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CS Council Approves Another Developer’s Request Over Homeowner Opposition

The College Station city council has again approved on a split vote, a land use change for a business development over the opposition of neighboring homeowners.

Objections from the Eastgate neighborhood involved expanding University Town Center. That’s the shopping area with the large water feature along University.

The council approved on a 4-2 vote, allowing the developer to add access off Lincoln Avenue by what amounts to extending Ashburn Street to the north.

Landowner David Scamardo also had the support of the city of College Station’s economic development office.

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Councilwoman Julie Schultz was among those believing the street extension was the only way to recruit an unnamed major retailer.

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Joining Schultz to grant the Lincoln Avenue access were James Benham, Karl Mooney, and Jerome Rektorik.

Voting no were Blanche Brick and Linda Harvell.

After the 4-2 vote to amend the Eastgate district, the council voted 6-0 approving a planned development district that not only creates more retail but adds single family housing along Lincoln between Ashburn and Munson.

Councilman Barry Moore spent the three hours on this issue watching the debate on television. That’s after Moore recused himself because his company is involved with the center.

On WTAW’s The Infomaniacs the day after the votes, Moore brought up the Town Center is one of 11 locations identified by city staff that can host a major retailer.

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The council was told an expanded Town Center could generate another one and a half million dollars from sales tax and hotel occupancy taxes.

Shops at University Town Center from City of College Station

 

University Town Center Rezoning from City of College Station

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Posted by on Nov 13 2017. Filed under Featured Stories, News.

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