Where are we in the development process?

We are at Step 1, meaning PUMA now has the ability to concretely seek and secure private funding needed to aid in the preservation and redevelopment of the Imperial Char House and Imperial Historic District. Many steps still need to take place before construction begins on this project. PUMA has a purchase agreement for approximately 40 acres of land in and around the former Imperial Sugar site, including the Char House.  PUMA does not yet own the property.  The following items will need to be completed before PUMA decides to move forward with their project:

  1. Financial support – a reimbursement agreement for pre-development and construction costs of the Char House has been approved and a lease agreement for future office space in the Char House.  These items will help PUMA secure other financing for the Char House redevelopment.
  2. Amendment to the Land Use Plan to increase # of multi-family units to 1,200 in the 201-acre Imperial Regional Activity Center.
  3. Approved General Development Plan – a general land use plan including preservation of historic buildings, and list of proposed land uses, including 660 multi-family. 

A Public Hearing on the amendment to the Land Use Plan and General Development Plan was held by the Planning & Zoning Commission on February 14, 2023 meeting.  In a 4-4 vote, the Commission provided a recommendation of denial to the City Council.

On February 21, 2023, the City Council held a Public Hearing and first reading of the ordinance to amend the Land Use Plan and approve the General Development Plan for the project.  The City Council voted 5-1 in favor of the ordinance.  A second reading of the ordinance was held on March 7, 2023.

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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?