After nearly a decade of planning, dissuasions and two hurricanes, the downtown riverfront development project is a go for the city of Orange.

The Orange City Council conducted a special call joint meeting Tuesday night with the Orange Economic Development Corporation to approve a base bid and also alternate bids on the riverfront boardwalk and pavilion. SpawGlass of Houston was the low bidder with a base bid of $5,087,000.

The OEDC Board of Directors were unanimous in their approval vote while the Orange City Council’s vote tally was 5-2 with Councilmen Jeff Holland and Cullin Smith voting no. Smith said he didn’t agree with SpawGlass’ request for a $500,000 contingency fund.

Allco Construction of Beaumont had a base bid of $5,403,900, Daniels Building and Construction, Inc. of Beaumont came in at $5,999,000 and SeTEX Construction of Beaumont had a base bid of $6,200,000.

The alternate bids approved — Alternate #1- the pavilion structure, Alternate #2- additional beds and irrigation, and Alternate #15- pavilion theatrical lighting were as followed:

• Allco- Alternate #1 of $816,000, Alternate #2 of $288,000, and Alternate #15 of $26,000 for a total projected construction cost (including the base bid) of $6,533,900

• Daniels- Alternate #1 of $691,500, Alternate #2 of $285,500, and Alternate #15 of $27,000 for a total projected construction cost (including the base bid) of $7,003,000

• SeTEX- Alternate #1 of $900,000, Alternate #2 of $260,000, and Alternate #15 of $30,000 for a total projected construction cost (including the base bid) of $7,390,000

• SpawGlass- Alternate #1 of $822,000, Alternate #2 of $252,000, and Alternate #15 of $17,000 for a total construction cost (including the base bid) of $6,178,000

Landscape architect Jeffrey Carbo reported during his presentation the new proposed schedule would work out as follows:

A letter will be sent to the state attorney general on January 6. There will be a state attorney general review of the project at the end of 45 days on Feb. 20 and a complete contract negotiations and contract awarded in late February.

On the construction side of things, a tentative permit acquisition form the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is expected in late February and then construction can begin.

The base bid portion and the selected alternates portion of the project completion date is targeted for September 2012.

Mayor Brown Claybar thanked the council, city staff and Carbo, the Stark Foundation, the bidders and contractors, and others for their support and perseverance, particularly after setbacks. He added he was thankful to receive hurricane recovery funding to help with the project.

“This is a very exciting time to be here in Orange, Texas. This project will help differentiate this community,” he said.