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  1. Bryan golf course repairs OK'd Council drops feasibility study By APRIL AVISON Eagle Staff Writer The Bryan City Council voted Tuesday to upgrade the Municipal Golf Course, scrapping plans for a feasibility study that would have examined other possible uses for the land. Councilman Jason Bienski cast the only vote against the renovations, which officials say could cost more than $4 million. Councilman Paul Madison did not attend the Tuesday evening meeting. City leaders had contemplated a feasibility study, saying they wanted to ensure the Villa Maria Road property was being best used for the golf course, rather than commercial development or some other purpose. The study would have cost about $60,000, officials said. "[Conducting a feasibility study] just shows that we've uncovered all the stones to find the best use of the property," Bienski said. "I don't think there's anyone here on the council that's against an affordable municipal course." Bryan officials have spent more than two years discussing what to do with the golf course. Some members of the Bryan Business Council had suggested that the site on Villa Maria might be better used for commercial development, and the business council did not give its blessing to the revitalization plan when it was first proposed last summer. But no consensus had emerged on how and where to build a replacement course. Bienski is a former member of the business council, an economic development group tasked with promoting Bryan projects. A handful of residents addressed the council during Tuesday's meeting, pleading for the renovations at the Municipal Golf Course, which has been on Villa Maria Road for about 79 years. Councilman Ben Hardeman said the golf course is an asset to the community "that can't be measured in dollars." "It's almost an historical feature," he said. Based on the council's vote Tuesday, the city will pay Tripp Davis and Associates $150,000 for architectural and engineering services to develop the plan to renovate the golf course. Necessary improvements include upgrades to the irrigation and drainage systems, and reworking of tee boxes, greens and fairways. "You would pretty much have a completely renovated facility," Bryan project manager John Blackburn said. Plans also call for the construction of a new clubhouse and cart paths. "The golf course can still make money with the increased play we're going to get as a result of a better golf course," said Hugh Seale, president of the Brazos Golf Association. "We have a niche. It's called municipal golf, not country club golf." _________________ Was anyone as disappointed in this decision as I was? I truly feel that Bryan would've benefited infinitely more by selling or leasing the land occupied by "Muni" to the appropriate developer rather than maintaining a delapidated, shrinking (due to road construction) and polluted piece of land. That land, given its location between the two largest and most upscale residential developements in Bryan's history (Traditions & Miramont), Texas A&M and Northgate is wasted given its current use. Its ideally suited for a large, multi-use development with retail, office and residential venues. A new course could've been built for a couple of million more than the cost to renovate the current one in a new part of town that would've opened up new growth and still provided an inexpensive form of recreation for locals and visitors. I really think our city leaders (other than Jason Bienski who voted against this) missed a grand opportunity here. As far as its "historical" value goes, the very first game of golf I ever played was at Muni, I took junior high lessons there and my dad grew up in the neighborhood across Villa Maria and has told many stories of walking and playing there but come on...historical? Unless, the proposed renovations are very grand in scale I think this was a grand mistake! For anyone outside of B-CS who reads this, "Muni", as we call it has been on a down hill slide for years. Thought it is the only public course in Brazos County other than the course on A&M's campus it has declined for years as has its attendance. Bryan is now home to three country clubs and though Muni has its place its current location is defeating its purpose. Its bordered by a railroad track, lower income housing, and a small lake polluted by arsenic leaked by a chemical plant a few blocks away over several decades prior to the mid '90's. It has been said that a new course could be built for a couple of million or less dollars than its going to cost to "renovate" the current muni. I guess its too late but I sure wish others on the city council would look past the next 10 years and further into the future. If developed properly this could've transformed all of central Bryan, directly north of A&M's campus & Northgate.
