Johnson Development, the company behind that sugar-company-themed master-planned community in Sugar Land, announced yesterday that it has officially handed over the land for the project’s refinery-centric Imperial Market mixed-use district to the folks who will develop it. The 26 acres freshly sold are along Oyster Creek just north of the crossing of Hwy. 90 (visible on the far left of the rendering above, which faces south). That’s Kempner St. running directly alongside the proposed development and crossing the creek as well; a pair of former railroad bridges currently upstream of Kempner are shown replaced with car and pedestrian bridges respectively.
Plans for the development incorporate structures from out-of-use former facilities of the Imperial Sugar Company. The refinery’s silos (instead of becoming an art space) are marked to host a couple of fast-casual restaurants; the 1925 char house, where huge quantities of carefully burned animal bones were once used to whiten and filter cane sugar syrup, will become a boutique hotel. Both structures are more prominently visible in the southeast-facing view below — the boxy brick char house appears to the left of the single-pour-concrete silos:
The development looks to include a major parking garage or 2, though those structures aren’t specifically labeled on the current land-use site plan:
Here’s a look at the purple spot labeled cinema, which (as previously announced) will be an Alamo Drafthouse:
The former refinery’s 2 currently-freestanding smokestacks will be incorporated into a mixed-use office and retail building:
A 274-unit apartment building is also being developed by Sueba:
will also already hosts a Fort Bend affiliate of the Houston Children’s Museum, which will be joined by the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation. Construction on the rest of the site is planned to start early this fall and wrap up by the end of 2017.
- Where History and Commerce Embrace [Imperial Market]
- The 1925 Char House [Sugar Land Heritage Foundation]
- Previously on Swamplot: No Lumps: A Look at Master-Planned Imperial Sugar Land; Sugar Land Scare: Imperial Refinery Buildings Don’t Come Down Easy
Images: Imperial Market