Changes for the City of Bryan After the 100,000 Population Mark

bcstx06
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With Bryan finally approaching the 100,000 population mark, what will change for the city? I know many retailers begin to look at a city differently when it passes the 100,000 mark.

There are several new neighborhoods going up that will help the city get to this point including but not limited to Pleasant Hill (I believe nearly 1000 homes), Oakmont (700+ Homes), Yaupon Trails, and Rudder Pointe.

https://www.kbtx.com/content/news/Homes-under-construction-at-new-Oakmont-development-in-Bryan-509235441.html
EMY92
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Retailers won't look at Bryan any differently. BCS is one integrated market, that is what they will look at.
oklaunion
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I think a city's ETJ increases substantially once that population is attained. Not good news for those affected usually.
bcstx06
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EMY92 said:

Retailers won't look at Bryan any differently. BCS is one integrated market, that is what they will look at.


I agree that it is an integrated market, but it's not a small integrated market like it use to be. Look at South College Station for example, many of the businesses there replicate what already exists in the middle of town; PetSmart, IHOP, Blue Baker, RX Pizza, etc.

So this may be an integrated market, but there is enough growth for "sub markets" within the market.

Just 10 years ago this area had 1 Super Walmart, one smaller Walmart, 1 Target and 3 HEBs. Today there are 3 Super Walmarts, 2 Targets, and 5 HEBs. And I could go on...
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Expect more urban outdoorsmen at underpasses and WM parking lots.
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ro828
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We keep growing but still no Buc-ee's, still no Waffle House.
Captn_Ag05
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Bucees continues to look for a location per the CS economic development director. They want to be here but need a location that makes sense. If I had to guess, if there is one it will end up on 6 near the Speedway location.
Rexter
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They should build on or near the proposed I-14 path
bcstx06
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Where exactly is the I-14 corridor?
Rexter
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It follows US 190


bcstx06
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So I-14 is coming if from West of Hearne, the straight down Hwy 6 to Bryan until it gets to Hwy 21 then it will head East. That's a lot of turns. I don't see how they will make that work. Also, I can't see this interstate going through Hearne. And know one has really mentioned it seriously.
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bcstx06 said:

So I-14 is coming if from West of Hearne, the straight down Hwy 6 to Bryan until it gets to Hwy 21 then it will head East. That's a lot of turns. I don't see how they will make that work. Also, I can't see this interstate going through Hearne. And know one has really mentioned it seriously.



https://carter.house.gov/press-releases/texas-leaders-reintroduce-i14-legislation/

The above link is for expansion to the original plan, which is in progress.

Your local mayors and others were in DC last week pushing for the additional funding to get it going this way. Belton to Killeen is already done.
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bcstx06 said:

So I-14 is coming if from West of Hearne, the straight down Hwy 6 to Bryan until it gets to Hwy 21 then it will head East. That's a lot of turns. I don't see how they will make that work. Also, I can't see this interstate going through Hearne. And know one has really mentioned it seriously.
There has been a discussion of using 30 from Huntsville to CStat as an alternate, but with the expansion of most of 21 so far to 4 lanes between Bryan and Madisonville, it may make more economic sense to upgrade that stretch to Interstate quality.

As for Hearne, I think long term plans are for a bypass connecting 6 and 79 with a loop. The interstate would surely follow those plans.
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Going back to the 100K mark. I heard the Bryan mayor talking about it on WTAW yesterday as well. When is the realistic expectation of Bryan hitting 100K?

The last population estimate I saw for Bryan was around 88K. If that is the case, then at the current growth rate, the 100K number won't be hit for five years.
bcstx06
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It makes me smile that Scott DeLucia asked about the 100,000 population mark on his radio show. That means people are reading this forum! Thanks Scott!

I also wanted to mention that the mayor says how nice Texas Ave looks. Where? On the College Station side? The repayment was nice on the Bryan side but it's still an ugly street. It's should have been widened to 3 lanes like the College Station side, power lines removed and businesses redeveloped.

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Scott, if you are reading this, I would like to hear some conversations with the representatives from both Bryan and College Station on their efforts to bring employers and employment opportunity to BCS.

I think Jay Socol and Natalie Ruiz do a good job providing updates on retail and restaurants coming to College Station, but I never hear anything about other commercial development - or organized efforts to get employers to the area.
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Why power lines removed?
BryanPooch
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If the Census asks the citizenship question, Bryan may fall just short of 100,000. It then will take annexation of the area near Rellis with concomitant growth.
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agrab86
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saltydog13 said:

Why power lines removed?
Some people believe that the removal of visible power lines is a silver bullet for aesthetics and economic development. The cost of this is huge and there is no evidence that it spurs economic development.
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Yeah I was just curious if the poster wanting that knew of the insane costs that have absolutely no benefit whatsoever.
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agrab86 said:

saltydog13 said:

Why power lines removed?
Some people believe that the removal of visible power lines is a silver bullet for aesthetics and economic development. The cost of this is huge and there is no evidence that it spurs economic development.
One idea discussed at one time was to simply move them back off Texas. This is cheaper. To the city's credit, a lot has been buried lately. Suddenlink and Frontier have slowed things down a bit, and the weather certainly hasn't cooperated, but it's getting there.
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