Woman Hoping To Cash In On New BU Stadium Hits Bureaucratic Wall

By: Matt Howerton Email
By: Matt Howerton Email
A woman who wants a zoning change in property she owns near the site of Baylor’s new football stadium has run into a bureaucratic wall.

Wannika Muhammad. (File)

WACO (January 28, 2013)- The location of Baylor's new football stadium has been seen as an inconvenience for some residents living near the site, but there are those who want to take advantage of the project, including Wannika Muhammad, who owns a vacant residential lot near the stadium site.

"Let's say it's game day. If people want to park on my lot for a small fee, then I should be able to reap those benefits," Muhammad said in an interview last December.

Muhammad told News 10 that she runs a small trucking company.

In December of 2012, she coughed up $350 and applied with the City of Waco to make her residential lot a commercial lot.

Muhammad said she wants to be able to pave her lot, park her trucks on it, provide parking for future Baylor fans, and possibly open a restaurant in the future.

Muhammad got an answer from the City of Waco's Planning Services on Monday.

"I was told my request would be opposed before I even got to the Plan Commission meeting on Tuesday night," Muhammad said.

The City of Waco's Planning Services basically told Muhammad that they wouldn't recommend approval for her request at the city's Plan Commission meeting Tuesday night.

"When we look at zoning changes from residential to commerical C-3, we have to consider all permitted uses in the C-3 district," Waco's Planning Services Director, Clint Peters said.

"That could range from a bar, to a restaurant, and to general retail. We have to look at that and ask if it's appropriate to be in the middle of a neighborhood."

Muhammad's request was voted on before the City of Waco's Plan Commission Tuesday night and didn't pass.

The Waco City Council will now review her case.

Residents near Floyd Casey Stadium, Baylor's current football stadium, can sometimes make $2500 a season just for providing parking on game days.

Muhammad feels she might now be missing out on that cash and more.

"There are people who shortcut the system, they cut corners, and they don't go through the proper channels," Muhammad said.

"I did all of those things, and here I'm denied before the meeting even starts."

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