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UNT Board of Regents votes to acquire Avenue C properties

UNT Board of Regents votes to acquire Avenue C properties

UNT Board of Regents votes to acquire Avenue C properties
February 14
20:55 2019

The UNT System Board of Regents passed four motions Monday to purchase or exercise eminent domain on several properties along Avenue C. Some of the properties include Campus Bookstore, Oriental Express, Eagle Car Wash, Naranja Cafe and New York Sub Hub.

Each motion gives UNT System Chancellor Lesa Roe the authority to buy each property, although using eminent domain would force businesses to give up property without the owner’s consent.

Bob Brown, UNT System senior vice president for finance and administration, could not provide details on the reason or the timeline for the proposed acquisitions, but dismissed the immediate use of eminent domain for acquisitions.

“We have made offers in the past with the businesses,” Brown said. “My hope is that we will reach a negotiated price that all of us can agree on.”

Before the announcement, New York Sub Hub owner Hunter Christiansen said he has no intention of giving up his restaurant property.

“Our first response would be ‘we’re not interested,’” Christiansen said. “This is our 40th year in business. [UNT] approached us with a letter four or five years ago asking if we were wanting to sell, but our response is the same. We’re not interested in it.”

UNT passed similar motions in the past to purchase properties like the IHOP location next to Mozart Square. These new motions will exclusively affect small businesses.

Christiansen’s father established the Avenue C Sub Hub location as a 21-year-old New Jersey transplant in 1979, when the building was only a house. His son took the mantle seven years ago and said he wants to maintain the family business, provided he keep the original location.

“The first time we were approached with that letter from UNT, we spoke with lawyers to figure out our ins-and-outs, and I thought of different places we could go,” Christiansen said. “But there’s not going to be anything in Denton as great as this location.”

Other decisions

Outside the votes for the acquisition of the Avenue C properties, the board officially approved renaming the Business Leadership Building to the G. Brint Ryan College of Business, following a $30 million gift by Brint Ryan, UNT alumnus and owner of tax consulting firm Ryan LLC.

Other new or developing buildings received new names as well, including the upcoming Central Cafeteria currently in construction outside of the G. Brint Ryan College of Business.

The former site of grocery store Sack and Save, located directly adjacent to the Avenue C properties, will be known as the Distance Education Creation Unit following the completion of its construction.

After the completion of the new Track and Soccer Complex near the Waranch Tennis Complex, the old track and field building beside the property formerly known as Fouts Field will be renamed the Field House. The indoor facilities in development around the new track will be named the Indoor Practice Facility.

Featured Image: Hurley Administration Building. File.

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  1. Alex
    Alex February 15, 12:33

    This is not okay. Way too many students depend on those locations for food on weekends.

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  2. Guy
    Guy February 18, 00:10

    If they’re gonna close every restaurant around campus at least let the dining halls stay open later and have more than just Kerr open on weekends

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  3. Kendra
    Kendra February 21, 17:20

    With thousands of students living on campus, especially those who live in Victory Hall, the other four cafeterias need to be opened on the weekends also. When Joe Greene hall is complete, that’s another 1,000 students on campus as well. Some students don’t have cars to drive to other food locations so it’s pretty inconvenient to say the least.

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  4. paulUNTClass2019
    paulUNTClass2019 March 04, 21:44

    Shame on UNT! Squeezing out a family-run business! What’s more American than NY SUB HUB?? I’ve enjoyed many, many subs there during my time at UNT. Do the right thing UNT – BUILD ELSEWHERE!

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