Joint Bryan/Brazos Co. Industrial Park Moves Forward

By: Mike George Email
By: Mike George Email

An investment in the future is how Bryan city leaders see the development of a new Industrial Park. Bryan and Brazos County have gone in on this project together.

The site will be developed on a 190 acres of land north of FM 2818 on Highway 6. The project will initially cost about $2-million dollars and will be paid out over the next ten years. Bryan City Manager David Watkins say this is a must if they are to truly plan ahead. "I think if Brazos County and Bryan are wanting to stay in the industrial recruitment business, we have to do this. Otherwise, the property will end up being bought and used for some other purpose and we will miss an opportunity to attract jobs to the area. We are obviously proud to be part of Texas A&M and Blinn College , but we also need to diversify our economic base and this is one way of achieving that."

Watkins also says, He is working on securing federal and state money to improve this Industrial Park even more. "We're working very close with Congressman Edwards and the Economic Development Administration, EDA, which has a regional office in Austin. We are trying to secure some economic stimulus money to help pay for that rail spur and part of our water and waste water extension. So, if we didn't get that funding, the development time would be a little bit further out that we want. If we get the funding, we are ready to go."

Originally the joint project would have included College Station, but city officials pulled out citing the uncertain future economics of it. Bryan City leaders say that will have no bearing on their plans.

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