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The Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Development (CETD) 

With support from the State of Texas, University of Texas at Arlington has established the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Development (CETD) to foster a vibrant and collaborative atmosphere for students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and community members to create new opportunities, commercialize new technologies, and pioneer new companies. The 4,000 square foot center is used for classes, events, collaborative work, and one-on-one meetings with mentors and service providers. Located at the highly visible intersection of Center Street and UTA Boulevard, the CETD is the venue of choice for several flagship programs at UTA, including the EpICMavs discussion series, Blackstone LaunchPad, and the MavPitch business plan competition.

Downtown Fire Station

The new more modern, more efficient Fire Station No. 1 in Downtown Arlington officially opened in late 2023, with the official opening ceremony taking place on December 8, 2023. The two-story, 17,667-square-foot station replaces the old Fire Station No. 1, which originally opened in 1954. The new facility is designed to provide a better work and living space for Arlington’s firefighters. Features include five larger, drive-thru apparatus bays to hold more equipment, training areas and indoor and outdoor kennels for the Fire Department’s K9 Unit, a full kitchen and a dining room, and various offices. The station will also include a public space for community events and meetings as well as a museum area about the Arlington Fire Department’s history and accomplishments, and for visitors to see historical items up close, such as an antique fire engine.

Mineral Well Public Plaza

Established in the 1890s, the historic mineral well was a major landmark in the center of Arlington. Mineral water flowed through lions’ head sculptures mounted on four-sides of the fountain, serving as a focal point until the early 1950s when the well was torn down due to the City’s growth. In 2022, the creation of a new cultural landmark began in commemoration of this time in Arlington’s early history -- the Mineral Well Public Plaza. The plaza opened for public use in September 2023. Designed by Jim Richards, a national award-winning landscape architect and designer, the art installation includes outdoor seating and a 40-foot-tall clock tower featuring four lion sculptures by local artist Janice Hart Melito. Funded by a $1,000,000 grant from the Arlington Tomorrow Foundation, the tower is located in the plaza between the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library and City Hall.