  2. Company modernizing sites on South College Avenue By CASSIE SMITH Doug Pederson and Jack Threadgill officially are turning a half-mile stretch of South College Avenue into Midtown. That's the surname given to five rental properties in Bryan that the pair are spending millions on renovating, hoping to turn it from what many described as an eyesore to a well-groomed area that will become a catalyst for future development. Twin City Properties Management Inc. plans to have a grand opening and ribbon cutting April 15 for the project. "We're transforming this neighborhood and it's going to be powerful," Pederson said. Pederson, co-owner of the real estate management company along with Threadgill, declined to detail how much they're spending on buying the complexes and then doing the massive upgrades. He did say that they're doing it without funding from the state, federal or U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The company is renaming Bryan Arms, Emerald Park, Monterey Oaks and Echols Street apartment complexes, along with a few houses, which will all be known as different variations of Midtown... "I'm absolutely convinced it's going to be spectacular," he said of the area along College Avenue that's bound by Coulter Drive and McKinney Street to the east and Rebecca Street to the west. Pederson said the company excels at buying older properties and modernizing them architecturally and aesthetically. Most of the complexes for the Midtown project were built in the 1960s and 1970s and will see the addition of central air and heating, new lighting, floors, roofs, plumbing and more. "All these properties together give us control of the neighborhood," he said, adding he wanted his tenants to feel comfortable and pleased with the surrounding area. Pederson bought all the properties along Hardy Street two years ago, which will be known as Hardy at Midtown, and is in the neighboring area. He said he also recently purchased several houses down South College Avenue, which will be known as Midtown Homes. The company, which started 20 years ago with one house and one property, recognizes that the Midtown revitalization is a wager, but Pederson said it's one they are willing to take. "The risk we're taking on here is huge. Everything is vacant," he said. ...The renovation The improvements will include adding washer and dryer connections, redoing the parking lots, fixing up the swimming pool and converting one-bed apartments to two, Pederson said. "We're looking to redo the property pretty much completely from top to bottom. Everything from roofs to flooring to plumbing and lighting fixtures," he said. Model units are scheduled to be available in March and construction should be complete in September, he said. Between Texas A&M and Blinn College, the student population controls a lot of the renting schedule, he said. "If it's not rented by Sept. 1, it will not rent. So we have no choice," he said. "It has to happen and it has to happen fast." The target audience for the units will be students, retirees, the working young and middle age, and single and married individuals, he said, adding it would be a melting pot of people. ...Pederson said he thinks the location for Midtown is perfect. "For me, there's something about being off the beaten path, but not too far," he said. Acting as a catalyst Pederson said city officials helped the company expedite the paperwork process. City Manager David Watkins said Bryan Arms was in awful shape when he first moved to the city. "What Pederson is doing to revitalize the area is exactly what the city is trying to encourage in older parts of the community," he said. "We are just absolutely thrilled like you can't believe at what he's doing," Watkins said. "Any time you go into an area that has a blighted image and someone improves the property, it encourages the adjoining property owners to do the same thing."...
  3. Planned development continues in the east side of Bryan. University Dr will be extended east, once it crosses Boonville Rd, it will be entirely within the City of Bryan city limit. http://www.kbtx.com/content/news/Residential-commercial-Oakmont-neighborhood-coming-to-Bryan-in-2017-389239961.html From City of Bryan website: http://docs.bryantx.gov/planning_development/P&Z/2016/10-20-16/SR-RZ15-03.pdf
  4. I couldn't find an actual topic on SH 249 (Tomball parkway) and its expansion up to ~ Navasota. So here's some background for anyone interested: HCTRA expanded SH249 to Tomball as Phase 1 of a multi-phase extension of SH249. This was completed and opened in 2015. https://hctra.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=527d9322e2244039b0bc3e93fe2c4fc1 The plan is for SH249 to ultimately terminate at SH 105 roughly close to Navasota, hence the nickname the "Aggie Tollway" or "Aggie Highway". This extension seems to be broken up between the Houston TxDOT office and the Bryan TxDOT office. The Houston office is over the section from the current terminus to Todd's Mission. http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/houston/sh249-extension.html The Bryan office is over the section from Todd's Mission to ~ Navasota... well actually SH 105 east of Navasota and west of Plantersville / Stoneham. http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/projects/studies/bryan/sh249.html However, it seems as if there is "significant" local opposition to the last segment of the project from Todd's Mission to SH 105: http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/transportation/article/Texas-249-growth-proceeding-despite-vocal-6234179.php http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2015/05/01/59957/txdot-to-move-ahead-with-249-toll-road-despite-local-opposition-2/ https://communityimpact.com/houston/news/2015/12/11/txdot-holds-public-meeting-on-updated-hwy-249-extension-plan/ Here are two more recent articles as well: https://www.texastribune.org/2016/07/03/grimes-county-residents-turn-out-against-toll-road/ https://www.texastribune.org/2016/07/21/rural-land-owner-preps-sue-state-transportation-de/
