North Downtown Bryan Businesses Hope For Boom With Ice House Redevelopment

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BRYAN - A microbrewery, retail and office space are in the works for a landmark in Downtown Bryan.

News 3 has the big plans for the 102-year-old historic Ice House and why businesses on the north side hope to boom.

Billie Martinez, one of the newest business owners in Downtown Bryan, likes the growth she sees.

"We opened up June 23rd just last month and it's been good, we've been busy. It's nice," said Martinez.

The owner of Hair Solutions Salon is counting on more customers after the city approved renovation plans for the old Ice House just down the street.

The aging building which dates back to 1912 will be turned into a microbrewery, with retail and research space.

"We're wanting to capitalize on that whole eat, shop, stay, play that downtown already has going on," said Cassidy Barton, she works for the economic development group AdventGX that wants to renovate the Ice House.

As they begin a 90 day negotiation period they'll look at surveys and property information and the city will also request a performance agreement that includes the company investing at least $2.5 million.

"What we anticipate some of our you know expenses being right off the bat are things like air conditioning, sprinkler systems, and ADA Compliance. Those tend to be bigger ticket items even in a structure that's very sound," said Barton.

While the hair salon is just the latest business to open up on North Main Street there are still some underutilized spaces including here at the Lemon Wedge. The restaurant shut down several months ago.

"I would love more people, more business you know just busier for sure and I'm really hoping we do get the Ice House going," said Billie Martinez.

City staff say Bryan would eventually convey the property if it works as planned.

Developers hope to have the new Ice House open for business within the next year or two.