Redevelopment plans for former Silk Stocking continue, but with delays

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - We are getting a better idea of what the former Silk Stocking Gentlemen's Club will look like in the future.

It's expected to be torn down soon, but nearby businesses and residents will have to wait a little longer for that to happen.

The current owner told KBTX it's taking a while to get a new retail development ready. Development and site plans were submitted to the city in February. On Thursday KBTX saw them for the first time.

"Southside Plaza Phase 3" as it's called would have a nearly 10,000 square foot building if approved. The smaller building currently there will be demolished.

In January, KBTX reported the former club building was expected to be torn down around March or the first quarter when we talked to the owner.

Ron Smith bought the property a little more than two years ago. He said Thursday it should be down sooner than later but there's not a fixed date yet. He expects a better timeline in about three weeks.

Smith also said the new retail center will look similar in color to his shopping strip next door. He said some of the delays for development are because of city rules restricting how large the retail center can be.

"I don't think I'd be alone when I'd say we'd be happy to see the Silk Stocking building go down. You know that building when it went up was far removed from the borders of College Station," said College Station Mayor Karl Mooney.

Mooney believes more retail will be a better fit for that area of town.

"I’m looking forward to some very significant and exciting things to happen in the area and I’m glad that our new owner of the building there where Silk Stocking used to be is embracing that same philosophy," he said.

The city told KBTX demolition plans haven't been submitted yet.

"To get the building itself even without the business that it had in there removed I think will be a step in the right direction," said Mooney. "Because that is a gateway to our community and we want it to look nice. We want the area to be appealing and welcoming and I'm sure the new owner will do just that," he explained.

The former club closed in December 2015 when it was seized by the state. The former owners and operators were behind on paying state taxes.