Discovery center success with more to come at Imperial redevelopment site
Although school’s back in session, the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, which boasted over 2,500 attending the first day it opened in May, continues the hands-on, minds-in-gear activities for children.
This summer, children created message encoders, inspired cool thoughts with winter scene water coloring and experienced so much more at the interactive educational galleries.
The Discovery Center, a branch of the award winning Children’s Museum of Houston, had a great turnout this summer, and reports that it expects to be visited by over 100,000 people each year.
It helps that it has a home in Fort Bend County, which is said to have a high number of children comprising its growing population. As many know, the Discovery Center is at the historic site of the Imperial Sugar factory with Constellation Field located just on the other side. The place has not been hard to find for newcomers to the area. The gigantic silos that used to store sugar when Imperial Sugar was operational have served as an iconic marker for a hub of the City of Sugar Land, back then and even now with more in the horizon for the redeveloping site.
Construction will begin next month for an upscale, 855,000-square-foot, mixed-use retail, office, hotel and residential project on U.S. 90 between Highway 6 and U.S. 59. This will be a $200 million project expected to be ready for opening in a little bit over a year from now, in late 2017, according to a recent announcement. Retail, dining and entertainment are part of this effort, which includes a nine-screen Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, considered a best-in-class for movie and dining.
A 185-room, luxury hotel in the historic Char House building to be restored with conference and meeting spaces will also be at the Imperial site. Additionally, there will be a 274-unit, luxury multi-family complex.
The site is also planning to have a top-rated, French Quarter-style restaurant, a high-end lounge, and an Italian restaurant. Joining the lineup of new establishments is an aptly named coffee shop – The Company Town, a gelato shop, a local wine bar with music and eats, and there will also be fashion and other goods and service retailers to be announced.
The Sugar Land Heritage Museum and Visitors Center will make this redevelopment site its permanent home and the popular Farmer’s Market will continue its operations. Reports indicate that it draws 150,000 visitors annually.