DEVELOPMENT NOTEBOOK: Report: Alamo Drafthouse coming to Sugar Land in 2017

By Michael Sudhalter

AlamoDraftSugar Land is going to become the movie-going hotbed of the Greater Houston area.

The city already has an AMC 30 next to the First Colony Mall, and the Flix Brewhouse coming next year.

On Tuesday, CultureMap of Houston reported that Alamo Drafthouse will open a location in Sugar Land’s Imperial Market, a new multi-use retail development next to Constellation Field.

According to CultureMap, “the nine-screen theater will begin construction in early 2016 as part of a new two-story retail building.”

The development will also include Aloft, a 185-room hotel, along with the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, which is a collaboration between the Children’s Museum of Houston and the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation.

There are currently Alamo locations in Katy and in the Vintage Park/Klein area. The Austin-based company shows movies, but also serves food/alcohol. It’s also well-known for hosting special events such as sing-a-longs and classic films. Previews at Alamo Drafthouse movies are much more creative than standard movie previews.


Currently, there’s very little development along the Fort Bend Toll Road until you reach the Hwy. 6 interchange.

That could change when service roads start coming, but the Houston-based Cernus Group is taking a pro-active approach.

The Cernus Group, which will build some mixed-use development in the Lake Olympia area, has announced that it will build approximately 900 single family homes in a 329-acre planned development called Parks Edge, according to the Houston Chronicle, between Mustang Bayou and the Fort Bend Toll Road in Missouri City. The homes are expected to be in the $200,000-$400,000 range.


Street Level Investments (SLI), a Dallas-based development company, has closed on the 192-acre Texas Instruments property and construction is expected to begin early next year.

The Texas Instruments sign — a landmark along U.S. 59 for many years, has already come down.

SLI plans to bring a mixed-use development with retail, restaurants, a hotel or two and multi-family units.

“SLI representatives are supposed to roll out a full presentation on what they’re going to do and how they’re going to do it,” said Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella, who expects that meeting in January.

In a related story, Stafford’s City Council passed its 25-Year-Plan of “goals and projects for the coming 25 years.”

Scarcella said the council will delve into the priority and funding of the projects early next year.

Among the projects are the connectivity of the city between the Stafford Centre, the new SLI Property and the Stafford MSD complex, enhancement of FM 1092 and several drainage projects.

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