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UT System Regents approve final design, funding for College Park
News Release — 13 May 2010
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ARLINGTON - The University of Texas System Board of Regents today approved the final design and funding for College Park, an $80 million, mixed-used development on UT Arlington's eastern edge that will fuel new activity in the University and downtown business district.
The development includes campus residence halls wrapped around an 1,800-vehicle parking garage with street-level retail and office suites south of UTA Boulevard, between Pecan and Center streets. College Park also will include a new campus Welcome Center, a satellite campus police station and - in response to rising demand for on-campus housing - 81 new apartment units.
The project marks the largest partnership to date between The University of Texas at Arlington and the city of Arlington. The city has committed up to $18 million toward the parking structure, which will serve visitors to UT Arlington's 6,500-seat Special Events Center under construction immediately south of the College Park site as well as visitors to other downtown venues.
The events center, scheduled to open in late 2011, will be home to UT Arlington basketball and volleyball, but also the site of community events such as concerts and high school commencement ceremonies. College Park is expected to open in summer 2012.
"Our city is chalking up successes in terms of building our economy and revitalizing our downtown area," said Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck, who joined UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo in Austin to speak on behalf of the project. "College Park will play a critical role in building the life of our city - it will be a living and shopping destination, and also provide critical parking support for major downtown events."
Spaniolo credited Cluck with crafting a collaboration that will benefit all who want to see increased activity downtown and in the University district. First Baptist Church of Arlington also is a community partner in the project, donating about 1.5 acres in exchange for use of the parking facility.
"This is a model for town-gown partnerships," Spaniolo said. "More and more, our students are demanding high-quality residences close to class, and College Park certainly will help meet that need.
"But it also will help create an urban vibrancy, a true college town, through its shops and offices, and through those who take advantage of the new parking garage for Special Events Center activities."
Designed by Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. of Fort Worth, College Park mixes glass with metal, brick and stone in a modern update to the prevalent campus architecture and in accordance with the university's master plan and design guidelines.
Staubach Retail Services of Dallas and Cypress Equities of Dallas have been retained to identify retail partners and manage the retail spaces.
Other notable College Park amenities include:
- 484 residence hall beds and 15 residence hall assistant rooms;
- a new First Street connection, updated from initial concept drawings, that will encourage street-level retail activity between Pecan and Center streets;
- improved streetscapes and landscapes;
- and enhanced architectural finishes that will create vertical separation and give the development the look of urban townhouses.
For construction-related inquiries, please contact the UT System Office of Facilities Planning and Construction at www.utsystem.edu/fpc/ or by phone, 1-512-499-4600.
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