Two-word problem dragging home values down around Rangers’ ballparkTwo-word problem dragging home values down around Rangers’ ballparkhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=127262016-04-05T05:00:00Z2016-04-04T20:50:00Z

​​​ARLINGTON - Before you conclude it’s wise to live near Arlington’s Globe Life Park, consider two words: parking lots.

Those giant asphalt surfaces around the home of the Texas Rangers and its neighbors, AT&T Stadium and Six Flags Over Texas, make it easy for patrons to get in and get out. 

But they sure don’t do much for the neighborhood’s desirability.

That’s why real estate web site Trulia puts the Rangers and Globe Life Park near the bottom of its ranking of median home values around Major League Baseball’s 29 stadiums in the U.S.

Home values within a mile of Globe Life were 28.7 percent lower than the surrounding DFW metro area, and apartment rents were 13.5 percent cheaper.

The takeaway is Globe Life Park is a “commuter stadium,” said David Weidner, managing editor of Trulia’s Housing Economic Research.

Even though Weidner considers the ballpark to be attractive with all of the amenities fans expect, he said Globe Life has too many other factors working against it, such as those parking lots, a nearby interstate freeway and heavily-traveled access roads.

As the Rangers prepare for today’s home opener, the team and the City of Arlington also are working on plans for a $200 million mixed-use development around Globe Life Park.

That project would include a 100,000-sf entertainment complex, a 300-room hotel and 35,000-sf convention center annex. It would be constructed in Rangers Lot A at the southwest corner of Nolan Ryan Expressway and East Randol Mill Rd.

The team’s contract with Arlington expires in 2024.

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