Bryan working on master plan for area between Northgate and Downtown

Published: May. 18, 2018 at 4:58 PM CDT
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The City of Bryan is looking for new ideas for a large section of town.

As the new super park develops at the old municipal golf course, they are now asking for consultants to look at ways to plan what they call the "Midtown Area."

Friday, the city opened up the process to receive requests for proposals. Bryan city leaders are working on a new "go to" destination. The Midtown Area goes from just south of Downtown to Northgate.

"We want to create a place, a destination for people to live, work and play and we want to do it in the best way we can," said Bryan Planning Manager Martin Zimmermann. The area has already seen change. More student housing and neighborhood integrity concerns have cropped up over the last few years.

Adam Oliver was enjoying the afternoon at Williamson Park with his son. He said he wants more outdoor options.

"More pools, more recreational areas and higher wages," Oliver said.

“It’s always good, more restaurants and stuff, pools definitely. Definitely need more pools and they need to stay open year round, it’s Texas. It’s hot. I hate that they open Memorial Day and then they close when school starts," he said.

Some of the changes Oliver can already see.

"It's definitely grown a lot," he said.

Right now, there's not any specific plans for Midtown other than the super park. The city doesn't have a budget yet for hiring consultants.

"With master plans of this kind, you kind of get what you pay for. It's sort of a balance, but we kind of want to see what the market has to offer," said Zimmermann.

"You know, you have Texas A&M. You have Century Square just about a mile and a half to the south. You have downtown two or three miles to the north, so there's a lot going on there," he said.

Requests for proposals are due next month. The city will engage the public in the process. They hope to have a plan complete by next summer.

Separately, the city has hired a consultant to work on the design and plan for the super park.