Bryan to review consultant proposals for Midtown Area Plan

Published: Jun. 15, 2018 at 5:44 PM CDT
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The City of Bryan is moving forward for a master plan for what they call the Midtown Area.

Companies who want to take part in what the area might look like for the next 30 years were asked to send in proposals to the city.

The Midtown area stretches around two square miles from Downtown to Northgate.

With the help of residents and consultants, the city is looking to the area's future.

"Well it's a very quiet neighborhood, so definitely, it'd be nice to keep this nice and quiet," said Angela Caronia.

Angela's family home has been near the old Municipal Golf Course since the 1970s. A common theme we heard from her and others are more restaurants.

"As far as development, it would be really nice to see on College Avenue family-type entertainment, like mid-level restaurants, that type of thing. Maybe some retail, shopping centers, but keeping it family oriented and fairly quiet," she said.

“I look forward to seeing it grow, because I live in College Station and I can see the difference," said Dora Benitez. She recently started working in the midtown area at Freeway Insurance.

"I’ve been here for four years and the difference is huge. There's, like, newer apartments and they look more modern than the other ones, and everybody wants to move there, so I look forward to seeing Bryan grow," she said.

"This is a great opportunity to master plan how land uses should be arranged, what the issues are, what the neighborhoods are- they need to be persevered-, opportunities for in-fill development, [and] redevelopment," said Martin Zimmermann, Bryan Planning Manager.

There have been growing pains and contoversies as student housing has popped up nearby.

"There hasn't really been a problem with the students, just in general it's the parking, the parking is really difficult," said Caronia.

"Well, I'm really excited that they want to do some development of College Avenue and this what they're calling midtown," she added.

The city will be reviewing the proposals submitted. They expect to have more details on Monday after they are able to look at them. The deadline to submit was 2 p.m. on Friday.

The city hopes to have a plan in place by next summer.