BRYAN, Tx (KYLE) — Take a walk down Main Street in historic Downtown Bryan and you'll find a lot of unique boutiques, restaurants and even a music venue.
One thing you won't see much of is residential housing.
Executive Director of the Downtown Bryan Association, Rene Lawrence says, "Our member businesses of the Downtown Bryan Association are always asking us, 'What can we do to get more people living here?'"
That's all changing though, thanks to several residential construction projects going on; some of the first in the Downtown area in more than a decade.
"You look at a lot of different downtowns, downtown Ft. Worth for example, 10,000 people live there and that has changed the landscape of downtown," said Bryan Deputy City Manager, Joey Dunn. "We want to see that so we're going to do everything we can to encourage that."
Currently loft apartments are under construction on Main Street and just a couple blocks away ground has broken on a new town home project at the corner of 24th and Houston.
"We've really been focusing on that in our downtown, specifically the north side so it's really great to see some projects going on because the market is really pushing for that," said Dunn.
And Lawrence couldn't be happier about the new additions.
"We're really excited about that because the more people you have here on a daily basis than the more it's really going to grow and become a vibrant community."
Hopefully enticing even more businesses to open up shop in the future.
Since 2010, nineteen news businesses have moved in.