(Orange, Texas)

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December 31, 2012

Year in Review


ORANGE — Liquor comes to Vidor

Beer sales hit an all-time in some parts of Vidor this year, mainly because it was the first year stores were able to sell the beverage.

In November 2011, voters approved two propositions during the local option election to allow for the sale of beer and wine by grocery stores and convenience stores and to allow the sale of mixed beverages by licensed food and beverage certificate holders.

It did not take businesses long to apply for licenses to sell beer and wine and many stores were seen by January 2012 getting ready by altering their floor space.

Downtown development

After several years of planning, the downtown riverfront development project is a go.

A section of Front Street has been closed beginning at since July 30 and will remain closed through February 2013 as work continues on the Riverfront Boardwalk and the pavilion projects in downtown Orange.

The year 2011 focused on project design with concept development, design development, a public presentation, completing construction documents, going out for bids and beginning construction.

2012 was for the completion of the construction of the project.

Shortly after construction began on the new riverfront project, problems were discovered. Workers for SpawGlass, the contractor, discovered unknown “rip rap” along the river bank where there had been plans to drive vinyl pilings to stabilize the river bank.

The boardwalk will not be continuous as in the original concept, but will still be connected.

At the “Jack Tar” end will be the boat dock, with the east end of the walk extending over the water. There will be a break in the walk to allow the second section of the walk to be built inland. A walkway of pavers similar to those being used in the pavilion area will connect the two walks. The next section of the walk will begin at the foot of Division Avenue and extend nearly to the intersection of Front and Third Streets. There will be a pathway of pavers from the board walk to Front Street, and along Front Street that will connect to the third section of boardwalk near the site of the old railroad spur.

At each end of the project, the original plans will remain in effect. Pilings will be driven and the boardwalk will be at the edge of the bank, as planned.

When construction began on the project, it was necessary to remove the walkway along the bank at Ochiltree Park. A number of the walkway bricks were memorials with inscriptions. Salvaging the bricks was not possible due to the material the bricks were made of.

The memorials will be reconstructed with a different type of paver. SpawGlass is making new pavers with the original 427 names inscribed on individual pavers. They will be installed in the small plaza area where the walkway reconnects to the third section of boardwalk on the east end of the park.

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