The Brenham City Council heard a presentation this (Thursday) afternoon on a new shopping center looking to locate in Brenham. Brad Combs with Hutton Real Estate said his company is looking to develop a retail center to be called Woodridge Crossing at Hwy 36 South at Salem Road. The property, just south of the Lowes Building Center, is mostly undeveloped. He said they intend to bring in a number of retail stores and restaurants that are not currently in Brenham. The cost of the entire development is estimated to be $21 million and it is expected to open in the Fall of 2018. Combs said his company is looking to enter into a Chapter 380 agreement with the city to develop the project. He explained that stores in cities like Brenham have a lower sales volume than those located in larger markets, but the construction costs for the center are the same.
A Chapter 380 agreement would allow the city to offer various financial incentives including property tax abatements, loans or grants, commitments for infrastructure, or payments of portions of the sales tax generated by the project. Council members went into executive session to discuss what the city may offer, but said no action would be taken today on the matter.