Local News Headlines–4/24/2013

The Bryan city council upheld two rulings by the planning and zoning commission during last night’s meeting. Both involved new housing designed for college students.  Approved was rezoning property near Northgate on Jefferson between College Main and Aspen, to build 12 units containing 30 bedrooms. The council then denied the appeal of developers wanting a conditional use permit to build 19 townhomes containing 72 bedrooms.   The council majority sided with a few homeowners along Watson Lane opposed to adding to congestion by an adjacent trailer park.

The Bryan City Council and Brazos County Commission are still working on a large economic development agreement with an international company.  Yesterday’s council and commission agendas both included incentives to bring a $120-million manufacturing plant to the Texas Triangle Park north of Bryan.  Due to ongoing negotiations, both governing bodies delayed action.  The county is looking at the issue again today, while the council has called a special meeting for Friday afternoon.  Last week, the Bryan school board voted to enter negotiations.  The only public information given so far is that Kuadrum Pipe and Tube wants the city to not annex the land for ten years.  In return Kuadrum will hire at least 285 people and generate a minimum payroll of more than $10-million. They will also make a payment to the city starting in year four, an amount that’s half of what would have been collected in property taxes.

And, Bryan Police are looking at one person being responsible for three break-ins at two restaurants in the Austin’s Colony Shopping Center. Detective Bobby Williams says surveillance video inside T. Jin’s China Diner showed the suspect.  48-year-old James Williamson III, who lives about two blocks from the restaurant, was stopped for driving with a suspended license.  He was arrested for last Friday’s burglary, which included breaking the front glass doors and taking money.  The arrest report accuses him of a second burglary at T-Jin’s and shattering the doors at the nearby Double Dave’s, but he was not arrested in those incidents.  He remains in jail in lieu of bond.