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DALLAS — Texas Woman’s University is expected to add a new parking lot over the summer that will add 546 parking spaces on a portion of the old golf course.

During a TWU Board of Regents meeting Thursday, the finance and audit committee approved $4.5 million for the project, and it’s expected to pass in the full board meeting Friday.

The lot will increase on-campus parking by 15% and will have a mix of reserved spaces for the new residence halls opening in the fall, as well as general parking, said Jason Tomlinson, TWU vice president for finance and administration.

“Parking is one of our favorite subjects on campus, and this will add 500 to 600 spaces for us,” he told the board. “It’s not just parking with that $4.5 million. When we add the parking, we’ll add parking and sidewalks as well.”

The proposed parking lot will be south of East University Drive and west of North Ruddell Street and is expected to go out for bid in the coming weeks, with construction starting this summer. While the entire lot may not be completed by the start of the fall semester, Tomlinson says he believes a majority of it will be completed by late August.

A portion of the budget will fund sidewalk construction and lighting to better connect the lot to existing parts of campus, Tomlinson said.

Officials say they hope the parking lot completion will coincide with the opening of the two new residence halls on campus that are now called Parliament Village. The buildings total 219,000 square feet and will house 875 students.

The project is on track to be completed in July before students move in this fall, said Rob Ramirez, associate vice president for facilities management and construction.

Next to open on campus will be the 30,000-square-foot dining hall, Ramirez said.

“Contractually, we expect them to open in October, but fingers crossed they are moving along very nicely and they’re hoping to open at least 30 days early,” he said. “I spoke to the [project] superintendent, and they’re trying for August, but he told me not to make any promises for that.”

The board will continue its regular meeting at the TWU Dallas campus on Friday morning to finalize funding for parking, consider Chancellor Carine Feyten’s contract and consider adding several new degree programs.

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @jennafduncan.

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