New parking lots to open by June

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    Construction on the south side of Bowie Street between Lubbock and Merida avenues will create more parking spots for faculty, staff, and students.

    Associate Director of Major Projects Harold Leeman said the project will be done no later than June of this year.

    The addition will expand the TCU Police Department parking lot, give faculty and staff a reserved parking lot on the corner of Lubbock and Bowie, and expand the commuter lot on Merida to Bowie, according to an email sent by DeAnn Jones, coordinator of parking and transportation services.

    The faculty and staff lot will have approximately 50 spaces and four handicap spots. The commuter lot will increase in number of spots from 73 to 158, Jones said.

    Leeman said that the TCU Physical Plant began tearing down the old property at the location in July of 2013.

    Work on the underground portion of the lots began this last week, he said.

    This lot will replace some of the spots eliminated by the renovations being done on the Bass Building and the Mary Couts Burnett Library, as well as provide extra parking spots.

    The physical plant works in conjunction with the TCU Police Department and the Chancellor’s staff to plan for new lots on campus, Leeman said.

    “We need parking everywhere, we always do,” Leeman said. “This is a good space to utilize for students and faculty.

    Megan Moore, a graduate student in the nurse anesthesia department, usually parks in lots such as the Sandage commuter lot that are a little farther from campus.

    She said the new expansion to this commuter lot would help because it will “put students a lot closer to campus and make them feel safer, especially at night and in the early morning.”

    Leeman said he thinks this lot will help to provide extra parking options that are in a more convenient place and closer to campus.