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UNT parking lot 40 being razed to make way for three new frats

UNT parking lot 40 being razed to make way for three new frats

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UNT parking lot 40 being razed to make way for three new frats
September 25
16:18 2016

The construction for three new fraternity houses that began Sept. 5 means more housing for UNT’s Greek Life, but it also means fewer on-campus parking spaces.

More than half of the parking in lot 40 is being removed to make way for the new fraternity houses, System Landscape Architect Traci Jones said.

The construction is expected to cause delays to road and foot traffic. Officials in charge of the project expect it to completed by early November. It will cost  about $2 million. After the project is complete, parking will return to the north end of the lot.

“This project is the grading, draining and utility work for the future houses,” Jones said. “This project itself is not for building [the] houses.”

After the completion of this phase of the project, plans will prepare the two neighboring lots for fraternity housing, Dean of Students Maureen McGuinness said. This construction follows the current UNT master plan to expand Greek Life’s footprint on the campus. McGuinness said the entire lot will be eventually converted into Greek housing.

Because all sororities on campus have houses, McGuinness said,  the current plan is to only build fraternity houses.

Victor Argueta, a biology freshman and Phi Gamma Delta member, feels that Greek Life is important and needs the expansion. 

“Some fraternities don’t have houses, so I feel like they should get a chance to have one,” Argueta said. “There’s so much other parking [on campus], and UNT could always build more spots in the future.”

Although Greek housing provides residence opportunities for those in fraternities and sororities, students such as Jacob Cortez, a violin performance and music education senior, feel that parking should take a priority because it affects a wider range of students.

“It sounds like they need to get their priorities straight,” Cortez said. “There’s more people that drive to school to get their education than there are people interested in getting into fraternities and sororities.”

This construction begins as the campus adjusts to a new UNT parking system. Despite the new Eagle Pass program expanding the number of lots students can park, some students report still having difficulties finding an open spot.

“It’s first come first serve,” biochemistry freshman Princess Bernardino said. “I’m an off campus student, so I have to leave an hour and a half early to find a spot because most of the lots are crowded.”

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6 Comments

  1. Lorenzo Lopez
    Lorenzo Lopez September 26, 12:09

    These people are idiots!!!!!! We need spaces for cars not houses for stupid frats!

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    • Anonymous
      Anonymous September 26, 13:16

      You can say what you please about fraternities at larger schools, but Greek life at UNT, including the guys, does a lot more for the community and their own philanthropy than they party and get into trouble. Im not in a fraternity or sorority and I know this.

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  2. Matt
    Matt September 26, 13:25

    I think this is pretty idiotic… No other organization takes up as much room as sororities and fraternities. I have never understood the reason for frat and sorority housing and the fact that UNT is heavily expanding without expanding parking means that providing space for these frats is purely because frats bring money to campus. UNT’s priorities are definitely not in the right place. Parking benefits the general populace a lot more than any frat house will….

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  3. Dicks out for parking lot 40
    Dicks out for parking lot 40 September 26, 18:46

    UNT: notices students struggling to find parking spots
    UNT: let’s take away parking lots that everyone uses and make 3 frat houses that is limited to a few students

    Get your shit together UNT

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  4. Friendly-neighborhood-spiderman
    Friendly-neighborhood-spiderman September 27, 12:18

    In the wake of the new parking system I think that this is profoundly ill advised. I think that makign the houseing would be great if Greek Life made a larger impact on UNT. If there we definitive numbers that could be seen that support Greek Life as a major contributor to UNT then fine. However, when staff at UNT can’t seem to get parking, and students have to pay almost double. There are still plenty of people who park in the wrong lots and don’t have parking passes. Visitors have it the worst. They have to get visitor passes which are usuable with Eagle lots….yet…if student’s cant find E lots how will visitors?

    UNT seems to be expanding in the wrong ways. It’s exanding far too fast as well. There have to be better alternatives.

    I can almost guarantee that this whole “new system” has caused more trouble than parking ever has in the past. Get the parking to support the buildings first. Instead of building over a profoundly scarce resource.

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  5. Goodgame
    Goodgame September 27, 12:39

    I took about 3 surveys in the Spring 2016 semester that asked us for possible solutions for on campus parking. But during the summer they decided to take away an entire lot, and originally the highland parking garage for commuter who pay hourly. Instead, you had to buy an $800 access card to get into the garage. You would think they make more money off the amount they charge us for parking permits they they will off the frat houses.

    Also, I have heard since they rearranged on campus parking,the large lot next to the old stadium that is now resident parking have to move their cars when there is a football game.

    Great job UNT President for not adding more parking like we asked.

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