The Commerce Journal

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January 5, 2013

2012 in review

Taking a look back at the ups and downs in the local news

COMMERCE — The past year was, as most years are, full of both achievements of success and disappointments for the Commerce community. Here, we will highight the important news of the last 12 months. The stories are listed in chronological order. Do you have an opinion on what we included or what we left out? Email us at editor@commercejournal.com with your 2012 highlights.

CCC, KILTED MONKEY, A SPACE, MONSTER SPORTS ACADEMY

Several new establishments opened in Commerce. The College Corner Cafe was open for six months and received rave reviews for their food and ambiance, but the restaurant shut down after a major investor pulled out of the project. The Kilted Monkey, a pub-style restaurant, opened up on Live Oak Street in the location formerly occupied by Izzy’s Cakes. Ashley and Paul Bryan added some color to downtown after opening A Space Art Gallery on Alamo Street. Their summer camp, sponsored by the A&M-Commerce Art Department, was very popular. Monster Sports Academy opened batting cages behind the Taco Bell on Live Oak and began creating select teams from the Commerce area.

ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECT

A $4.8 million construction project began in 2012 with work on Harlow Road. The project, which includes approximately $1 million from A&M-Commerce and the Texas Water Development Board, will repair six Commerce streets and will take three years to complete. In 2012, the Texas Department of Transportation also completed a resurfacing of Culver Street.

LAND SALE FALLS THROUGH

The sale of 7.31 acres by A&M-Commerce to a private developer fell through after the university was unable to come to an agreement with owners of mineral rights on the land. The sale, which was approved by the Texas A&M Board of Regents, was for $1 million and included property along State Highway 24/50 in front of the Whitley Residence Hall.

In their concept to A&M-Commerce, Armstrong Development Properties, Inc proposed a fast-food restaurant, retail shop and sit-down restaurant. The cornerstone of their development would most likely have been a CVS Pharmacy, a company that Armstrong is a developer for.

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