TCU buys land near campus


    Texas Christian University is adding another parcel of land to its campus.

    The university purchased the lot and building that currently houses Computer Programming Services, Inc. and the La Terre Salon Monday.

    It is located at 3027 Cockrell Ave., across the street from the campus’ Barnes & Noble bookstore. 

    Brian Gutierrez, the vice chancellor of finance and administration for the university, confirmed the purchase in an email Tuesday.

    He said the sale came about rather quickly, as the university had not previously planned to purchase the property.

    “The seller had an interest in selling,” Gutierrez said. “There wasn’t a plan necessarily.”

    Gutierrez said that due to a confidentiality agreement with the former owners, he could not disclose the sale amount.

    According to the Tarrant Appraisal District, the property has an assessed value of $113,025.

    The lot covers 6,250 square feet, or .1434 acres. The building, which is planned to be demolished by the university, is 1,749 square feet.

    As part of the university’s ongoing plan to expand the number of parking spaces for TCU students, Gutierrez said that the property will eventually be converted to a parking lot.

    Both of the businesses that occupied the building were tenants. The building’s owners were unavailable for comment.

    La Terre Salon has been operating under the management of Irene Gomez-Mendoza since 2002. After a brief stint at a Hulen location, Gomez-Mendoza began renting space in the Cockrell building in 2003.

    Gomez-Mendoza said she hopes to find a nearby location to move her business to.

    The owners of Computer Programming Services, Inc., declined a request to comment on the story.