Sugar Land looks for partner to redevelop prison property
The City of Sugar Land has released a Request for Statements of Interest to select a partner to perform a feasibility study and potentially develop an industrial business park within the City.
Developers with experience in planning and developing multi-acre business parks, preferably developments with an aviation-oriented focus, are invited to apply for consideration by submitting their information to the City by Sept. 4.
Sugar Land is negotiating a deal for approximately 230 acres of land west of Sugar Land Regional Airport. The land is being acquired for airport improvements, a public safety training facility and a future business park that could include aviation-related businesses. The ultimate distribution of land will depend on the recommendations in the feasibility study.
The property was the previous location of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s 100-year-old Central Prison Unit.
City Council began working with local state leaders in 2006 to write legislation that encouraged the relocation of the prison unit. The Texas Legislature in 2007 required TDCJ to perform a feasibility study on the possible relocation and redevelopment of the Central Prison Unit. Results from the study later demonstrated that both the state and local community would benefit from the relocation and redevelopment. The prison closed in September 2011.
The redevelopment of the site represents a unique source of new economic activity and tax revenue for Texas and Sugar Land. As the City’s existing business park nears capacity, the City has identified the site for a new business park, which is consistent with the City’s Land Use Plan. The nearby airport and close proximity to rail and major highways provide a unique economic opportunity.
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