Blinn College Trustees Looking At Buying Land For New Brazos County Campus Monday Night

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BRYAN - The Blinn College Board of Trustees could decide Monday night where to develop a second Brazos County campus as they continue to see record growth at the Bryan campus.

And one of the options is the Lynntech building on Highway 6 in College Station, but that idea is meeting resistance from some people who live in that area.

College Station Mayor Nancy Berry is supportive of the expansion.

Blinn College Trustees could vote on this piece of property Monday night; the Lynntech Incorporated building, home of a science and engineering company, along Highway 6.

The college is looking to add more space with the Bryan campus several thousand over capacity.

College Station Mayor Nancy Berry tells us the city council will accommodate if they choose to locate here.

"We believe Blinn is a great community partner and wherever they choose to locate we would be willing to support them," said Mayor Berry.

While some people who live in the subdivisions closest to Lynntech have said they don't want Blinn in their backyard, Mayor Berry says the city would work to keep traffic out of neighborhoods. Blinn officials have also told us they've completed a traffic impact study and could take an even closer look this fall.

"We want to continue to have limited access so to eliminate or at least decrease the cut through traffic," Berry said.

Another option which also has its opponents, is starting from scratch with 50 acres of land local developer Sam Harrison has offered to Blinn along Old Reliance Road across from Rudder High School in Bryan.

Richard Bray Associate Director of Marketing and Communications for Blinn in Bryan says the board has listened to feedback from concerned citizens

"I know that the board really values the input that it's received from the community from individuals who have come to our board meetings and they are going to take all of that into consideration in the decision making process," Bray said.

If the board chooses to purchase the Lynntech property, the college could close on it by July 30th.

Blinn hopes to open the new campus as early as the spring or fall of next year, and start out with about a thousand students.

If they decide to move forward with the Lynntech property it says it will continue with traffic studies, especially during the fall when there are more students in town.

The board meeting in Brenham starts at 6:30 P.M. Monday.