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  1. Does anyone have an option of the waterfront/waterview homes in Chelsea Harbor. Are the built well and is this considered a good and safe location? I like these homes but it seems a little far from the main part of Sugarland. Are these homes a good value. Thanks.
  2. I'm getting married in Sugar Land next April and have had a somewhat frustrating time finding a place to have the rehearsal dinner. I went to several places and found the private rooms were either too small or the restaraunt wasn't what I was looking for. I'm thinking of just finding something in Houston, but that's a lot of driving considering the church and everyone's hotel rooms are in Sugar Land. Can anyone suggest a place with a private room that can hold about 40 people? We were hoping for Italian or seafood, but, if the place is nice, we'd consider other places.
  3. Designed for Lott in 1975 by Houston architect Karl Kamrath, this stunning Sugar Land MOD is for sale. Address is 818 Sugar Creek Blvd., Sugar Land
  4. Sugar Land City Council Vote Gives Brazos River Park a Jump-Start by Bob Dunn, Aug 15, 2006, 11 10 pm Sugar Land City Council awarded a $2.1 million contract for first-phase construction of the city City Park is a 21-acre community park which features the City's Municipal Pool, 5 lighted baseball fields (1 t-ball, 3 little league-for boys, 1 pony for boys and 1 football practice area), concession stands, batting cages, a lighted and covered skate park with bleachers, benches and bike racks, 4 lighted tennis/pickleball courts, a playground, picnic pavilion, drinking fountain, barbecue grills, benches, picnic tables, restrooms, sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits and parking lot. City Park also features the Jim Cooper Meeting Room, ideal for small meetings and gatherings.
  5. Bechtel Moves Division HQ To Sugar Land, Hints Of Bigger Deal In Works by Bob Dunn, Aug 16, 2006, 07 43 am/ From: Fort Bend Now Sugar Land is gaining an important corporate headquarters, as Bechtel Equipment Operations, a division of the giant Bechtel Corp., has decided to move its headquarters here from Louisville, Ky. Sugar Land City Council laid the groundwork for a deal Tuesday night that will bring BEO to a 4.2-acre site in Sugar Land Business Park and create 40 new jobs with an average salary of $65,000, according to information provided by Sugar Land Economic Development Director Regina Morales. The company will consolidate its operations in Louisville and in Deer Park, and roll them into the new Sugar Land headquarters. By doing so, they will gain a 40% tax abatement over the next 10 years, on property and inventory the city estimated at $7.3 million. The tax abatement was part of an ordinance passed on first reading Tuesday night, as was the creation of a reinvestment zone. But it appears the city potentially has a lot more to gain. While BEO President Bob Hall discussed his company
  6. I heard from click2houston.com that the Chuck E. Cheese in the Town Center was robbed and had to close down because of the robbery. Apparently someone just walked in waving a gun at everyone and demanded money. Does anyone know more about this? After what happened to that teenage girl, I'm wondering if it's still safe to raise a family in Sugarland.
  7. Score another one for Sugar Land. Fingers Furniture plans to move its corporate headquarters from Houston to Sugar Land in May 2007 as part of its plan to rapidly expand here. The 21-acre site will eventually house a 500,000-square-foot warehouse and 35,000 square feet of office space, said Robert Finger, president and chief executive officer of the company. The company searched for three years to find the right location for a move from its current headquarters on the Gulf Freeway at Cullen. View the entire story here.
  8. The 10 best places to live in the U.S.: http://www.kltv.com/Global/story.asp?S=5158853&nav=1TjD
  9. Just wanted to get some takes on what you guys think about the Telfair subdivsion being so close to the Sugar Land airport. It's inevitable that there will be an extreme amount of air traffic there soon with Sugar Land growing so rapidly. Also heard that Fed-Ex will be flying cargo planes out of there pretty soon. I'm a Realtor in the Greatwood area and also plan on marketing the Telfair area. Feedback would be great and any input is appreciated! