Bryan City Council unanimously approved a rezoning request for 1.87 acres on the north side of Beck Street at Tuesday’s meeting.
The rezoning changed an agricultural open district — a holding zone that usually has low-density residential areas — to a retail district. This opens opportunities for general retail business.
The lot is located between North Harvey Mitchell Parkway and Suncrest Street in Bryan. The new zoning is typical for areas near residential neighborhoods, such as the multifamily complexes next door to this vacant lot.
The council also approved several items on the consent agenda, including the initial amendment to a joint-use agreement between the city and Bryan Independent School District regarding parks next to two Bryan elementary schools.
The amendment allows the district to have more control on public access at Tiffany Park and Villa West Park during school hours.
With the amendment, a school administrator, resource officer or peace officer may ask people at the parks to leave if they pose a risk of harm or behave inappropriately for a school setting.
While the agreement states that “during school hours, BISD shall have the right to exclusive use of Tiffany Park and Villa West Park,” other people, such as homeschool students, are allowed in the park as long as they comply with the rules.
“I don’t believe their intent is to completely restrict use of the parks,” Deputy City Manager Hugh Walker said. “They want better control if they do want to ask someone to leave or have them not be able to access the parks.”
Two of the four who spoke during the hear citizens portion of the meeting expressed concerns about the city’s lack of a senior center. Ginny Smith said she has worked with city employees to try to find a location for a senior center. The process of creating a center has been going on for about two years.
“Seniors compose approximately 20 percent of the Bryan population,” Smith said. “You are ignoring the desires and the needs of this segment of the community.”
At the start of the meeting, the Bryan officials presented the annual State of the City video, which outlines major landmarks that different departments reached throughout the year. For example, the video states that Bryan’s Emergency Medical Services became one of 11 EMS agencies in Texas to gain accreditation through the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services.
The full video and information on each department can be found at bryantx.gov/stateofthecity.
To view the full agenda, visit go.boarddocs.com/tx/cobtx/Board.nsf/Public.