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  1. Former Bryan Air Force Base to be transformed into multimillion-dollar research hub and education center over next few years (May 2, 2016) Other links: Multi-million dollar research facility to anchor Riverside Campus hub Full steam ahead for RELLIS RELLIS Campus is an exciting project for Texas A&M, this community Texas A&M System breaks ground for first RELLIS facility RELLIS Campus showing signs of its commitment to the future
  2. Ran across this. Those running through this dusty corner of the board probably know it, but in case you don't, Spence Park is directly across the street from the East side of Kyle field. It hosts lots of organized tailgate parties on game weekends, but generally suffers from neglect most of the rest of the time. It's kind of blighty looking when it's not covered with tents. The plan in the link below is ambitious to say the least. It would be the A&M campus' equivalent of Discovery Green, taking a half-assed strip of grass next to a big venue and turning it in to a centerpiece. Not sure if anyone has actually identified how to pay for it at this point, but Scotch might if he stops by... http://cbe.tamu.edu/Data/Sites/1/allouruploads/presidentialactions/2017actions/071917aggiepark.pdf
  3. 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.
  4. Was visiting my niece in College Station today, she is a junior and asked if I would come up to visit her. She wanted to show off the campus. Unfortunately we picked the hottest day of the year to be walking around. Not may trees on this campus unlike Rice University. Lots of new construction in and around the campus. I haven't been to College Station since '86. Came across them installing a tower crane for a new parking garage and saw the base of a second crane. She and her Architectural Engineering in Urban Planning boyfriend wanted to show off the new Zachry Engineering building.
  5. Texas A&M has been awarded a very large governmental grant to create one of three national bio defense centers. Good news for Texas and Texas A&M http://onehealthplusbiocorridor.com/
  6. 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
  7. 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/
  8. Not positive what this is. It's near 200 Cherry Street where student housing is supposed to be going up but the garage looks much larger than the one in the renderings I can find.
  9. Pdf: http://midwaycompanies.com/img/leasing/leasing-packages/140508_Century_Square_Retail_reduced.pdf
  10. Apparently one of the options coming out of the Populous Group design study. I don't have any more information...
  11. I've been up here twice in the past week and I've noticed that most drivers here don't seem to know how a left turn yield on green ball signal intersection works. When you get the green ball and you're going to be turning left, you're supposed to pull a bit into the intersection and then turn left when you get the protected arrow phase or the traffic clears. I've seen drivers stay behind the white line and miss opportunities to make a left turn, staying behind the crosswalk and backing up the left turn lane during multiple signal phases. What's the deal with this BCS left turn method?
  12. This construction was on west campus. It looks to be student apartments.
  13. Who will you be voting for and why? I ask because I feel like very little information on the candidates is available online and I don't follow council closely enough to decide. That said, I already know I will vote Blanche Brick over Gabriel Periera. I don't think his opinion that the town relies on student tax dollars but doesn't provide them services they use is going to result in anything good. The future of College Station is not just in undergrad education, but in A&M creating a cluster of companies and professionals who want a good place to live. You also have fellow students who might have families(like the girl I work with who has kids and is getting her masters) and those families use parks and want safe neighborhoods. He is also a college republican; council is supposed to be non-partisan not just officially but also in spirit. Don't want that cancer in city hall. Finally, whose tax dollars exactly? You mean parents' money? lol. NEXT. Then there is the other challenger race, between Schultz and Harvell. The incumbent has a nice resume, the challenger seems like an unknown but has experience with the CVB. The official Zaphod endorsement will have to go to Schultz because her work with the Biomedical corridor exemplifies the direction I want this city to go. But good on Harvell for actually participating in local politics, we can't have unchallenged seats every single election.
  14. I was watching tonight's KBTX 6 PM news and they reported that the closed Albertson's shopping center at south College and University Drive will be mostly demolished for an infill type student apartment building. I can't find any online articles about it yet, but I will post as soon as KBTX puts this evening's stories online and I can find any site plans or announcements from the developer. Apparently It will be called the "The Stack", appears to be 4 or 5 stories, will have ground floor retail and 2 levels of underground parking, and have about 400? units. Apparently it won't actually cover the whole center, but rather end at Hurricane Harry's which will remain.
