After gathering input over the last 10 months from residents, business owners and other stakeholders, the City of Bryan is hosting an open house on Aug. 7 to solicit feedback on draft plans for the Midtown area.
The Mayor’s Downtown Impact Award, created in 2000, celebrates progress in Bryan’s oldest business district while recognizing those who go above and beyond to contribute to this progress. Every year, there are organizations and individuals whose positive impact on revitalization efforts in Historic Downtown Bryan is simply extraordinary.
This year’s recipients are Brent and Krissie Hairston, owners of Perry Properties. In 1997, The Hairstons bought their first business and building in historic Downtown Bryan, Discount Carpet. At the same time, they invested in a second building at 208 North Main. Originally constructed in the 1920s, this building is now home to the fully renovated residential space known as Perry Lofts offering a variety of one- and two-bedroom floor plans. Prior to the development of Perry Lofts, the couple sold Discount Carpet and opened Texas Furniture Company, operating the business from 2001 to 2008.
As owners and managers of Perry Properties, the Hairstons have overseen the renovation of three significant buildings in Downtown Bryan as well as the recent construction of a fourth building, Perry Place. This 30,000 square-foot building is the largest new structure built in Downtown Bryan in almost 50 years and is located on the north corner of East 23rd Street andNorth Main.
Offering mixed-use properties including lofts, office, and retail space, Perry Properties has supported the redevelopment of Downtown North and provided uniquely designed real estate offerings while maintaining historic quality.
“Downtown Bryan is thriving because of the individuals that have invested their time and talents into the Cultural District,” said Mayor Andrew Nelson. “These efforts continue to be supported by the City through partnerships to promote the vitality of Downtown and the unique variety of amenities it has to offer residents and visitors alike.”
This annual award serves as a way to recognize those who continue to invest their time, effort, and resources into making Bryan an even better place to visit and to call home.