Arlington move-in day will be exponentially more exciting next week as students
take up residence at Vandergriff Hall and The Lofts at College Park and take advantage of spacious, new parking garages and restaurants in the new, 20-acre College Park
UT Arlington's College Park District spans more than 20 acres just south of downtown Arlington.
residential and retail development includes 1,800 parking spaces in three
garages to serve students living on campus, patrons of restaurants and retail
outlets and visitors to the 7,000-seat College Park Center, downtown Arlington
and First Baptist Church-Arlington.
to see Arlington’s first urban village take root on the UT Arlington campus,”
President James D. Spaniolo said. “Our students now have a destination where
they can live, study, dine and catch a show or a game. The College Park
District is a beacon for everyone who wants to experience the excitement of a
thriving College Town.”
Arlington residence halls open Monday, Aug. 20. Classes begin Thursday, Aug.
23. A grand opening event for College Park District is planned later this fall.
The College Park District
includes 27,000 square feet of retail space, with seven of 10 spaces already leased.
Pie Five Pizza Co., a fast casual concept from Pizza Inn Holdings Inc., has
announced an Aug. 22 opening. Coolberry Frozen Yogurt is expected to open in
Digg’s Taco Shop, a hip, laid-back taqueria serving fresh, ramped-up tacos, has leased
2,900 square feet off Pecan Street south of UTA Boulevard in the College Park
District. The Arlington location is expected to open in November and will have
patio seating. Digg’s has a popular University Park location across from
Southern Methodist University.
Other restaurants, including
previously announced GRIP Mediterranean Grill; Pho Xpress; and MAVS Sports
Grill are expected to open in October. The University expects to announce additional
tenants throughout the fall.
Vandergriff Hall, named for
longtime Arlington mayor and Tarrant County Judge Tom J. Vandergriff, will be
home to about 500 students. The Lofts at College Park will serve another 100
students in the new contemporary apartments.
As part of the University’s commitment
to supporting learning inside and outside the classroom, an Academic Resource
Center inside Vandergriff Hall will offer peer mentoring, tutoring, supplemental
instruction and group study opportunities for students. The Academic Resource
Center is a collaboration between UT Arlington’s housing offices and University
College, which bolsters student success by providing tools such as tutoring,
counseling and advising in one place.
The College Park residential and retail development was
designed to meet standards for LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green
Building Council. Some of the building’s
sustainable features include low-flow plumbing systems, reflective roofing and
paving and the use of recycled and regionally sourced building materials. The
Park North and Park Central garages also are equipped with 1,638 photovoltaic
panels that generate enough solar energy to offset 30 percent of the mixed-use
development’s energy use.
Overall, some 5,300 students
will live on campus this fall, with another 775 students living at the
northwest corner of campus in new, privately developed student complexes along
The College Park District also
features the new, 7,000-square-foot Dan Dipert University Welcome Center at South Center and East Second streets with easy access from points north
and south. The center was made possible in part by support from Dan Dipert,
chief executive officer of Arlington-based Dan Dipert Travel &
Transportation Ltd., and his wife Linda.
the district includes a new, UT Arlington Police substation, security cameras
and “blue light” emergency call boxes through the garages and added public
safety officers to patrol the area.
College Park Center comes alive with the
annual MavsMeet convocation at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, and UT Arlington
women’s volleyball beginning Friday, Aug. 24. UT Arlington men’s and women’s
basketball returns to College Park Center in November. More information about
UT Arlington Athletics is available at www.utamavs.com.
Passion Pit, a celebrated, Boston-based
electric pop band, plays College Park Center on Sept. 14, while Christian hip-hop
artist TobyMac is booked Oct. 4. For more information about upcoming College
Park Center events and tickets, please visit www.utacollegepark.com.
The University of Texas at Arlington is
a comprehensive research institution of 33,500 students in the heart of North
Texas. For more information, please visit www.uta.edu.