The Rosenberg Development Corp. is one step closer to having its own building. At the last regular Rosenberg City Council meeting, council members entered into an agreement with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for a land use agreement to free up the site in the construction of the proposed RDC building.

The RDC currently meets at the Rosenberg Civic and Convention Center, located at 3825 SH 36. In order for the RDC building to be constructed adjacent to the civic center, it was necessary for staff to negotiate with Texas Parks and Wildlife to release the area from the restricted use of parkland only.

Texas Parks and Wildlife criteria requires the replacement land adjacent to Riverbend Park be of equal or greater value than the land being removed from parkland. Thus, city staff negotiated to remove the parkland dedication restriction from 1.867 acres near the civic center and to substitute 5.1 acres adjacent to Riverbend Park in its place.

“This was not easy to get (Texas Parks and Wildlife) to agree to do it,” Mayor Bill Benton said. “I would say we approve this before they change their mind,” he added with a laugh.

In January of this year, council members made a budget adjustment of $785,000 for the design and construction of a building for the RDC. According to city staff, funding would be allocated from the balances in the HOT fund for $200,000 and the RDC fund for $585,000.

Council member Jacob Balderas made a motion to accept the agreement with the state. The motion was seconded by council member Richard Olson and passed unanimously.

Council member Steven DeGregorio was not present at the latest meeting. The RDC is funded by a one-half cent sales tax. The board engages in projects related to primary job creation in the city.

The next Rosenberg City Council meeting will be held Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 2110 Fourth St.

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