Community Eyesore To Turn Into More Than Student Housing

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

Vacant, old, rundown may be words some residents use to describe a building located in a prime area of the twin cities, but we found out some developers are taking the bold step to give the old Plaza Hotel in College Station a big make over.

The hotel is located at a major intersection on University Drive and Texas Avenue.

"I come this way a lot, and it's hard to look at a place like that," said JJ Ruffino who works at Coldwell Banker United which is adjacent to The Plaza Hotel.

What some may call an eyesore will now turn into student housing along with shops and restaurants.

"It's really exciting to hear about what these folks from California are proposing to do with the property," said Ruffino.

The 17-story building has been vacant since last June when the previous owners filed for bankruptcy.

Now developers based out of California, Woodridge Capital Partners, have submitted plans to the city of College Station to turn the building into a mixed-use project.

"This new project is going to bring people to the community. If not just students, then people who come to visit. If they build shops and restaurants, there's more opportunity for those folks," said Ruffino.

We asked for pictures or models of what this place will look like, but the developers said they didn't have those available for us. We also asked about any specifics on the restaurants or the retail stores that will be here, but they said it was way to early to tell. Regardless people around here are extremely excited about the new renovations.

"Just all around good for our community to have a project like that," said Ruffino.

The company constructing the building, Capstone Collegiate Communities, has built mostly cottages at college sites including Cottage of Lubbock at Texas Tech University and Cottages of Hattiesburg at University of Southern Mississippi.

Although it's still unclear how the facility will look, the developers did say that the design will be complementary to the Texas A&M campus.

Construction for the project is expected to begin this summer.

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