It was something many people thought was a done deal, but a rezoning request for Rockies Night Club failed to get Bryan city council approval at Tuesday night's meeitng.
The request was for a 9.5 acre patch of land off Highway 30 just inside the Bryan city limits. It's currently classified as Agricultural-Open District, and the rezoning would have changed it to Commercial District. The land would have been the new home for Rockies, but the request to rezone failed to get a second motion from council.
Rockies was asked to leave from its old location at the Post Oak Mall off Highway 6 to make room for a Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill. The grill is expected to open sometime in the Fall of 2014.
Jenny Benavides works at a sign company next door to the land Rockies would have called home. She said she's never liked the idea of the club setting up shop there.
"All along this road is professional businesses, and it just brings a different kind of crowd that we weren't excited about having," said Benavides.
City officials said the club is now looking at a new site just off Texas near Downtown Bryan. The now vacant building is connected to C&J Barbeque.
Co-Owner of C&J's, Jo Manning said she likes Rockies, but she's not sure it's the right move for the club. During the 11 years she's been at this location Manning said she's seen three bars come and go from that location.
"I've watched these three bars. Big ideas," said Manning. "They come in here and spend gobs of money, and they're gone."
Manning said she's also concerned about the potential parking problems and loud noise, but said since her restaurant closes around 9 p.m., there shouldn't be much of an issue.
Manning said in the past, other bar patrons would leave trash in the parking lot. She hopes better things with Rockies.
"Not everyone is so excited about a bar coming next door," said Manning. "But if they follow the rules, then everyone will be happy."
City officials said the building needs to be inspected to make sure it's up to code, but if all goes well, Rockies could move in within a month or two.
At a public hearing before Tuesday night's reading, some Bryan residents spoke out against the rezoning request. Some of their issues included drunk drivers leaving the club, driving along Highway 30, a possible decrease in property values and added police patrols in the area. Officials with Bryan said no one spoke in favor of the rezoning request. Councilwoman Ann Horton said the speakers had an impact on her decision not to second the motion.
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