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ARLINGTON - The University
of Texas at Arlington announces plans to build a new home for the YWCA
Arlington Child Development Center on a verdant, tree-lined site at 403 S.
Davis Drive, at the northwest corner of the main campus.
The new, 8,000-square-foot childcare
center will replace the provider’s 20-year-old building at 106 W. Sixth St. and
separate campus childcare services from an increasingly busy corner of campus. The
site is near UT Arlington’s new community garden and is considered more visible
and accessible to visitors and potential clients. Construction is expected to
begin this fall following the design phase; the new building is expected to be
complete by August 2012.
The existing center lies east of UT
Arlington’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development center, near a
heavily used University parking lot, north of the University's natural gas pad site.
It is at the southern end of College Park District, a 20-acre development that will
see more traffic as the 6,500-seat College Park Center and College Park
residential and retail center – both under construction – come into full use during
the summer of 2012.
“The YWCA is pleased
with its ongoing relationship with UT Arlington and is thrilled about
discussing the potential of continuing to providing community child care
services in this new facility,” said Carol Klocek, executive director of the
YWCA Fort Worth & Tarrant County, which operates child development centers
in Arlington and Fort Worth. “The YWCA is looking forward to
providing continuing quality childcare, pending a final agreement with UT
Arlington following YWCA board's review and approval, which we expect shortly.”
YWCA center was built for the nonprofit service organization in 1990 and after
two decades of use is in need of updating. The center’s capacity is 131
children. About half the families served by the YWCA are UT Arlington students,
faculty or staff; the rest are area residents.
proposed agreement approved by the UT System Board of Regents this week, UT Arlington
would own the new building and lease it to the YWCA for 25 years. The YWCA
would “prepay” $100,000 toward rent to offset construction costs.
project cost is $1.7 million. Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. of Houston, UT
Arlington’s partner in campus natural gas operations, has agreed to cover $1.12
million; the University will cover $480,000. The proposed lease agreement gives
UT Arlington students, faculty and staff priority use of the childcare center
and allows the University to use the center as a learning laboratory for
faculty and students.
Arlington’s natural gas site has been in production since 2008. Natural gas
royalties have helped the University attract new endowment gifts, recruit world-class
faculty, provide additional scholarships for high-achieving students and
advance the campus master plan.
For more information about the
UT Arlington natural gas program, visithttp://www.uta.edu/ucomm/naturalgas/.
information about services provided by the nonprofit YWCA Fort
Worth & Tarrant County, visit www.ywca.org.
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