Former Bryan Armory to be demolished, BTU to build new offices there

BTU will relocate from Downtown in the coming years.
Published: Jan. 14, 2021 at 5:29 PM CST
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Big news was announced from Bryan Texas Utilities Thursday. The power company plans on knocking down the old Bryan Armory on West Carson Street and building their new offices there.

The armory, which has been vacant for more than 10 years, is expected to be demolished in March 2021.

Savannah Shorts is getting a new neighbor because of the change.

” I think it’d be great for the neighborhood, bring you know something different out here,” she said.

She’s lived across from the old Armory for about a year and is excited to have a better view. The Armory has seen some decay in the 10 years it’s been empty.

”It’d be nice to see something prettier and you know more eye catching,” said Shorts.

”It’s really I think indicative of the growth of the city itself,” said David Werley, BTU Executive Director of Business Operations. “The City of Bryan is needing some more space for some of their staff and so it makes more sense for them to move across the parking lot with their staff and so this is something that gives us an opportunity to maybe build a building that’s a little more conducive to our customer service needs.”

He expects their new office to be a two story building. The city also recently purchased a lot across the street that could be used as an overflow parking lot if needed

”It’s estimated at about a $20 million project and of course that’ll be a bond funded project. It will not affect customer rates at all,” he said.

BTU plans to have design plans by fall. Their goal is to move into the property by the end of 2023 or early 2024.

We have our story on the December land purchase here.

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