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December 9, 2022

René Graham and Chris Lawrence from BCS Modern awarded Mayor’s Downtown Impact Award for 2022

Mayor Bobby Gutierrez presented René Graham and Chris Lawrence from BCS Modern with the Downtown Impact Award during the Annual Volunteer Awards Reception on Dec. 9.

Established in 2000, the Annual Mayor’s Downtown Impact Award recognizes business owners who have influenced the revitalization of Historic Downtown Bryan, and have directly contributed to making Bryan a better place to live, work and do business.

BCS Modern was created in 2010 with the sole purpose to redevelop Downtown Bryan into a place where they wanted to live. While others had already begun rehabilitating old, forgotten buildings downtown – no one wanted to be the first to build something new. Chris and René’s first three projects downtown were the first, second and third new developments in 55 years. They strive to incorporate art, sustainability and a higher expectation of design and architecture with each project. The restoration of the Queen Theatre is one of their proudest accomplishments.

René Graham is a founding board member of Downtown Arts & Culture Association (DACA) and won the first National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant in Bryan to make sure that art was the foundation of their developments.

René Graham and Chris Lawrence from BCS Modern were awarded the Downtown Impact Award for 2022.

BCS Modern has completed the construction and development of $8 million of real estate in Downtown Bryan – with another $24 million in process. Current projects include Jordan’s Lofts, the first multi-use development in Downtown Bryan in almost 100 years, and Lorca which will feature luxury multifamily units, retail space and an art gallery sponsored by the Arts Council of Brazos Valley.

Their initiative and dedication have fueled new interest in getting others on board to make downtown the center of life in Bryan once again.

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