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Podcast: “I had probably the most-pleasant development experience of my career (in College Station)”

Whenever we hear about new businesses, it’s typically an initial announcement about what’s coming, where it’ll be and when it’ll open. Maybe you’ll eventually hear about the ribbon cutting, but that’s about it.

In this podcast episode, we talk with Ted Ent — president and COO of Mac Haik Hospitality — about the new Embassy Suites that’s scheduled to open Oct. 2 near the Texas A&M campus. Ted describes how he was able to secure a location that no one thought was available, what successes and challenges were part of the development process, and whether or not College Station has too many hotels.

00:00 – Introduction

01:45 — Ted talks about his background in the industry

03:00 — How did College Station get on your radar?

04:40 — “Folklore in the hotel industry”: How he secured such a prime location.

09:28 — College Station provided the most-pleasant development experience of his career.

13:08 — Ted’s role throughout the development process.

14:53 — The use of a local artist; other Ted touches.

16:30 — The Sabre

17:24 — Challenges along the way (traffic, utilities).

21:12 — Don’t we have too many hotels in College Station?

25:34 — What amenities are needed in the area that don’t currently exist?

29:40 — Show close

Construction underway on several developments across College Station

The Eagle – New development is springing up across several of College Station’s main corridors, meaning more restaurant, retail and hotel options will be coming soon. One of the biggest projects under construction is the Century Square development, which sits on a 60-acre plot owned by Texas A&M across University Drive from campus.

Big boom of new eateries coming to College Station

KBTX-TV – The options you’ll have as you head to dinner with family and friends is expanding, just like the City of College Station’s population. “Ground zero for redevelopment is at University and Texas,” said Natalie Ruiz College Station’s Economic Development Director.

Developers

The city offers those interested in developing in College Station the opportunity to attend a pre-application conference. PACs are typically held on Wednesday afternoons and, while not required, can be a helpful way to get development-related questions answered by City staff. If the PAC is for a preliminary site plan, please see the preliminary site plan checklist. Please note that any required plans must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the meeting in order for staff to perform research on the property and your proposal.

To schedule a PAC, please email or call 979-764-3570.

The building and development guide is a resource for developers that includes development review procedures, submission requirements and general development information.

The unified development ordinance contains all development regulations in one document and includes regulations pertaining to zoning and use, platting, site plan development, and building permits. The UDO also includes an overview of the development review bodies, review procedures, zoning districts, use regulations, development standards, and non-conformities.

Interested developers should also review the city’s site design standards, which are used to guide the design and construction of all commercial and multi-family private improvements in College Station.

Construction delayed at new Chimney Hill development

KBTX-TV – From State Highway 6 to Northgate, there are redevelopment projects that will transform this primary gateway to Texas A&M University.

Council approves contract for road extension

The Eagle – The College Station City Council approved an engineering contract Thursday for a $15.1 million road that is intended to provide better connectivity to the Scott & White Hospital off Rock Prairie Road, and could help spur development in the medical district.

Major projects bringing new apartments, retail to Northgate

KBTX-TV – The look of Northgate is continuing to change with hundreds of new apartment units in the works, including more high-rises. The building boom shows no signs of slowing.

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Podcast: “I had probably the most-pleasant development experience of my career (in College Station)”

Whenever we hear about new businesses, it’s typically an initial announcement about what’s coming, where it’ll be and when it’ll open. Maybe you’ll eventually hear about the ribbon cutting, but that’s about it.

In this podcast episode, we talk with Ted Ent — president and COO of Mac Haik Hospitality — about the new Embassy Suites that’s scheduled to open Oct. 2 near the Texas A&M campus. Ted describes how he was able to secure a location that no one thought was available, what successes and challenges were part of the development process, and whether or not College Station has too many hotels.

00:00 – Introduction

01:45 — Ted talks about his background in the industry

03:00 — How did College Station get on your radar?

04:40 — “Folklore in the hotel industry”: How he secured such a prime location.

09:28 — College Station provided the most-pleasant development experience of his career.

13:08 — Ted’s role throughout the development process.

14:53 — The use of a local artist; other Ted touches.

16:30 — The Sabre

17:24 — Challenges along the way (traffic, utilities).

21:12 — Don’t we have too many hotels in College Station?

25:34 — What amenities are needed in the area that don’t currently exist?

29:40 — Show close

Construction underway on several developments across College Station

The Eagle – New development is springing up across several of College Station’s main corridors, meaning more restaurant, retail and hotel options will be coming soon. One of the biggest projects under construction is the Century Square development, which sits on a 60-acre plot owned by Texas A&M across University Drive from campus.

Big boom of new eateries coming to College Station

KBTX-TV – The options you’ll have as you head to dinner with family and friends is expanding, just like the City of College Station’s population. “Ground zero for redevelopment is at University and Texas,” said Natalie Ruiz College Station’s Economic Development Director.

Developers

The city offers those interested in developing in College Station the opportunity to attend a pre-application conference. PACs are typically held on Wednesday afternoons and, while not required, can be a helpful way to get development-related questions answered by City staff. If the PAC is for a preliminary site plan, please see the preliminary site plan checklist. Please note that any required plans must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the meeting in order for staff to perform research on the property and your proposal.

To schedule a PAC, please email or call 979-764-3570.

The building and development guide is a resource for developers that includes development review procedures, submission requirements and general development information.

The unified development ordinance contains all development regulations in one document and includes regulations pertaining to zoning and use, platting, site plan development, and building permits. The UDO also includes an overview of the development review bodies, review procedures, zoning districts, use regulations, development standards, and non-conformities.

Interested developers should also review the city’s site design standards, which are used to guide the design and construction of all commercial and multi-family private improvements in College Station.

Construction delayed at new Chimney Hill development

KBTX-TV – From State Highway 6 to Northgate, there are redevelopment projects that will transform this primary gateway to Texas A&M University.

Council approves contract for road extension

The Eagle – The College Station City Council approved an engineering contract Thursday for a $15.1 million road that is intended to provide better connectivity to the Scott & White Hospital off Rock Prairie Road, and could help spur development in the medical district.

Major projects bringing new apartments, retail to Northgate

KBTX-TV – The look of Northgate is continuing to change with hundreds of new apartment units in the works, including more high-rises. The building boom shows no signs of slowing.