Residents remain opposed to Sugar Land apartment project

Residents opposed to a planned apartment project in Sugar Land are urging the developer to further whittle down its size and move it away from neighborhoods.

Johnson Development Corp. originally wanted to build 1,600 apartment units as part of the Imperial development on the northeast side of U.S. 90A and Texas 6. The city’s planning and zoning commission refused to act on the plan.

Amid public outcry, the developer has since lowered the number to 925 and has been presenting the revised proposal in meetings with residents in neighborhoods near the project.

But Imperial Redevelopment Committee, a grassroots residents group formed in response to the proposed apartments, wants the numbers lowered even further.
On June 22, the committee, which comprises more than 50 residents from 14 area neighborhoods, sent the developer its own proposal that would slash the total number of units to 400.

It also urges the relocation of one of the complexes further west toward Texas 6 from the currently proposed site just south of the Mayfield Park subdivision and east of the Nalco Energy Services campus.

That site, which includes the old Imperial Sugar refinery char house, is dubbed the historic district in the Imperial redevelopment project.

“We feel we’ve had enough apartments in Sugar Land. A great deal more apartments would impact us negatively in terms of crimes, traffic, property value and quality of life,” said committee co-chair Bud Friedman, a Venetian Estates resident. “Moving them away from the proximity of homes would be good for everybody.”

Read more at Ultimate Fort Bend

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About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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