Next Tuesday, Blinn College trustees will consider stopping construction of their new campus in west Bryan. That’s after college officials announced yesterday an offer to locate on Texas A&M’s Riverside campus, which will undergo a $150-million renovation to become a research and development center. Blinn’s general contractor on the more than $46-million first phase has been clearing land since January on the 95 acre parcel that was purchased more than a year ago. Instead of a four story academic building, a student resource center, and almost 900 parking spaces Blinn has been asked to consider leasing ground from the A&M system and construct one building on what has been renamed the RELLIS campus. Blinn officials said there would be no further comment until after the trustees meeting which will be next Tuesday morning at 10 in Brenham. Blinn’s announcement did not include information on the current investment in the west Bryan campus, how much the college would have to pay to end its contracts, or what becomes of the bonds issued by the college to pay for the project.
The College Station Fire Chief is retiring after 35 years with the city’s fire department. Chief Eric Hurt started as a firefighter in 1981 and became chief in December 2013. He currently oversees a budget of $16.7-million and a staff of more than 150. City Manager Kelly Templin says they will immediately begin the search for Hurt’s successor.
There is another phone scam in the twin cities involving B-T-U customers. Once again someone is calling and demanding payment or their electricity will be cut off. B-T-U’s normal procedures do NOT include a phone call to residential customers. And, for commercial customers, B-T-U calls are made during normal business hours and not after 5 pm or on weekends. Anyone who suspects they are being scammed should call police or the sheriff’s office.
The Bryan city council has given the green light to a pair of major street projects. More than $5.5-million will go into rebuilding and improving West 26th Street, from Parker to Brazos along with eight side streets between 27th and William Joel Bryan Parkway. Councilman Ben Hardeman says it’s something that’s been discussed for 13 years. Hardeman also expressed pleasure in seeing the oak trees along those streets being saved. $2.6-million will be spent on a pair of intersections around C-H-I St Joseph Health’s new emergency room and trauma center. Improvements will be made along 29th from Villa Maria to Memorial. Both projects were over budget by a combined $486,000.