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Denton Municipal Electric offers new Eagle Substation plans

Denton Municipal Electric offers new Eagle Substation plans

July 23
21:05 2015

Paul Wedding | Staff Writer

Denton Municipal Electric held a new open house Thursday for the public to see potential layout options for the Eagle Substation that officials say would provide more power to a growing Denton.

The three new options presented showed the substation in the same general vicinity of Bernard Street and Eagle Drive. The options were picked due to their close proximity to pre-existing transmission lines, avoiding the need to construct additional transmission lines, according to a substation project information sheet.

“It’s part of growing,” DME official Donna Anderson said. “If you can’t grow with the city, the city stops growing.”

The original proposed substation would have been located on corner of Bernard Street and West Collins Street and would have potentially leveled 13 homes and cost the city $5.4 million to build.

The new options presented are in relatively less populated spaces, but have costs ranging from $16 million to $28 million and would get rid of somewhere between 43 and 133 apartments and three commercial buildings, according to officials.

Public reaction to the proposed options were met with less backlash  than the previous plan, but there was still some protest. A few people came to the event with picket signs against the substation, and had parked their car outside the school with the message “Don’t destroy our homes, build it in a parking lot” playing from a loudspeaker.

Many residents want the substation to be built on the UNT campus on one of its parking lots. But UNT officials insist that it would conflict with university construction and expansion plans set in place already.

Joe Bauer was one of the protestors at the event, saying that the substation was specifically for UNT due to the university’s growth.

“They want to shove it off in someone else’s neighborhood and devalue someone else’s property,” Bauer said. “The university needs to put it on their land. It’s their’s.”

Denton resident Oleta Steele was against the originally proposed option, but does think that the new potential locations are far better due to being further from residential areas.

“It gives them room and it’s on a major thoroughfare,” she said. “People will just drive right by it.”

Once a plan is approved by Denton City Council, it is unknown how long it will take to purchase the existing buildings on the site, but DME hopes to have the substation up and running two years after the land is acquired.

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