Bryan Development Booming

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Nearly every corner of Bryan is under construction, but both residents and the city say that's a good thing.

"I think I died and went to heaven," says Bryan Resident Lisa Ponder.

For many long-time Bryan residents, the site of bulldozers and dirt are welcome.

"I like the downtown redevelopment. I love that Manor East mall has been revitalized to the Tejas Center," says Ponder.

"They've got everything you want. You can find it here," says Bryan Resident Camille Whatley.

This year, the city promises even more development and growth.

"We believe it's going to be a very exciting year. There's going to be a lot of new things going on both on the east and west sides," says Kevin Russell, City of Bryan Development Director.

And everywhere in between. The Tejas Center will continue to add new businesses to the already successful shopping strip. Across the street a Walgreens will be built and another shopping center.

2818 is booming with new smaller stores and more housing but they all add up to a big change in the area.

"The residents will be able to get what they need close to their house and not have to travel far to get it," says Russell.

The east side will also see more retail and restaurant businesses after the opening of Premiere Cinema by late spring.

And although Russell says you can expect great changes in 2005, he says the best is still to come.

Details of a big project underway are expected next month.

The city says that project may be located on the 158 corridor and greatly benefit residents in that area.

Other development projects:

Texas Avenue/Villa Maria Rd.: Convenience store, Soundwaves and China Garden will be demolished. Walgreen's and adjacent strip shopping center will appear in its place.

Tejas Center: Now Open: HEB, HEB fuel center, Hastings, Gold's Gym, M&M Storage, Bealls, Payless Shoe Source, JoAnn's Fabric, Brazos Community Church, Sally Beauty Supply, Family Dollar, The Theater Company.
By Early 2005: Carter's Burgers (expanded), Subway, Chef Cao's Restaurant, Kolache Rolf's, Hastings (expanded), Great Clips, Bryan Nail Station, liquor store, possibly a Starbuck's.

Downtown: New diner to be located on ground floor of the Charles Hotel. New Steakhouse (Doe's Eat Place) to be located on ground floor of Howell Building. EarthArt to relocate to Main Street, across from the LaSalle Hotel.

FM 2818/Villa Maria Rd.: Dollar General, Granger (a hardware store), Convenience store, McDonald's, Storage Buildings, Condominiums almost completed.

Villa Maria Road Underpass: Scheduled for Completion in 2007.

Brazos County Expo Center: City of Bryan is currently installing infrastructure to the site.

East Side: Miramont Country Club nearing completion and lot sales are ongoing. Texas Regional Eye Center to be built near Park Hudson. First National Bank headquarters near Park Hudson. Premiere Cinema to open by late spring. Restaurants and retail to follow.

Residential Development: Park Village -- 32 residential lots being planned across Park Meadow near Copperfield Drive. Briar Meadows Subdivision -- 44 residential lots located near the end of Broadmoor Drive. Woodbine Court Subdivision #2 -- 41 residential lots near Coulter Drive and Burleson Drive. Angel's Gate -- 101 residential lots on 21 acres near W. 28th Street and Palasota Drive. Earmarked for Habitat for Humanity homes.