What are the next steps?

Currently pre-development work, such as engineering, architectural, traffic analysis and other technical studies are currently underway. PUMA is also working on securing other financing sources, including historic tax credits. The next step in the zoning process is for PUMA to submit a Final Development Plan application for the first phase of its project, which will include the redevelopment and reuse of the Char House and its surrounding area. The Final Development Plan will require public hearings at Planning & Zoning and City Council.

PUMA has contacted Urbano Architects to begin focusing on the preservation of the Char House. This will include work that needs to be done to ensure structural integrity of the building and upgrades to bring the structure into compliance with the current International Building Codes (IBC). Urbano will be obtaining building permits to complete this scope of work limited to the Char House preservation efforts.

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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. What is a traffic study used for?
18. How will development of this project impact traffic in the area?
19. Will this project impact drainage in the area?
20. How will the Children’s Discovery Center & Sugar Land Heritage Museum be impacted by this redevelopment?
21. Where are we in the process of getting historic tax credit for the site?