Property owners in one of College Station’s oldest neighborhoods are asking the city council to approve a ban on building large homes meant for college student rentals. The planning and zoning commission supports the restriction sought by residents in the McCulloch subdivision, which is south of the Lincoln Recreation Center. There are 139 single family homes in the area bordered by Holleman, Welsh, Oney Hervey, and Nevada. All but ten of the homes are one-story, and eight of the ten are two stories that have recently been built. More than half of the property owners want new construction to be limited to one-story, single family homes. For the second consecutive meeting, the College Station city council is considering a proposed retirement community along Highway 6 next to Christ United Methodist Church. The owner of the Crestview campus in Bryan, Methodist Retirement Communities, has the endorsement of the planning and zoning commission. A zoning change is required to turn 12 acres into a $75-million campus of 80 independent living, 30 assisted living, and 25 memory support units. M-R-C president Ron Jennette addressed concerns that having one parking space per bedroom will be enough. Jennette says College Station would be M-R-C’s 11th location. A third proposed zoning change before the council that has the p and z’s blessing would bring Embassy Suites to town. The 162 room hotel with a two story parking garage would be located on University, east of Texas, between Jane and Eisenhower.
What has been in the past the routine appointment of members to the board in charge of Bryan’s electric utility took the city council three divided votes at this week’s meeting. Art Hughes, who represents the council on the B-T-U board, voted for reappointing Ben Hardeman and Bentley Nettles. But, Al Saenz voted no after saying he wanted the B-T-U board to have a broader perspective of ideas, input, and concerns. In the end the reappointments were made in one motion. An attempt to consider them individually and a motion to delay action both failed.
This week’s Bryan city council meeting was the first time there was a public reference to extending University Drive across F-M 158. But it’s not a new idea according to Mayor Jason Bienski. Bienski says the idea has been around for years to create a loop from that intersection through the Copperfield subdivision past F-M 1179 and eventually to Old Reliance Road and Highway 21. Bienski says there are developers interested in building homes and retail businesses in the area. The council is considering in the city’s capital improvement plan spending $4-mlllion on the first phase, starting as soon as two years from now.