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    January 12, 2021

    GVBM, LLC honored with Mayor’s Downtown Impact Award

    The partners in GVBM, LLC took an old, unused building and completely renovated it – bringing life back to a historical space on the west side of Downtown Bryan. Through their investment in the old Bowie School on 26th Street, GVBM showed that with a little bit of love and patience, downtown revitalization is alive and well in Bryan. That’s why they were honored with the Mayor’s Downtown Impact Award this year.

    GVBM had been looking for a space to accommodate their growing business for several years, and once they found the Bowie School space, they knew it was a great option for their needs. By purchasing the property on July 31, 2019, GVBM saved the Bowie School building from demolition after it was condemned. The entire building was abated by early October 2019, and GVBM was able to renovate the building, thanks to the work of talented consultants and craftsmen.

    “We are excited to have Bowie’s first tenant moved in mid-December, with a second tenant tracking to move in spring 2021,” Johanna Gessner said. “These two businesses will be bringing 80 jobs to Downtown Bryan. These tenants and their employees are looking forward to working in this space with such unique character and its proximity to all that Downtown Bryan has to offer. We look forward to filling this space and foresee it having further positive economic impact on the area.”

    The GVBM partners join the ranks of dozens of other individuals and organizations whose positive impact on revitalization efforts have made Downtown Bryan a destination for everyone in the community

    Mayor Andrew Nelson presented GVBM with the Downtown Impact Award in a video presentation, which was shown at the Jan. 12, 2021 Bryan City Council meeting.

    “Downtown Bryan is thriving because of the individuals who have invested their time and talents into making it a place people want to gather,” Nelson said. “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.”

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