By Elsa Maxey
Close to 150 patio homes and townhomes are expected to be available for purchase by the end of the year in Sugar Land at the Imperial site on U.S. 90A near SH 6.
When plans were first announced to have residential housing as part of the 716 acre developing site at what is called Imperial Sugar Land, there was substantial uproar in the community along the same lines of what was recently witnessed in Missouri City before a city council meeting this month about multi-residential housing.
In that city, not unlike the case in Sugar Land, there was misinformation, angry exchanges and even some confusion about the use of land for that kind of residential housing. But in spite of the prevailing votes by elected officials to move forward on both of those accounts, there continues to be concerns by some relating to school overcrowding, falling home values, and increased crime rates that may be impacted by the new housing.
But in Sugar Land, the developer announced the first residential neighborhoods in Imperial Sugar Land to consist of 116 patio homes to cost between “the $300’s to the $700’s,” some with waterfront views, and 27 single and two-story townhomes facing what is called a signature, tree lined Imperial Boulevard, are these concerns consistent with the type of housing proposed for the area given their target market?
Both these types of homes are designed to appeal to empty nesters, according to the developer. There are those who have raised families but may prefer to stay and move to what is considered to be low-maintenance homes and a short walk to the historic district, the weekly Farmer’s Market and Constellation Field.
At this time that area at Imperial Sugar Land currently includes work on a grand looking entryway on SH 6 across from the airport. A signature fountain is also reportedly expected to be finished by the end of the year and builders for both the patio homes and townhomes will be announced in August. As for the concerns raised, only time will tell.