Rosenberg Development Corp. board members have selected a construction firm for the Avenue F parking lot project.

At Wednesday’s meeting, board members awarded the contract to Texas Specialized Construction Services, amounting to $593,225. The RDC budgeted $885,000 for this phase of the project.

The contracted term will last 180 calendar days.

“This is going to be a boom for the downtown group and the Rosenberg Railroad Museum,” board member Herb Phelan said. “It’s sorely needed downtown.

“I think that’s the reason the RDC exists is to encourage efforts like this. I’m all for it.”

In 2015, the RDC purchased a 2.35-acre tract of land, running from Third Street to Sixth Street on the north side of Avenue F and adjoining the railroad tracks.

In 2016, a parking lot was constructed that covers about one-third of the property. In December 2016, the board requested a second parking lot be built.

The leftover parking lot project budget has been reallocated to the RDC building to allow construction to move forward with that project.

“We’re under budget on this and that gives us extra money,” board member John Herne said. “We have enough money to do both.”

Board member and Rosenberg councilman Richard Olson said he didn’t want to take funds from one project and give it to another.

“The overall budget doesn’t change, it’s just a matter of allocating one to the other,” Herne responded. “I have no problem with this.

“This is just a matter of whether we want to accept the lowest bid, which just so happens to be under the budget.”

Herne then made a motion to awarded the construction contract to the low bidder. The motion was seconded by Olson and passed unanimously.

The next RDC meeting will be held June 3 at 5:30 p.m.

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