Bryan City Council Approves Plan To Bring Walmart, Development To Westside

After decades of hardly any retail development a new Walmart Supercenter on Bryan's westside was up for discussion at Tuesday's city council meeting starting at 6 P.M.

The City Council approved an incentives plan and rezoning for the area in question at their meeting Tuesday night.

News 3 looked into how neighborhoods are reacting and what incentives the city wants to use to bring development there.

Paul and Stephanie Fitzsimon have called west Bryan home for three years now and want more convenient shopping.

"There's not much developed in this area. We only have a couple restaurants and to go to Wal-Mart, we have to go at least 10 minutes away to College Station or Bryan and I like the convenience of it being so close and not having to go far to the store," said Stephanie Fitzsimon.

The City of Bryan is in talks with a developer to bring not only a Walmart but 51 acres of new restaurants and retail where the vacant Hall of Fame Dance Hall is at F-M 2818 near Villa Maria Road.

"It would be nice to have a Walmart this close. It would be a whole lot better than driving all they way down Texas for groceries," said Jake Walker, another resident.

Mellissa Roy lives off Sandalwood Lane and worries about excessive traffic near an elementary school.

"More so with the kids that walk back and forth to school," said Roy.

Bryan Mayor Jason Bienski tells us the city would offer a sales taxes break of up to $5 million over a 15 year period to spur the development.

The Walmart on Briarcrest Drive is one of the city's biggest taxpayers.

"We're not receiving any sales tax on that land right now the real estate tax won't be abated, so that will be money that the city will see immediately," said Bienski.

"We're very excited about the idea of it coming in," said Paul Fitzsimon.

An idea the city hopes will see new businesses opening up just a year from now.

The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved rezoning the land to planned development for business Tuesday morning.

Under the proposal the city would also pay for installing traffic signals at Villa Maria Road and Jaguar Drive to make the intersection safer with the increased traffic.

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