Where are we in the process of getting historic tax credit for the site?

PUMA Development and the City have contracted with Urbano Architects to advise on the historic tax credit process. Historic tax preservation works in three phases that are reviewed and approved by the Texas Historical Commission and the National Park Service. The City is currently in Phase 1 where its application is being reviewed and approved, with expected approval in the spring. The proposed work will aim to preserve and retain the historic character of the Char House and will follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. The team’s ultimate goal is to give the Char House a new use with minimal changes to its distinctive materials, features, spaces and spatial relationships. Additionally, the Imperial Sugar Company Refinery Historic District has been acknowledged on the National Registry of Historic Places since 2017. This is an incredibly important funding source for the preservation of the Imperial Char House.

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1. What is the project?
2. What has been completed to date?
3. Is this a city-led project? Why has the City provided financial support?
4. Why is this redevelopment happening now?
5. How has the public been engaged in this process?
6. What are the next steps?
7. Why was an amendment to the Land Use Plan necessary for this project? Does this mean it can change at any time?
8. What did City Council's vote on an amendment to the Land Use Plan and General Development plan mean?
9. Can the Char House be preserved without the other parts of the proposed project being developed?
10. What’s to keep PUMA from buying the land, building apartments and then backing out of the Char House deal?
11. Why are apartments needed?
12. Who will be leasing the new proposed, multi-family units?
13. I don’t want apartments in Sugar Land. What other types of housing will be allowed with this redevelopment plan?
14. Will any of the apartments in the Imperial development be Section 8 housing?
15. Will crime increase due to the addition of apartments in the area?
16. How will new apartments impact our schools?
17. How will development of this project impact traffic in the area?
18. Will this project impact drainage in the area?
19. How will the Children’s Discovery Center & Sugar Land Heritage Museum be impacted by this redevelopment?
20. Where are we in the process of getting historic tax credit for the site?