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TYLER (KYTX) - Construction projects at Tyler Junior College are making progress, but that also means tightening up on some parking spaces on campus.

TJC has seen a lot of growth over the last few years, and with that growth comes the need for more residence halls like Bateman Hall.

More places for those students, and part of that goes under construction next week.

"Half of that lot? We're losing that lot?" asks TJC sophomore Deseraie Tiedemann.

If you ask students about the parking lot being taken for construction, you may get a similar response.

Tiedemann lives on campus, but knows all about the parking dilemma.

"I barely see a parking spot empty over there, like when classes are going through. And if they take that away, that's going to make people late for classes and stuff," says Tiedemann.

The school is moving forward with a construction project that will put in a new residence hall on the west side of the school.

In lots S-2 and S-3, taking about 185 spots for students, staff and fleet vehicles.

"It's going to have an impact, so we're trying to get the word out to students and faculty and staff and let them be prepared because when they come back after spring break, they're going to have to park somewhere else," says Fred Peters with TJC.

Peters says he doesn't anticipate as many problems in the spring, but come the fall, there may need to be some alternative options for commuters.

"We're holding out the opportunity maybe partnering with some of the businesses for parking to offset what we think is going to be high demand," says Peters.

Peters says with the construction of the new nursing facility, and growth at the school, there's a demand for more housing.

"We get about twice as many applications for residence hall spots than we're able to accommodate so we know the need is there," says Peters.

"It's a good idea to get more people to live on campus, but then again, it's a bad idea for people who don't live on campus and need to get to class," says Tiedemann.

The need for more space, whether it's inside, or out.

"A parking garage would work," says Tiedemann.

Some of those parking spaces will be released back to TJC by December of this year, with the new nursing center opening in the spring of 2015, and the new residence hall opening up to students in the fall of 2015.

There will be another lot built adjacent to the new nursing facility as well in that same area.

This will be phase one of the new residence hall, adding 250 beds.

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