By Elsa Maxey
A set of lengthy recommendations about the Imperial Redevelopment project currently underway are at city hall and with the Johnson Development Corporation’s Project Manager Shay Safie. The Imperial Redevelopment Committee (IRC), whose foundation was spearheaded by Mary Von Tungeln, took on its mission under the guidance of Scott Cole, Bud Friedman and Steve Porter among the 50 committee members comprising some 14 neighborhoods impacted by the redevelopment project.
Their purpose is to identify priority issues with respect to the redevelopment of the Imperial site and to communicate to the developer and the City of Sugar Land what the group calls the community’s objectives.
For starters, IRC is recommending no more than 400 apartment units at the project site not to exceed 200 at each of two locations.
A position paper in the form of a letter indicates that the points represent the consensus on two major areas of concern–residential density and traffic. Since the Johnson Development Corporation is preparing a revamped application to the city, the IRC is asking that their recommendations be given due consideration as a formal communication and represent the beginning of productive dialogue.
Highlights include the continuing opposition to the multi-family project component ; concerns related to density; traffic; the value, stability and quality of apartments over time; public safety and the impact of the development on property values of surrounding neighborhoods together with the quality of life they provide.
The IRC maintains that a compromise can be achieved. In particular, the IRC suggests allowing two areas zoned for multi-family housing. This multi-family component, however, is recommended as a SH 6 and not a U.S. 90A development. Elimination of the multi-family area in the Refinery District is also recommended and the owner-occupied residential area is being requested to include single-family, traditional neighborhood and attached family dwellings with consideration being given to other owner-occupied type patio homes and a “terrace-like facility similar to the one close to Town Center.
With a traffic impact analysis underway, the IRC also provided a host of recommendations with respect to mobility.
For a complete review of the IRC recommendations to the developer and the City of Sugar Land, visit this link.