City of Bryan to explore RELLIS campus annexation

BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) – Officials with the city of Bryan received the green light Tuesday to explore the idea of annexing the RELLIS campus and some surrounding areas.

With the council's blessing, the city can now begin the lengthy process of deciding whether or not to annex more than 6,000 acres of land on the city's western border. It's a discussion city officials have been having for about two years.

Potential plans include annexing the RELLIS campus, as well as Texas Triangle Park north of town.

Last year, a consultant determined it may be too costly upfront to annex the area. But city officials say the need to prepare for future growth is a major factor to be considered.

“Half a billion dollars' worth of investment, not to mention the future growth, the private investment, the taxable value and all of those things that are out there. But those things need adequate public safety over time,” said Joey Dunn with the City of Bryan. “There is a fantastic volunteer fire department right now in that area but they are not really equipped for the expansion that is anticipated over the next 20 years and beyond.”

Initially, taxpayers could see a cost of about $400,000. That doesn’t include future costs for infrastructure or other services that would be required as the area is developed.

A final decision on annexation could take six months to be determined.