  15. BRYAN COLLEGE STATION - ATLAS is the first and only master planned community in Texas designed for companies engaged in the manufacturing of biologics and pharmaceuticals. An extension of the famed Traditions Club and Community, Atlas is located adjacent to the Texas A&M Health Science Center campus and less than two miles from the main campus of Texas A&M University, ATLAS offers a prime location for a planned community with an amenity-rich lifestyle, employment opportunities and unparalleled access to world-class researchers and students. ATLAS provides the ideal collaborative atmosphere companies need to attract and retain this world-class talent. http://www.kbtx.com/home/headlines/New-MPC-Announced-at-Heart-of-Texas-Booming-Biocorridor-in-BryanCollege-Station-256597641.html Details Announced of ATLAS Biocorridor DevelopmentThe first and only master planned community in Texas designed for biotech and pharmaceutical companies will be located on the west side of Bryan and College Station. The group that owns The Traditions Club has announced development plans for 1,000 acres to the south of the golf course and the Texas A&M Health Science Center. http://wtaw.com/2014/04/25/details-announced-of-atlas-biocorridor-development/
  16. http://www.theeagle.com/business/New-hospital-in-the-works
  17. I don't know if this has been posted before, but now that this building's first 8 stories have been constructed and is visiable in many parts of the city I thought it might be worthy of this site. "First American Bank has broken ground on a new corporate headquarters to be located in College Station, Texas. The 290,000 square foot, ten-story building will be the corporate home for First American
  18. I know this is an architectural site, and I am all for by passing some of these small town speed traps, but couldn't we save these trees? http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/begley/article/Trees-have-stood-for-centuries-but-now-are-in-5285205.php
  19. I've finally gotten around to posting my incomplete supermarket list here (inspired by the theaters) COLLEGE STATION OPEN: Albertsons (University) Opened late 1980s or early 1990s as Randalls, became Albertsons 1997 H-E-B (Holleman) Opened 2002 Kroger Signature Store (Rock Prairie) Opened 2000 or 2001 Kroger (Southwest Parkway and Texas) Opened late 1970s or early 1980s CLOSED: Albertson's (College Avenue and University) Started as Skaggs-Albertson's in 1971, then Skaggs-Alpha Beta in the late 1970s or early 1980s, then Jewel-Osco 1991-1992, then Albertsons again until '97 Albertsons (Texas Avenue, Harvey Mitchell, and Longmire) Opened anywhere from 1982-1990, closed 2008 AppleTree (Texas Avenue and Harvey) Opened possibly as early as the 1970s as Safeway, became AppleTree in late 1980s or early 1990s (1988?). Closed 2005-2006. Piggly Wiggly (Texas Avenue, Harvey Mitchell, and Valley View) Closed in the early 1990s. Possibly former Kmart Foods. Winn-Dixie (Southwest Parkway and Texas) Opened in the 1980s, closed around 1997. Now Lack's furniture BRYAN Sadly, I don't have all the info for Bryan. There was Townshire's short-lived Albertsons, the Tejas Center H-E-B, the "other" H-E-B up north, Village Foods, and Winn-Dixie (now gone). I'll update/add them in a later list. Please write in for corrections!
  20. If you’ve driven down Texas Avenue past University Drive then you are familiar with the Plaza Hotel. And if you’ve driven by in the past few months, you’ve likely noticed the vacancy and apparent emptiness of the buildings as the sky shines through from the opposite side. This is because the building is being set up for an implosion. But to understand how this pivotal structure has been led to this point, it’s important to understand the past. Joe Ferreri built the structure we know today as the Plaza Hotel to be a Ramada Inn under the urgings of Earl Rudder. Twenty years later, in 1980, he added the seventeen story high rise that we can see empty and vacant today. Due to the economy he had to sell and since then the hotel has traded owners until finally becoming bankrupt as the Plaza Hotel. Demolition has been encouraged since the site has become a favorite for criminals and vagrants. Though the future of the location is unclear, there is an undeniable air of hope and excitement for something significantly more aesthetic than the ‘eye-sore’ tower of the Plaza Hotel. For more information about the Plaza Hotel Implosion..... http://susanhilton.com/2012/05/19/demolition-and-renewal-a-history-of-the-plaza-hotel-in-college-station/
  21. 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."
  22. Historic Military Walk Being Restored Texas A&M University press release August 4, 2009 Military Walk, the history-laden passageway in the heart of the Texas A&M University campus, will soon be brought back to life – and on an even grander scale than when thousands of Aggie cadets trod on it daily decades ago. Located in the central area of campus, Military Walk links the Sbisa Dining Hall area and the northside residence halls to the Rudder/Memorial Student Center Complex on its south end. Along the way, it passes along several historical campus landmarks, such as the Academic Building , Fish Pond and the YMCA Building . Work is scheduled to begin on the $4 million restoration project later this month. When completed, it is expected to become a major focal point for Aggies – cadets and others – as well as for faculty, staff and visitors. Military Walk evolved from its original use into a street, which was closed in 1971 and redesigned as a walkway. Current plans call for the walk to be redeveloped to appear similar to the way it looked before 1971 and to once again become the site of academic processions, such as those held during Academic Convocation, and military marches by the Corps of Cadets. The project is expected to be completed next spring.
  23. Its been a while since it started, but the old 6-story College Station Inn by George Bush in the Kohl's shopping center is being redone. Anyone know what the final plans for it are? For a while I thought it was being torn down, then they started painting it and building a new masonry stairwell on the end of it. A new hotel I assume, but what?
  24. I lifted this from myBCS forums btw pdf file of plan So Walmart appears to be moving ahead on its plans to super-ize the existing small store. I can't tell what becomes of the vacant alberstons in the plans, but it must be either getting torn down or redone because the new food part of the supersized walmart is going on top of the eastern half of it. I think its awesome the company decided to "recycle" its building and take out a ugly vacant structure in the process(Albertsons).
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