Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (June 27)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, June 27. It’s not the official minutes.

Both meetings are being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and can also be watched online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

6:08 p.m.

The workshop has started.

6:33 p.m.

Legislative Session Update

The council was updated on the recently completed session of the Texas Legislature and discussed legislation that will impact the city. Among the items the legislature approved were a revision to the hotel occupancy tax rate in Brazos County for the purpose of renovating Kyle Field, and the creation of Rock Prairie Municipal Management Districts No. 1 and 2.

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Blanche Brick: Kyle Field redevelopment presents significant challenges

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This blog expresses the author’s viewpoint only. It does not represent the collective view of the city council or the City of College Station.

In 1904, Edwin Jackson Kyle, Professor of Horticulture and an 1899 graduate of the A&M College of Texas, used land he had been given for agricultural research to establish a field for A&M football and baseball games. He spent $650 of his own money to purchase a grandstand from the Bryan fairgrounds and added wooden seats to accommodate 500 fans.

In 1927, a new stadium was built at a cost of $345,000. 

Today’s renovation will cost $450 million and expand the seating to 102,000. There are Founder’s boxes that cost $10 million for a 20-year right to occupy these luxury boxes.  As of June, all but two of these boxes had been sold. 

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Live Blog: Thursday’s city council meetings (June 13)

This is a live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, June 13. It’s not the official minutes.

Both meetings are being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and can also be watched online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.

6:10 p.m.

The workshop has started.

6:54 p.m.

Kyle Field Redevelopment 

The council received an overview of the Kyle Field Redevelopment Project from representatives of Texas A&M. When the project is completed in 2015, the seating capacity will be 102,500.

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