Blinn College trustees have taken the next step towards moving some administrative offices off the Bryan campus. Blinn’s Bryan President Sylvia McMullen says a $1.4-million construction contract has been awarded for remodeling the Tejas Center at Texas and Villa Maria. The move of student support services to the new location is expected next March, and then on-campus renovations are expected to be completed in time for the start of fall classes next year. Project funding comes from a $10-million bond sale.
A majority of the College Station city council is contemplating the formation of a citizen’s committee to monitor neighborhood issues. Councilman James Benham questioned what this group would do, considering what city staff is doing now and what’s been done during the past 20 years. The idea, from Steve Aldrich, is an attempt at being pro-active in city relationships with fulltime residents and college students. If and when it’s created, the group would include representatives from neighborhoods, homeowners associations, university students and administrators, rental property investors, and realtor and apartment associations. Some on the council wanted to revisit the idea in six months, but the decision was made to bring it back during a retreat in January.
And, mark December 21st on your calendar to see the west side of Kyle Field come tumbling down. The Texas A&M System won’t give a specific time until the week before. The closest the public will get is around Reed Arena, as Blue Bell Park and the west campus parking garage have been reserved for private viewing. If you can’t make it in person, a live web stream is being planned. The implosion will take down the second and third decks and the press box. The first deck will be removed with heavy machinery, as was the first deck on the east side last year.