By Elsa Maxey
An Imperial Redevelopment Project Committee, formed in April and organized by former Sugar Land City Council member Mary Von Tungeln, is off to a great start, said Von Tungeln. But as of Thursday last week, she’s no longer on the committee. Von Tungeln told The “Star” yesterday that her decision to opt out was not abrupt nor a reflection of anything about the committee. “My leaving is strictly a personal decision,” she said.
In an email to committee members last week she told them, “Bottom line, I am over obligated and just cannot handle the time commitment.” Von Tungeln told members that she hoped they understand her decision was not made lightly. Bud Friedman and Scott Cole are now co-chairing the 40-60 member committee that Von Tungeln said has already done a ton of subcommittee work. “The committee has good leadership, the people that are on it are very interested and concerned and are going about the process in absolutely the right way,” she said. They will be going through the development and public process to let city officials know their concerns and will be identifying those priority issues. Topics of concern have included the number of residential units, traffic and other areas of the redevelopment project.
Committee co-chair Friedman said that he had made plans to meet with city officials this week and would be following up with them with specific feedback from the committee of residents after a consensus is reached.
Von Tungeln emphasized that the Imperial Redevelopment Project is one of the biggest developments that will impact the Sugar Land community. She said that a good percent of the members are from a former 2005 committee that had been established when both she and David Neely worked with the Cherokee developer before Johnson Development stepped in years later.
The residents on the committee represent some 14 different neighborhoods from Sugar Land, she said. Von Tungeln told the committee she will be available as a resource.