After years of debate and uncertainties, the Rosenberg Development Corp. will get its own home.

Rosenberg City Council members on Tuesday awarded a contract for construction of a building to house the development corporation activities and personnel.

The contract was awarded to low bidder Bass Construction Co., amounting to $927,000. The contract calls for completion in 180 calendar days.

“It’s a good idea,” council member and RDC board member Kevin Raines said. “It’s going to set Rosenberg apart from other areas. This will add professionalism to our quest to bring businesses to our area.

“Rosenberg is about to explode with new growth. It’s all the way around a good idea.”

However, fellow RDC board member and councilman Jacob Balderas disagreed.

“I think that this project has gone way over-budget,” Balderas began. “When this was first quoted, we were at $600,000. Now we’re looking at a bid for $900,000.

“A building this big for three people is wasteful.”

Mayor Bill Benton said the price is hard for him to swallow as well.

“It’s a little big now, but at the rate we’re growing, we’ll grow into it,” council member Steven DeGregorio said.

The 4,500 square foot building will be built adjacent to the Rosenberg Civic and Convention Center, 3825 SH 36.

The RDC board currently meets at the civic center.

According to city staff, funding will be allocated from the balances in the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) fund for $200,000 and the RDC fund for $585,000.

The next council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on June 16 at City Hall, located at 2110 Fourth St.

Citizens wishing to speak to the council must sign up before the meeting begins.

Citizens will be allowed to attend council meetings, but must first be screened for symptoms associated with COVID-19, including a temperature check; and must wear a protective mask while in Rosenberg City Hall.

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