Major projects bringing new apartments, retail to Northgate

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COLLEGE STATION - The look of Northgate is continuing to change with hundreds of new apartment units in the works, including more high-rises.

The building boom shows no signs of slowing.

College Station seems to have something new everywhere you look.

The Northgate Entertainment District is getting denser. The city says the latest three major projects will bring 2,300 housing units.

"It's not slowing down anytime soon," said Natalie Ruiz the Economic Development Director for College Station.

She says the city is seeing its vision come to fruition with Northgate being a walkable and bikeable place where students don't need a car.

"The owner of Chimmy's Restaurant there on University Drive has purchased the La Bodega property and recently demolished it. They have plans for a new restaurant and some retail that will come in with that as well," said Ruiz.

City officials tell us high-density housing is in high demand. Sterling off Boyett Street and The Standard at College Station are two projects Mitchell & Morgan Engineering are working on.

"The Standard in College Station is going to have 302 units, about 868 bedrooms, and it's planning on opening in the Fall of 2018. The Sterling Northgate Apartments... All total it has 232 units and 749 bedrooms and it will be opening in the Fall of 2017," explained Kerry Pillow, a Mitchell & Morgan Assistant Project Manager.

Dustin Batson is the Co-owner of West End Elixir Company which opened last August.

"When I moved here in 2011 it was a lot less developed than what it is now. It's definitely turning into a bigger city feel, more of like a downtown kind of vibe," he said.

The city tells us plans were just submitted for 711 University; a 16 story, nearly 800 bed housing tower, that will be built next to The Rise.

The city says the three major projects getting under way total nearly $190 million dollars worth of construction.