College Station City Council members approved a zoning change near Rock Prairie Road West, a contract change related to the new police station project and several other items at Monday night’s meeting.

Early Monday afternoon, the city also announced that the candidate filing period for the special election to fill former Councilwoman Elianor Vessali’s Place 4 seat will run from 6 p.m. Dec. 10 to Dec. 19. Election Day will be Jan. 28.

The announcement follows Vessali’s resignation on Friday as she begins her campaign for the U.S. Congressional District 17 seat. U.S. Rep. Bill Flores of Bryan announced in September that he would not seek reelection. 

The zoning change allows for a split usage of the property at the southwest corner of the intersection of Rock Prairie Road West and Holleman Drive South and opens the door for a business to sell alcohol on the half of the property farthest from River Bend Elementary School. City planner Jade Broadnax said the change does not guarantee that anyone will sell alcohol on the property, but it means a business could apply for a permit. She said there cannot be a bar on the land, and any alcohol sales permit would come with restrictions similar to restaurants and grocery stores. 

The property owner originally intended for there to be one building on the property but now plans to place two 5,600-square-foot commercial buildings on the land. The building planned for the side of the property closest to the school would be limited to suburban commercial usage. The second building on the opposite side of the property, farther from the school, would be limited to convenience store and fuel sale uses. The second building is the one that could be permitted to sell alcohol.

The City Council also approved a change order to decrease the amount of the contract with Vaughn Construction for the new police station project by $762,010. Those funds from the original $24.8 million contract will be applied to other areas of the same project. The new station is being built at the southeast corner of Krenek Tap Road and Dartmouth Street.

The city’s announcement about the upcoming special election said early voting will be from Jan. 13 to

Jan. 24. The runoff election day will be March 10, if it is needed. The current term for the Place 4 seat ends in November 2021. Vessali served on the City Council for approximately one year.

“[On Council] I have continuously fought to keep government small, and taxes low for the hardworking taxpayers, and that is the same fight that I will take to Washington if I’m elected,” Vessali said in an interview with The Eagle on Saturday.

Elizabeth Cunha, who ran for the Council’s Place 6 seat last year, announced Monday on Facebook that she plans to run for the newly vacant Place 4 seat. Cunha lost to Councilman Dennis Maloney last year in a December runoff election.

To view the special election calendar, visit cstx.gov/elections. For more information on agenda items, including revisions to the city’s historical marker application guidelines and changes in the school zone operational times for four elementary schools, visit blog.cstx.gov.

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