At the Rosenberg Development Corp. meeting on Wednesday, board members approved sidewalk projects for the 2019- 2020 fiscal year. RDC members designated $300,000 toward sidewalk projects.
Listed are the following projects and their estimated cost:
■ Eighth Street from Avenue N to Parrott Avenue, $46,220;
■ Parrott Avenue from Fourth Street to Eighth Street, $65,940;
■ Millie Street from Avenue H to Avenue I, $22,240; and
■ Avenue I from Millie Street to Radio Lane, $128,780.
“We’ve held multiple internal meetings with staff to identify areas that not only meet the qualifications we have to meet, but also are current needs in the city,” said Jeremy Heath, interim director of economic development.
“The primary area as far as commercial traffic goes would be along Avenue I.
“We looked at several places to connect (the sidewalk) to Avenue H and after long discussion, we determined the safest and most efficient place is a crosswalk at Amegy Bank.
“Initially, we all agreed there’s a lot of foot traffic there. It’s pretty dangerous and definitely qualifies from a commercial aspect.”
City Manager John Maresh noted that there is also a lot of foot traffic on Parrott Avenue.
RDC president Ted Garcia said every time he drives down Parrott Avenue, there are people walking on the streets.
“So that aspect of it can access to a commercial entity and we can access funding,” Heath responded.
“The northern stretch, we have kids walking to school.
“This sidewalk would eliminate street crossing for the kids walking to Taylor Ray (Elementary School).”
RDC member and councilman Kevin Raines made a motion to approved the sidewalk projects.
The motion was seconded by RDC secretary John Herne. The motion passed unanimously. RDC members and council members Richard Olson and Lisa Wallingford were not present Wednesday.