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Changes could come to Fry

Changes could come to Fry

January 30
18:58 2016

Julia Falcon | Staff Writer


There could be some changes that would affect student parking around the Fry Street area if one developer gets its way. On Wednesday, a panel of city chair people discussed the proposed plan, a living area that would be located above Voertman’s and Subway on Hickory Street.

Denton residents and business owners attended the meeting, raising concerns that a new apartment complex could upset the already hectic parking situation near Fry.

The Hickory Street Conceptual Housing Plan, proposed by EdR Collegiate Housing, includes 308 rooms, with a parking garage that includes 220 parking spots, being 88 spaces short. Based on studies from other college campuses, the EdR representatives said that there is a probability of a lot of spaces not being used. It is a part of Denton’s 2030 development plan.

Mary Anderson, who lives on Oak Street, requested there be an independent traffic study because she sometimes has problems leaving her own house.

Brent Erskin, the owner of Voertman’s, said a lot of the students he employs don’t have cars, and doesn’t think the lack of parking spaces in the garage will be a problem. He is in favor of the proposed living area, bringing him more customers.

“Sales at Voertman’s continue to rise every year,” Erskin said. “And once the building is complete, Voertman’s will own its own area at the first floor of the apartment complex.”

Chairman Devin Taylor said that as an alumnus, he had problems searching for parking and knows that commuters search the Fry Street area for a free parking spot.

“I really like the density but I have a problem with the process,” Taylor said. “Millennials are rushing to get their licenses and getting cars, and the starving commuters are the ones who troll for spots. I vote we deny this application.”

Chairwoman Amber Briggle also denied the application, saying that she would rather have it postponed until more information was received.

“This need to enhance the neighborhood, and the changes we are making won’t enhance the overlay,” Briggle said. “I am a fan of density, but I would like the developer to show the math, and I see some value in this project, but not to the point where I am ready to approve it.”

Chairman Larry Beck agreed as well, saying that this particular proposal is too much for the area.

“We do need more student housing,” Beck said. “I would encourage EdR to go back to the drawing board because something like this can’t be on a scale that overwhelms.”

Featured Image: Sophie Huemer presents the a draft for the Fry Street Overlay District Amendment to city council Wednesday night. Hannah Ridings | Senior Staff Photographer

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