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Bryan Council Approves New Housing Development Next To Kemp Elementary School

For five years, the city of Bryan has been attempting to get homes built on land next to Kemp elementary school.

Last October, the Bryan city council donated almost nine acres of land in what’s been called Hopes Crossing to local developer Wallace Phillips.

Last week, the council approved Wallace Phillips 52 home development as recommended by the planning and zoning commission, but was opposed by city staff.

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The city staff report stated Hopes Crossing is something that significantly reduces ordinary development standards, including off-street parking. Quoting the report, “Such a proposal appears to not just be inappropriate at this location, but any other location in Bryan at this time.”

The council asked planning administrator Martin Zimmerman multiple times about the staff’s recommendation.

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Phillips says a public safety issue was addressed in Hopes Crossing by restricting parking to one side of the street, which is something that he is not doing with a 600 home development he is starting next month in College Station.

Councilman Reuben Marin agreed with the planning and zoning commission that Hopes Crossing does not set a precedent as felt by city staff.

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Click HERE to read and download the presentation at the July 9, 2019 Bryan city council meeting.

Click HERE to read and download the summary report for the July 9, 2019 Bryan city council meeting.

Click HERE to read and download the city of Bryan staff report.

Image of the aerial view of Hopes Crossing from the city of Bryan.

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Posted by on Jul 16 2019. Filed under Featured Stories, Local News for Newsletter, News.
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