Businesses Kicked Out For New Developments At Prime CS Location

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Prime property across from Texas A&M is set for a big makeover that will include new restaurants, retail stores and student housing.

The multi-use development will be located on the corner of South College and University Drive.

The new plans mean some businesses are being forced to relocate like BCS Bicycles.

"If we can find a good place, and if we can make it work then it won't be as bad, but right now we do have a lot of room, and it's a bummer because this is a really nice place to set up shop," said Nicholas Kennedy, an employee at BCS Bicycles.

The reason behind the sudden move is new developments. Phase one of the multi-phase project includes a 5-story housing complex called The Stack. It will be built after the Albertson's building is demolished this summer. Traditions, a book store, and BCS Bicycles will also be demolished to make room for development.

"This place, everyone kind of knows where we are. We have a big store front, we have a pretty big sign. Everyone sees it," said Kennedy.

"It's really exciting. The Culpepper family has been developing in the Bryan/College Station area since the 1930s, so to finally redevelop a property we have worked on in the past, and build this nice new student oriented apartment complex is going to be great," said Frank Heifrin with Culpepper Family, LP.

While parting with the prime location is difficult, the bicycle shop says they'll just keep going at another location.

Hurricane Harry's Bar will not be relocating due to the construction.

Construction for Phase 1 is expected to begin this June and is expected to be finished next year. The developers say Phase 2 will include shops and restaurants, but details have not been finalized.