Downtown Bryan sees first new construction in decades

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BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - The fencing is up and construction equipment is ready on North Main Street in Downtown Bryan.

Legal Monkeys is expanding.

“We collect medical records on behalf of personal injury law firms throughout the country. Everywhere from California to New York, and everywhere in between. We’re able to do it effectively and efficiently. It allows clients of law firms who have been injured in an accident to move on with their lives much quicker," said
Merten Rice, who is the Director of Operations.

He says the company decided to stay in Downtown Bryan because of Fibertown and because of the direction downtown is going.

"We had a lot of options as to where we wanted to expand. We chose Downtown Bryan because we really believed in the city's investment of downtown and many businesses are coming down here. We really like the vibe and the ability, during lunchtime, to you know, walk out the building go down the street. There's a lot of different places to meet and eat," said Rice.

Construction should be finished by August or September. The company says the new space will allow them the ability to double their workforce. They currently have about 80 employees.

Sandy Farris with the Downtown Bryan Association says people are seeing new potential downtown.

"There's a great deal of interest on the empty spaces, of course, on the north end. I think it's just been interesting in the last three and a half years of my time with the DBA to see how word about Downtown Bryan is spreading, even across the state," said Farris, who serves as Executive Director.

"It's exciting to be the first new construction in Downtown Bryan since the 60s. I believe, and we really hope, that it's just the beginning of new growth and continued investment in Downtown Bryan," added Rice.

Legal Monkeys is located near the Daniel Stark Law Firm Building.

The Downtown Bryan Association tells us two Texas cities will be studying how Bryan did their revitalization efforts downtown.

The City of Bryan also gave us history of other construction downtown.

Prior to this, all new construction on Main Street was the Woolworth Building at 110 North Main.

Mayor Jack Conlee cut the ribbon to open that new store on October 17th, 1966. That new building cost $1,000,000.

In 2000, a new building that houses a flooring showroom was built at Bryan Avenue and William Joel Bryan Parkway.

Legal Monkeys' new office building was previously the old City National Bank Building, which opened around 1954, according to the city.