the City Hall to decide on the approval of the variances and permissions required for the lot.

    University spokeswoman Lisa Albert wrote in an email, "The university is working with the city to finalize details of the lot. TCU will announce details of the lot as they become finalized."