By Elsa Maxey
Sugar Land’s review of the Imperial Redevelopment revised plan is underway, according to city spokesman Doug Adolph. He is referring to the General Development Plan submitted by Johnson Development last month. “This includes a detailed revised Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA),” he said. “This review is expected to be completed this month and may include comments back to the developer prior to scheduling any meetings.” Adolph also said that once a response from the developer is received addressing comments back to the developer, the process will move forward.
Prior to the revised plan, meetings by the developer were held with homeowner groups, which shared concerns about the 1,600 residential units called for in an original plan submitted to the city. Adolph said that due to the level of citizen interest about the project, at this point the city can confirm the developer’s resubmitted proposal, which has 625 units, differs from the one furnished in February 2011.
The revised plan for the upscale multi-family residences shows two separate phases over a six-year period for their development by Sueba USA, which will also manage the residences.
The monthly rental rates of the units is reported to range from about $1,300 to $1,800 per month, requiring those qualifying to rent to have an income starting at $55,000 and projected to be about $75,000 for those in the larger residences. A higher percentage of one-bedroom over two-bedroom residences, calculated at a 60/40 breakdown, is planned. No three-bedroom residences are expected to be constructed, according to information from the developer.
The first phase, projected for construction in about a year mid to late 2012, is for 250-300 multi-family residences at the Imperial Ball Park District, east of the city’s minor league stadium. The second phase of approximately 300 residences will be either at the Imperial’s Historic District or Ball Park District with construction beginning in 2014, reports the developer.
“We want to be good neighbors and create a first-class community that will be a positive addition to this historical area of the city,” said Shay Shafie, Imperial Project General Manager.
The residential component is one of a detailed set of proposed development regulations and information being routed to city staff for review, said Adolph. Public updates will include notices of future workshop meetings and public hearings with the Planning and Zoning Commission, he said, and “there has not yet been a timeline established for future meetings.”
In the meantime, clearings and clean-up of the Imperial site continue, prompting visions of the new developing area by many passersby, who say this is part of the city’s evolution. It’s happening at a historic site that gave the city its name.
For news and updates about the Imperial project, check out the new blog at www.imperialsugarland.com, which promises regular updates and other useful information for those interested in the latest developments.