News Release

The Palos Heights City Council gave unanimous approval September 21 for a permit that paves the way for the College to build a parking lot on five acres of property near the north end of campus.

Trinity reached an agreement earlier this year to purchase the parcel of land, which sits immediately east of Trinity's maintenance building. The acquisition was contingent upon the city granting a special-use permit to convert the property into a parking lot. The College intends to provide parking for 180 vehicles to offset the loss of 90 spaces when construction on the Art and Communication Center begins.

"We are grateful that the Palos Heights zoning board and aldermen understand our need and plans, and have responded positively," President Steven Timmermans said. "I'm appreciative of our staff and faculty who helped in many different ways, whether it was talking to neighbors or working with city officials. I also want to thank the College's stakeholders for their financial support of this project."

With total enrollment in Trinity's traditional program approaching 1,000 students, parking for students, staff, and faculty is becoming a more pressing need. The administration is discussing ideas to ease the burden.

"Parking is a major concern on our campus and will become more urgent as our student population increases," said Ginny Carpenter, vice president of student development. "We are very pleased that the city council voted in our favor. Those five acres will provide relief for residents and commuters, and we'll continue to explore more options."

No timetable has been set to begin work on the parking lot. The College hopes to break ground on the Art and Communication Center in 2005.

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