CITY COUNCIL APPROVES
PERMIT FOR PARKING PLAN
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
"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
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
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.