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Urban Style Developments to change the look of University Drive

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citykid09    144

Developments to change the look of University Drive

http://www.theeagle.com/local/The-road-to-change--7010434

These developments are going to really change the Bryan/College Station area. It really is amazing how much this area has changed in the past few decades. I wonder will these plans slow down the efforts to revidalize downtown Bryan? Also there is a town center planned for the bio corridor, will that plan still go through with all of these other developments happening? And I can't believe they are tearing down the old plaza skyscraper.

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zaphod    5

Oh well. The Plaza isn't really a skyscraper. I also wonder if it truly is the tallest building in the city sometimes or if that is a myth. The Eller Building with its antennae included looks taller, at least to me. Does anyone have a official source for its height?

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The Pragmatist    379

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http://www.campusacq...ards/index.html

I saw this on the TexAgs forums and thought it would be of interest. I don't know if this has been posted yet.

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Texas A&M University – 717 University

The project is proposed to be a 16-story, 440+ bed upscale building, complete with modern amenities including a rooftop pool and hot tub, outdoor grilling station, sand volleyball, sophisticated fitness center, individual and group study lounges, and on-site management by CA's full service staff. The project is expected to break ground in April 2012 and be ready for occupancy come August 2013.

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zaphod    5

Wow, is that for real?

So that will be on the site of the old bank, across the street from Taco Bell? I wonder how much if it will spell the end for the strip with Jin's and Lippman's, or if that will remain.

The architecture isn't too bad, especially near the bottom. It could do without the round crowny thing and I'm sure it's a real dog from the rear though. But beggar's can't be choosers, it will be awesome to see so much go up on University. It looks way better than the Plaza.

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The Pragmatist    379

Indeed, it is changing a lot in a short period of time. Then you have the Kyle Field renovation (or demolition and rebuilding) which is up for discussion right now for the relatively near future. It will be interesting to see everything change around the town.

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WestGrayGuy    4

As an aggie who lived at the old Plaza hotel (University Tower) in the 90's, I am very excited to see this development. That has always been an eyesore.

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zaphod    5

In other news, I didn't realize the Deluxe Diner was becoming a Chimy's Cerveceria. Nice.

Fatburger and A1 tutoring and Herbert's have all moved on, and the bank is now almost torn down. Still, that's a small footprint for the proposed buildings going up. I wonder if Taco Bell or Citibank will remain or if one or the other will eventually close too?

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LTAWACS    66

thumb-boards-university-texas-01.jpg

http://www.campusacq...ards/index.html

I saw this on the TexAgs forums and thought it would be of interest. I don't know if this has been posted yet.

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Texas A&M University – 717 University

The project is proposed to be a 16-story, 440+ bed upscale building, complete with modern amenities including a rooftop pool and hot tub, outdoor grilling station, sand volleyball, sophisticated fitness center, individual and group study lounges, and on-site management by CA's full service staff. The project is expected to break ground in April 2012 and be ready for occupancy come August 2013.

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IronTiger    744

Citibank looks way too big for a bank of its size. Also, it would make the most sense to cut off that bad turn near Church Avenue and connect it up with Spence, with the Church Street ROW used for 717 University.

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zaphod    5

A crane with a pile driver or drill of some kind(not a construction guy, lol) has been on the site for a while.

Wonder what that means? I imagine if we are in fact getting the tall building in the rendering it's foundation would be pretty robust compared to the slabs you see typical 3 story apartments go up on. Good news then, maybe :D

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zaphod    5

Just to keep this thread going...

Bulldozers Rip Through Albertsons, Making Room for "The Stack":

http://www.kbtx.com/...-164090986.html

User comments on the page suck as usual. Apparently building a high density student housing development across the street from the university is not a good idea?

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txshady    0

Never thought I'd see the day when that empty Albertson's would get torn down, it is great to finally see these vacancies getting replaced with modern development.

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IronTiger    744

The developments don't seem to be going too well. Campus Pointe has been approved but has gone nowhere yet: the old College Avenue Apartments are long gone. The Rise at Northgate (717 University) is slowly building but not yet a symbol in the skyline (and no leases signed). Legacy Point is stopped: the Stack is stopped, the demo on Albertsons stopped; and the Plaza redevelopment isn't due until 2013 at the earliest. Still an empty lot.

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Nate99    6238

These idea for high-ish rent property right next to campus struck me as awfully ambitious.

Students with money typically lived in houses when I was there, permanent residents would probably steer well wide of campus for every day living.

Wish them luck though.

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JoninATX    159

thumb-boards-university-texas-01.jpg

http://www.campusacq...ards/index.html

I saw this on the TexAgs forums and thought it would be of interest. I don't know if this has been posted yet.

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Texas A&M University – 717 University

The project is proposed to be a 16-story, 440+ bed upscale building, complete with modern amenities including a rooftop pool and hot tub, outdoor grilling station, sand volleyball, sophisticated fitness center, individual and group study lounges, and on-site management by CA's full service staff. The project is expected to break ground in April 2012 and be ready for occupancy come August 2013.

It's nearly topped out.

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http://m.facebook.com/riseatnorthgate?v=activity&refid=17

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zaphod    5

I just noticed, there is now construction equipment on the old plaza tower site :)

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IronTiger    744

Yes indeed. It's a somewhat different corridor now...the Rise at Northgate is complete with a CVS on the lower level (two other spaces are empty, one of which has been leased by Great Wraps). Over at Legacy Point, about 2/3 of the center was demolished (including the old Albertsons), and a huge new apartment building was built. University Apartments will be turned into "Century Square" and sealed off. It looks like the old apartments are going through abatement procedures. Northpoint Crossing already has a few structures up but not anywhere close to being done.

 

The St. Mary's Catholic Church is going through an expansion as well, planning a huge new cathedral/sanctuary on the current Mud Lot area (which was converted to paved parking lot some years ago), as well as tearing down the Gleissner Hall Apartments (French Quarter Apartments) for a massive parking garage with retail below.

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zaphod    5

You ought to do a blog post on all this.

 

Personally I dislike Century Square. All it's streets are insular, it has parking on all sides. For a place that is ostensibly pedestrian friendly.  It looks like Sugarland Town Center.

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