How has the public been engaged in this process?

In December 2022, the City announced its partnership with PUMA Development to propose the redevelopment of the Imperial Char House. The City made a conscious effort to engage with the community. Two town halls were hosted on December 8 and 15, 2022 to hear clear information straight from the developer regarding the project and to gain public input on the proposal. You can watch both town halls here: 

PUMA proposes to make the Char House improvements as part of its Phase 1 process, but the actual timing and sequencing of the project phases will be controlled by City Council through future zoning approvals. We recommend signing up for our email listserv to stay up-to-date on all the latest updates: 

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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?