Local News Headlines–5/20/2013

The Bryan Planning and Zoning Commission isn’t ready to decide whether to allow a tattoo business in the downtown area. But that’s not stopping the building owners from continuing their renovation.  Cliff Collard of Arsenal Tattoo says the makeover of the former Texaco station at 26th and Sims should be completed in 45 days, or the end of June.  But it won’t be until mid-July until a newly created P and Z subcommittee reveals its findings about possible changes to all downtown land uses.  And, downtown business owner Rene Lawrence, who supports Arsenal’s move, asked the P and Z to ban payday loan offices.  Collard and his wife are also opening an art studio in the same building. The latest delay follows the P and Z rejecting the Collard’s request in January and the city council sending the Collard’s appeal back to P and Z last month.

Two months ago cameras and traffic counters were located along the freeway service roads.  Some of the data about the number of vehicles getting on and off Highway 6 has been compiled by the B-CS metropolitan planning organization.  Freeway traffic at the Boonville Road, University Drive, and W-D Fitch exits are the busiest, according to data from the B-C-S metropolitan planning organization.  M-P-O director Brad McCaleb says business owners and those who live along the freeway are being notified by mail of a stakeholders meeting May 30th.  Public meetings will be held in late June or early July once all the data analysis is complete.

And, Bryan school board members consider final action tonight on expanding the field house at Rudder High School.  Superintendent Tommy Wallis says the $2.5-million project would be paid from bond money designated for athletic facilities at Rudder.  Later this year the board will consider adding practice baseball and softball fields and increasing outdoor seating capacity.