College Station council approves more traditional police headquarters design – Bryan-College Station Eagle

College Station Metropolis Council members acquired the columns, pitched roof and brick facade they needed when the up to date design idea for the brand new police station was offered and accepted Thursday, about three months after the council despatched employees again to the drafting board. 

The most recent iteration of the police headquarters' design idea that was unanimously accepted options the traditional options that council members mentioned have been missing from the model that was offered on Oct. 2. The off-centered entrance, glass and metal components and trendy structure have been swapped for brick matching town's gateway signage, a symmetrical design and an arched entry.  

A 2.5-cent tax improve for the brand new station -- $28 million has been budgeted for the challenge -- was accepted for this fiscal yr to cowl the development prices. The design the council accepted Thursday is available in over price range at $28.5 million, however metropolis employees mentioned that quantity will probably be refined because the design course of continues. 

"We heard you loud and clear at earlier council conferences that you just didn't need this to take up any more time, so far as the redesign effort," Police Chief Scott McCollum advised the council. "We needed to guarantee that we meet your goals that you just acknowledged with regard to traditional form in addition to a traditional-designed facility. So I challenged my employees to work very vigorously to take that factor out of the equation."

There will probably be some challenges with regard to the price range, he mentioned, however the police division desires the power to "be one thing our group is happy with."

The brand new constructing deliberate for 12 acres on the southeast nook of Krenek Faucet Street and Dartmouth Road will exchange the present station off Texas Avenue that the division has outgrown. The Metropolis Council first accepted a $.96 million design contract with Houston-based mostly PGAL architects for the brand new constructing in February 2016. An authentic design was offered a yr later, however the challenge hit a pace bump in October when a retooled idea that introduced the price and sq. footage down was offered.

Nearly all of council members -- Councilman James Benham and former Councilwoman Blanche Brick maybe being probably the most vocal -- had issues concerning the trendy design and lamented that the council hadn't been give a chance to offer suggestions earlier within the course of. The dialogue additionally sparked the formation of a committee that can evaluation and make suggestions on architectural design requirements for future municipal buildings. 

Benham, who had beforehand known as it a failure of the council to make its expectations clear to metropolis employees about what they needed the constructing to seem like, mentioned Thursday that the approval units the precedent that that is the kind of design the council desires to see shifting ahead with the brand new Metropolis Corridor challenge on the horizon.

Mayor Karl Mooney additionally praised the brand new design. 

"I really like the design," Mooney mentioned. "I believe it is outstanding, I believe it says that this can be a police station and it is someplace the place as time goes on we are able to add to, keep the identical fashion, and it'll at all times look nearly as good because it does the day it opens."

The council additionally voted to maneuver ahead with a development supervisor in danger supply methodology, the place the development supervisor who's employed will take part within the design course of and pre-development providers and keep on by means of the completion of development.

Additionally at Thursday's assembly, the Metropolis Council: 

- Accepted a rezoning for the property off Texas 6 that was previously the positioning of the Silk Stocking strip membership, which was seized in December 2015 by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts after house owners did not pay $192,587 in sexually oriented enterprise charges and taxes. The zoning change from rural to basic business and pure areas protected will enable for growth on the roughly two-acre property. The tract stays the one location within the metropolis limits that permits for a sexually oriented enterprise. 

- Accepted the rezoning of about 5 acres on Holleman Drive between Paloma Ridge Drive and Kenyon Drive to permit for the event. The zoning was modified from multi-household to basic business. 

- Accepted a decision supporting a proposed inexpensive housing growth by means of the state's Low Earnings Housing Tax Credit score program. The council selected to help the appliance for The Huntington at College Station, which might be a six-acre, combined-revenue growth for seniors. 

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