The Tradition Continues: No Deal Yet

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The third time was not the charm in a Bryan development deal that won't finalize. Developer Melrose Company wants to allow some permanent residencies at the Traditions site.

But the Bryan's Council says no deal. They'd planned for a hotel-convention center, with hotel-motel taxes for the city. A compromise was on the table today, but another roadblock was hit Tuesday.

Within seconds of Bryan's Commerce and Development meeting beginning Tuesday, it ended, and with no deal on the Traditions debate.

Housing Administrator David Storrie had proposed that nearly 11 of the 28 acres being developed by Melrose be earmarked for non-permanent residences, meaning hotel-motel tax dollars would be guaranteed. But Tuesday morning, some members of the council again called for a delay in the process.

"Getting new councilmembers familiar with what the agreements are and getting them comfortable with it, that's part of our job," Storrie said.

One of the councilmembers asking for more time was Jason Bienski. In addition to having a few questions about the proposed clubhouse in Traditions, he says the language in the proposed agreement leaves too much wiggle room between what the city wants done and what the developers could do with the land, a difference that could be worth millions.

"I'd like to see a letter of commitment from those leaders that are involved in this hotel project, and that would definitely help with the concerns," Bienski said.

What has become an issue hotly-debated will remain on the stove for a few more weeks.