The developer who signed a letter of intent to buy the old Main Fire Station in Brownwood has withdrawn the offer on the property, following the rejection of the the developer’s bid in the January sealed bid process.
      However, the developer, Shuler Properties of Atlanta., Ga.,  is looking for property elsewhere in Brownwood.
          Guy Andrews, director of the Brownwood Municipal Development District (BMDD), made those comments in an interview in which Andrews also talked about ongoing construction projects in Brownwood.
          The letter of intent prompted the BMDD— which owns the property — to offer the property for sale through the sealed bid process. The BMDD Board of Directors and Brownwood City Council members approved the sale of the property through sealed bid in November 2017.
          But in January, the BMDD board voted to reject the three bids it received — from Shuler Properties, Bill Ruth and Ruth’s sister, Angie Schum — because they did not meet bid specifications.
    Shuler Properties’ bid was rejected because it specified demolition of the fire station rather than asking for incentives for the demolition, Andrews said.
    The bids from Ruth and Schum bids were rejected because neither of them proposed a specific project, and neither of them provided the financial data required in the bid specifications, Andrews said. Ruth also expressed disagreement with some of the key bid specifications, and Schum did not provide responses to any of the bid specifications in her bid packet.
          “We’re still waiting for someone to submit a viable project for the BMDD to consider,” Andrews said. “There has been considerable discussion on social media about what might be proposed for the old Main Fire Station, but nothing has been submitted to the BMDD that would constitute an actual proposal for a project. It is all speculative at this time.
    “The sale of the old Main Fire Station Property is about economic development. Any business purchasing the property needs to be sales tax producing. We’d prefer a regional or national retailer with demonstrated sustainability at that location. We’re just waiting for somebody to submit a proposal that says ‘here’s what we’re proposing’ and  actually has an organization behind it to carry the project out.”
    The BMDD does not sell property based on speculation, and also requires that the property reverts to the BMDD if the developer is not able to develop what it proposed, Andrews said.

Ongoing construction projects.
    Andrews gave highlights of several ongoing construction projects including:
    • Shoppes at Pecan Bayou — “They’re making progress building the 18,000-square-foot retail center that’s behind McAllister’s and Cotton Patch,” Andrews said. Plans for the site show one building with an open floor plan for restaurant and retail space.
    • Hendrick Medical Plaza at 2371 Crockett — scheduled opening is in the spring of 2019. Located next to the Hendrick Surgery Center, the 20,500-square-foot building will include multiple physician offices, radiological services, physical therapy services, a laboratory draw station and an educational classroom space.

    • Nelson Wholesale warehouse — 2500 US 377 South.

    • Aspen Dental — 507 W. Commerce (former Pizza Hut location).

    • Shipley Donuts — 305 W. Commerce, to be located in the former  Long John Silver's building, which is under renovation.

    • Ethos Pet Nutrition — 100,000-square-foot warehouse on Shepherd Road.
    • Indian Creek Townhouse Apartments — at Milam and Indian Creek. The development has received its certificate of occupancy and is filling up fast, Andrews said.
    • Hutchins Construction — has two pads poured for its development on Fourth Street south of Southgate Drive.
    • Waterstone gated community — construction continues at Fourth Street and Vicksburg Court.
    • omes are being built by Stehl Ratliff and Jim Loudermilk on Avenue K.
    • Brook Lane is being extended south to create a new street in the South Hampton III subdivision that will contain approximately 34 lots for new homes.