Interim Economic Development Director Jeremy Heath has a project that might be right up downtown Rosenberg’s alley — literally. At the Rosenberg City Council workshop meeting Tuesday, Heath will present a proposed downtown alley improvement project.

The meeting is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 2110 Fourth St.

In June 2015, the Texas Historical Commission submitted a design report for potential improvements in the commercial alleyway separating Second and Third streets between avenues F and G in the historic downtown area. And in August, the Main Street Advisory Board members discussed resurfacing the alleyway and making it pedestrian-only for traffic.

Resurfacing would require limiting the vehicle traffic, thus creating several other challenges including garbage pick-up, solid waste receptacle placement and deliveries to businesses, city staff noted.

Staff will present options for resurfacing the alley including use of pavers, gravel and crushed granite and discuss the associated cost for each option.

Council members will be asked to select one of the following options: Leave the alley as-is and make no substantial improvements other than normal alley maintenance; Resurface the alley with a whitewashed limestone material at a cost of approximately $2,500, and leave the alley open to vehicular traffic; Resurface the alley with a gravel/ crushed granite material and limit vehicle access at a cost of approximately $26,000-$30,000; or Resurface the alley with pavers, limit vehicle traffic and make other improvements to revitalize the alley at a cost of approximately $100,000 to $150,000.

In other business, Rosenberg Police Chief Jonathan White will give his monthly police department report and Animal Control Director Mara Hartsell will present the monthly animal shelter report.

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