Digging up Progress
The College Park residential and retail development is rising south of UTA Boulevard, between Pecan and Center streets. Breaking ground last fall were, from left, Dennis Wiles, senior pastor at First Baptist Church-Arlington; Robert Cluck, Arlington mayor; and UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo. Expected to open in summer 2012, the $80 million project includes an $18 million commitment from the city toward a parking structure and 1.5 acres of land donated by the church. College Park will feature a residence hall wrapped around an 1,800-vehicle parking garage with street-level retail and office suites, as well as a campus welcome center, a satellite campus police station, and 81 apartments. It’s part of the 20-acre College Park District, which includes the 6,500-seat College Park Center events venue now under construction and The Green at College Park, an urban oasis for campus and community members.