What is the project?

To start, the developer is proposing redevelopment of the Imperial Char House into an office building with associated food, beverage and retail.  It is proposed that a portion of the Char House will house The Cannon, an innovation space which provides numerous workspace options, programming, content, events, with access to sponsors, mentors, accelerators, incubators, and venture capital.  The remainder of the 40-acre proposed project, which includes all currently existing historical structures, is a mixed-use walkable area including retail, food and beverage, office, event space, residential (including multi-family), with extensive outdoor green space.  The top priority of the project is preservation of historic buildings as well as an emphasis on creating a vibrant, energetic destination for the community.

For more information on the inspiration project, please watch the video from the Town Halls here: https://sugar-scoop.com/2022/12/19/couldnt-make-it-to-the-imperial-char-house-town-hall-watch-both-sessions-here/

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1. Now that City Council has passed the Land Use Plan amendment, what are the next steps?
2. Does this vote mean that the Land Use Plan can change at any time?
3. Where are we in the process of getting historic tax credit for the site?
4. What does approval of the General Development Plan mean?
5. Is this a city-led project?
6. Why has the City provided financial support for this project?
7. Why is this redevelopment happening now?
8. How will development of this project impact traffic in the area?
9. Who will be leasing the new proposed, multi-family units?
10. How will the Children’s Discovery Center & Sugar Land Heritage Museum be impacted by this redevelopment?
11. Can the Char House be preserved without the other parts of the proposed project being developed?
12. What is the project?
13. What will happen with the Char House?
14. Why are apartments needed?
15. I don’t want apartments in Sugar Land. What other types of housing will be allowed with this redevelopment plan?
16. Does the Planning & Zoning Commission and City Council have the authority to amend the Land Use Plan?
17. Where are we in the development process?
18. Why is an amendment to the Land Use Plan that increases the number of multi-family units within this development necessary?
19. What’s to keep PUMA from buying the land, building apartments and then backing out of the Char House deal?
20. Will any of the apartments in the Imperial development be Section 8 housing?
21. What will the average cost of these apartments be?
22. Will crime increase due to the addition of apartments in the area?
23. How will new apartments impact our schools? Will new apartments cause our schools to be overpopulated?
24. How has the public been engaged in this process?
25. If all 660 units within the PUMA Development are built, will there be space left for a “mixed-use” development, including shops, restaurants, etc.?
26. Will this project impact drainage in the area?