CS City Council Approves Agreement For Campus Pointe Development

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It's an update on a major development coming to University Drive and College Station's Northgate area.

The College Station City Council unanimously approved an agreement with the Texas A&M System as the university moves forward with a new development called Campus Pointe.

The city council is excited about the development, but there are concerns about traffic congestion.

The College Station City Council is looking forward to the 58 acre Campus Pointe project A&M wants to build in the coming years that will include a hotel, retail space and even apartments.

But if you've driven down University Drive during rush hour and peak times you've seen how congested this area has become and it's expected to get worse as an estimated five thousand people are projected to live in the area later this year with new high-rise developments.

College Station City Manager Frank Simpson tells us a study on ways to improve pedestrian and bicycle traffic in the area is already under way with Campus Pointe now on the horizon.

"Traffic has been you know foremost on the concern of most people throughout the development of Northgate. And what this really does is A&M has agreed to cause Midway, the developer to do traffic impact analysis and have plans reviewed and provided input by the city as well as TxDOT," said Simpson.

"People bring their bikes and they'll walk but that's unavoidable. We'll just see how it goes," said Zachary Gregory, a Texas A&M Student.

Campus Pointe will be anchored by a hotel and conference center with potentially more than 225 to 250 rooms. The name of the development could also change.

So far though final details have not been released.

Construction is expected to start soon but will be built in phases. The final phase of construction would go up no later than November of 2022.