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|Volume 68, Issue 1, Monday,
August 26, 2002
Cullen entrance set for renovation
By Lindsey Bowers
An improved landscape with newly planted trees and lighted walkways
will greet those who enter the campus from Cullen Boulevard by
UH workers plant trees on Cullen Boulevard as part of the Cullen Beautification Project. Most of the work done in time for the first home football
game on Sept. 7 and will be totally finished by late October.
"The general goal of the project is to let not only students, faculty and staff know how gorgeous our campus is, but it is to enlighten those who
don't know about our little oasis," said Dave Irvin, vice president of facilities maintenance. "We want to entice them inside and show them what
we're really all about. This project will help us put our best face forward."
Caren Burns, director of campus planning and real estate, said, "The
changes give it a grand feel with that 'you have arrived' atmosphere. It's
"I don't see how anybody couldn't be excited about this," she said.
"Anything we can do to the entrances is great for our school. It will make
For $350, anyone can purchase an individual tree as a dedication to
a loved one or in recognition of a campus organization. A red granite plaque
"The whole thing ought to look fantastic," Burns said. "We're planting
30 more trees around campus as well. We're trying to do great things
Inclement weather has held back the construction by a few weeks, but
the Cullen Beautification Project is not expected to interfere with
Burns also said the work should not affect parking spaces along Cullen,
except for the parking lot next to the intramural field, which will be
In addition to the changes, the Wendy's restaurant on Cullen will be
torn down and the franchise will move to a new location on Scott Street.
"It was a win-win situation for both of us," she said.
The new restaurant will be much bigger, with two drive-through windows and twice the amount of space to prepare foods.
"We believe we'll have an increase in sales, especially with school
starting around the same time we're opening," said Nitza Jenkins, the
We have actually lost sales since the construction began next to us
on Cullen. The University wasn't supposed to start doing all this until
The tentative date for the opening of the new location is Aug. 27.
"We're having a huge grand opening party with cake and balloons for everyone, so be watching for it," Jenkins said.
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