More housing under construction in Downtown Bryan

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - New buildings with apartments and business space keep popping up in downtown Bryan.

More people are being drawn to the area for places to live, work, and play.

"The infrastructure work that was done over ten years ago now to improve all of the streets in Downtown Bryan, that type of stuff laid the ground work for any redevelopment that Downtown Bryan has seen," said Ryan Terry, Principal with R + T Studio.

Terry showed KBTX some of the new space downtown. He's built new apartments at a mixed use site, but much more is in store for West 22nd Street. Their project is called 500 Bryan North.

"We have a plan to phase in a development of mostly apartments, mostly multi-family stuff, but they'll also eventually be about 48 apartments and about 12,000 square foot of commercial space," said Terry. "So, when it's all filled up we anticipate that this will sort of become the neighborhood center for the north part of downtown," he said.

Just down the street, finishing touches are going up on B/CS Modern. It will have residential units and artists lofts.

"It seems like every few months something new is opening," said Downtown Bryan Association Executive Director Sandy Farris. She said more people are being drawn downtown.

"Between the ones that are being built, just built and the ones that are know are coming, we're looking at probably well over 150 maybe close to 200 residential units down here," said Farris.

"I think downtown is showing that it is the place of growth as the area gets larger and larger. It's really primed for that sort of development," said Terry.

New development on 22nd Street is expected to start later this year. There are also discussions about bringing a neighborhood grocery store in the future.

In March, the Downtown Bryan Association will show area realtors around downtown to showcase the area.