  5. A&M center talks tabled by regents http://www.theeagle.com/stories/092206/am_20060922004.php By HOLLY HUFFMAN Eagle Staff Writer Texas A&M University System regents postponed public talks about the future site of the Health Science Center after hearing a presentation from Bryan city leaders urging the board to move the facility north. The regents had planned to discuss naming a 150-acre site near the George Bush Presidential Library as the new home for the system's growing Health Science Center. The site was recommended by Health Science Center President Nancy Dickey. But the item was pulled from the agenda late Thursday, just hours after regents heard a proposal from Bryan Business Council Executive Director Dennis Goehring, who asked the group to consider building the facility in Bryan. Regent Erle Nye described the city's proposal - which includes an undisclosed Bryan site that the city does not yet own - as "very interesting." But he said it was not what prompted the panel to delay the discussion. Nye said the item was withdrawn from the agenda because board members had yet to come to a consensus on one site. He said that the meeting was running late, and the agenda had been worded incorrectly, which means regents could have discussed the item but would have been prohibited from taking action on it. "The city [of Bryan] is very impressive in their approach," Nye said, noting that regents would select a site based on "what is ultimately best for the students, for the university and for the community." The Health Science Center is planning to double its enrollment, which is why the facility is in need of a new home. Nye, chairman of the regents' buildings and physical plant committee, said the system had been searching for a new location for about nine months and had looked at about six sites during that time. "Some made news, some didn't," Nye said of the locations. In May, the regents heard a presentation on three potential sites - the land Dickey is recommending off George Bush Drive, 53 acres off Earl Rudder Freeway South and the 130-acre Bryan Municipal Golf Course. The city of Bryan offered its golf course as a potential site during its first attempt to lure the A&M facility to Bryan. At the time, Dickey expressed concerns about the site, saying it was in an "economically depressed neighborhood." Nye said Thursday "at least two or more" sites were under consideration by the Board of Regents. He declined to name them but acknowledged that one location was in Bryan. Dickey could not be reached late Thursday for comment, but Nye said she appeared interested in the Bryan site. Goehring said he thought the meeting had gone well for the city and was not surprised to learn regents postponed discussion of the George Bush Drive location. "For the first time, they had the opportunity to see what we could really offer to the system in terms of acreage and facilities," Goehring said, declining to give further detail on the proposal. "We wanted to present a plan that really complemented what the Health Science Center wanted to do. We have all the same objectives; the only difference is a few feet. "It is a very good day for the city of Bryan," he said. Nye said he hoped the regents would make a final decision by the end of the year and stressed the importance of a quality decision over a quick decision. He likened the process to purchasing a house. Buyers looking at several lots compare various aspects, such as the quality of surrounding schools, the property tax rate and neighborhood hazards before making a decision, he said. The Board of Regents is going through a similar, albeit much more complicated, process as it tries to determine which location is the best fit for the facility. The outcome will affect the Health Science Center for years to come, he said. "We simply haven't gotten to the point where we're ready to make a decision yet," Nye said. "It's important we get it right."
  6. From WTAW: "The Bryan City Council voted Tuesday night to unanimously approve an expansion plan that will allow for a new mixed-use development on the east side of Highway 6. ...some parts of the project could be breaking ground in late spring. The new Highland Hills project will be between Briarcrest Drive, North Earl Rudder Freeway and Boonville Road. ...Among the interested developments are three restaurants, a large service oriented business and an entertainment option that does not currently exist in the BCS area." and from The Eagle: "Bob Oliva, president and CEO of RMC Texas Real Estate LLC, said the "Highland Hills" project will be worth about $53 million once complete. City Manager David Watkins said he was confident the project would be a boost for the city. He said the city's general fund would not be used to pay down debt if the development wasn't as successful as projected. The company will be responsible for any financing shortfalls, he said. "We're starting to see real demand for that area, and retail, as we all know, provides sales tax revenue that we all need," Watkins said. Oliva said his company was comfortable assuming the risk of the project because of the area's stable economy. ...The company is negotiating with four potential tenants, including restaurants and retail stores. There will be 14 lots available in the development. "I feel very comfortable that at least three of them should be going from letter of intent to purchase agreement very soon," said Oliva, who previously served as vice-president of the company that developed the Bryan Towne Center."
  7. The Campus in 2020: Improve Campus Accessibility Access to campus by pedestrian, bicycle and automobile is a challenge currently. Poorly distributed parking areas make parking on campus a daily challenge. A bus system loops through the communityImprove Accessibility and back to campus, but is not a preferred mode of travel for students despite the inconvenience of finding a parking space. Student proposals included increasing the number of parking garages and locating them closer to the East and West Campus cores and along the light rail loop. Read the rest here: http://www.tamu.edu/vision2020/groundwork/170.php WoW! Light Rail in BCS!
  8. Rumor of a HEB or Wal-Mart or some other center at 2818 and Leonard Rd. Any one here something about this????? I the first time I heard, it was HEB. Now its Wal Mart. Does Bryan need another Wal-Mart? I don't think so. If so, tare down the one on Briarcrest.
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