Catalyst for revitalization

Mixed-use parking facility to complement special events center

Plans to transform the eastern edge of the campus into a thriving residential, entertainment and retail destination have accelerated with approval of a mixed-use parking facility.

The UT System Board of Regents authorized the addition of a $67 million parking garage and residence hall to the system’s capital improvement plan. The project includes 1,800 parking spaces on five levels to support the planned special events center—scheduled to open in 2012—and living space for about 450 students.

The building will include retail and office space at the ground level, a University police satellite office and a plaza that will integrate the project with the special events center, the Center Street trail and park, and the Second Street pedestrian mall. The residence hall and retail spaces will wrap around the parking garage.

“This mixed-use project will help address our community’s parking needs,” UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo says, “and we expect it to be a catalyst for further development in central Arlington.”

The parking garage and residence hall will complement the city’s Center Street pedestrian trail project. The regents voted to let UT Arlington grant the city easements on 5.4 acres along Center Street for a pedestrian plaza and hiking trail.

UT Arlington plans to seek U.S. Green Building LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the project.

In February the regents approved plans for a $73 million, 190,000-square-foot special events center between South Center and South Pecan streets at West Second Street. In addition to providing first-rate facilities for the Maverick basketball and volleyball teams, the 6,500-seat venue will accommodate a wide range of other campus and community events.

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