The 1,000-acre area, which is often referred to colloquially as either "Lake Walk" or "Traditions," includes Lake Walk, the town center that includes the Stella Hotel; ATLAS, a 200-acre corporate campus home to four internationally active companies; and Traditions Club and Community, a private residential and golf development.
"Over the past year, living in the Traditions/Lake Walk community has provided a quiet escape from the business of Aggieland and campus," Whiten said. She said the variety of options offered to her so close to home helped her feel grounded as she worked to complete her dissertation and degree.
Spencer Clements, the area's principal, called the development of the community a response to the potential for the Bryan-College Station area. "It's not just a college town anymore," he said.
"Over the years, as the population has grown, it's still very much about the students, and of course A&M is still the driving economic force, but all of a sudden there's a metropolis of [nearly] 250,000 people," Clements said. Brazos County's most recent population estimates put the county between 222,000 and 230,000 people.