MTSU to build transportation services center

Bill Waits, MTSU interim assistant vice president for campus planning, talks about a future transportation services center during Wednesday’s Murfreesboro Planning Commission. JASON M. REYNOLDS

MTSU plans to build a $3.4 million transportation center that will service buses and other transportation needs.

Bill Waits, interim assistant vice president for campus planning, shared the university’s plans for the transportation services center on City View Drive during the Murfreesboro Planning Commission meeting Wednesday.

Middle Tennessee State University could start construction this summer, and opening could take about a year, Waits said.

The university is asking to rezone 10 parcels and a portion of the main campus, according to Planning Commission documents. There are six residential structures and two university parking lots on the property, all of which MTSU owns. The sites total 7.3 acres. The current zoning is a mixture of RS-10 (single family) and CL (local commercial). All the properties would be zoned CU (college and university) if the City Council approves the request, which received a favorable recommendation from the Planning Commission.

The transportation center would be built on the south of a parking lot on Alumni Drive, said the city’s Assistant Planning Director Matthew Blomeley. The building will be across City View Drive from an apartment complex, so a landscape buffer will need to be built.

MTSU plans to construct the building on the north half of the site, Waits said. It will service the university’s shuttle buses and provide space for parking services such as distributing parking passes and paying parking tickets. There will be three service bays for bus maintenance.

In other business, the commission gave a favorable recommendation to modify the Planned Residential District zoning at Kimbro Woods along Veterans Parkway and Saint Andrews Drive. The development received the zoning designation late last year but somehow the incorrect minimum lot size was recorded, according to Planning Commission documents. The lot size was listed in city records as 60 feet minimum width when the minimum width should have been 55 feet.

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