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UT Arlington's College Park garage opens Aug. 22, adds 1,100 parking spaces

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

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Media Contact: Bridget Lewis, Office:817-272-3317, Cell:214-577-9094, blewis@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - Students, faculty and staff arriving on The University of Texas at Arlington campus the week of Aug. 22 will have use of 1,100 new parking spaces in the north College Park garage at UTA Boulevard, between Pecan and Center streets.

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The new garage is the first phase of the two-part College Park District residential and retail development, which also will add residence hall space and apartments for 600 students by summer 2012. The new garage features the latest technology to help ensure safety and security, including numerous video cameras and emergency call boxes.

The new garage immediately improves parking capacity for Arlington Hall and Brazos Hall residents. They will have priority access to 410 spaces on the fourth and fifth levels.

It also provides more convenient, covered space for First Baptist Church of Arlington, which provided land to make the project possible. The City of Arlington also is a partner in the project, having committed up to $18 million toward both phases.

"Opening the new College Park garage is the first step in what is rapidly becoming a thriving new part of the UT Arlington campus," said John Hall, UT Arlington vice president for administration and campus operations. "We are pleased that we will be able to better serve our students, faculty and staff with a resource that will be shared with our downtown community."

Two other features of the north College Park garage are signs of UT Arlington’s continuing commitment to creating a sustainable campus: a free, public charging station for electric vehicles and a system of upper-deck solar panels that will provide shade and eventually form the largest carport-style photovoltaic energy system in Texas.

When complete, the photovoltaic system will include more than 1,600 panels and will generate enough energy to offset an estimated 30 percent of the energy use at the mixed-use College Park development. The system is funded through a $1.8 million American Reinvestment and Recovery Act grant.

Students, faculty and staff also should note that:

  • Motorists with proper parking decals may enter the garage from UTA Boulevard or from South Center Street.
  • The surface lot east of Arlington Hall previously used by campus residents is closed as construction proceeds on the south garage and final phase of College Park.
  • Faculty and staff will have access to 529 spaces in the north garage Monday through Saturday and 279 spaces on Sundays.
  • First Baptist Church of Arlington will have access to 150 spaces in the northern parking structure Monday through Saturday and 400 spaces on Sundays, when campus use typically is at its lowest level.
  • The south garage and full College Park development is on schedule to open prior to the fall 2012 semester.

The electric vehicle charging station is located in the southwest corner of the first level. From UTA Boulevard, enter the garage and turn right, then turn left. The station is suited for the Chevrolet Volt, Nissan Leaf and other electric models.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of nearly 34,000 students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

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