Sara Story, Denton Reporter
Neighbors near the campus of Texas Woman's University are challenging expansion by the university and enlisting preservation groups to help.
The Denton Historic Landmark Commission has added its voice to those that oppose the Texas Woman's University's expansion plans.
Neighbors of the university say they worry the expansion would destroy a historic neighborhood. TWU is buying properties near campus as they become available. Dozens of homes have been torn down to make room for the campus' growth.
Historic Landmark Commission approved a resolution that asks the school to spread out in a different direction.
"We would like it to stop here," Chairwoman Karen DeVinney said.
The Historic Landmark Commission makes recommendations to the Planning & Zoning Commission and the City Council about which buildings, structures, sites, districts and areas in Denton should be preserved and designated as historic landmarks. It also regulates design review for designated properties and districts.
Enrollment at TWU is up. DeVinney said she recognizes the university's need to grow but wants the university to be mindful of the history around it.
"We thought the next best thing we could do is express our opinions and our desires and our hopes that this neighborhood might be preserved as TWU moves forward," DeVinney said.
Homeowner Clay Rozell said he fears his home near TWU is in jeopardy.
"When this house came up for sale by owner, we were quick to jump on it," he said. "It's been a really good house."