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Hurricane Harry’s, nearby businesses to relocate for next phase of Legacy Point

Despite almost a decade of miscommunication, the development project will continue
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Weathered outdoor sign of Hurricane Harry’s on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024.

In a statement, Culpepper Realty announced businesses at Legacy Point, such as Hurricane Harry’s, will be forced to relocate. 

In 2019, Culpepper Realty released designs for Legacy Point, an area for retail spaces, a hotel, outdoor dining and more. As part of phase No. 2 for the “The Union” project, now almost a decade old, the space will be constructed in front of The Stack apartment complex located on University Drive and College Avenue. 

Culpepper said the project hopes to bridge the gap between Northgate and Century Square.

Plans for The Union project from Culpepper Realty. (Via culpepperrealty.com)

At the time, the plans did not mention if the current businesses in the area — Hurricane Harry’s, Starforge Foundry, Piranha Fitness and Rooster’s Bike & Coffee Shop — will be removed or incorporated into the new designs. All businesses rent their space from Culpepper. 

Culpepper Realty has owned the property for more than 40 years, according to a 2012 WTAW interview with the company president’s mother. However, Culpepper confirmed that all tenants will be relocating.

In a statement to The Battalion on Feb. 23, the developers of Legacy Point said construction is planned to begin by March 2025 for a new phase of development, including more student housing and retail.

Culpepper said all current tenants plan to remain fully operable until then.

Culpepper said it will be partnering with LV Collective, a developer of other large-scale student housing in Austin. Culpepper said initial feedback from student focus groups was positive and receptive to their partnership on Legacy Point.

“With a prime location and proximity to campus, this development will revitalize and renew the area, bringing new, unique housing and retail to complement the success of Century Square,” the statement from Culpepper Realty says.

In multiple public statements since 2012, current tenants in the newly proposed areas have repeatedly refuted the idea that their businesses would be closing.

In January, Hurricane Harry’s owner Jack McGregor was interviewed by The Eagle, who said the project would not be continuing

“The project has been canceled for quite some time,” McGregor said to The Eagle. “… It was a proposal that the Culpepper people had five years ago … There’s nothing in the works as far as I know.”

Culpepper’s statement said it has “kept [Hurricane Harry’s] updated about this development through regular communication.” It also said it has maintained close contact with other nearby business owners. 

In the same release, nearby business Piranha Fitness Studio said it is accepting of the future developments.

“This is where it all began,” the statement reads. “We are grateful to Bryan-College Station for embracing and supporting us when we started in 2011, and we look forward to their support as we step into this next chapter. Piranha is excited to keep serving BCS.”

Editor’s note: Representatives of Culpepper Realty and Hurricane Harry’s both declined to interview prior to publication.

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Ana Renfroe
Ana Renfroe, Head News Editor
Ana Renfroe, Class of 2025, is a journalism junior with a minor in professional writing from Bryan, Texas. Ana has served as The Battalion's head news editor from May 2023 to May 2024. Previously, she was the assistant news editor for the spring 2023 semester. Ana has covered breaking news, politics, and more. She typically covered the Texas A&M System and university administration, Texas and Bryan-College Station politics, student government and more. Ana previously hosted and produced episodes of The Batt Signal, The Battalion's news podcast. Additionally, she was a copyeditor and feature writer for Maroon Life magazine, and helped contribute to the Aggieland Yearbook.
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    ClareFeb 23, 2024 at 9:11 pm

    Why does this headline contradict the quote at the end where the owner says they aren’t going to move?

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