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YWCA Arlington Child Development Center to get new facility

News Release — 13 May 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact: Kristin Sullivan, (817) 272-5364, kristinsul@uta.edu

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.

The existing 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.

Under a 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.

The 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.

UT 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/.

For more information about services provided by the nonprofit YWCA Fort Worth & Tarrant County, visit www.ywca.org.

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

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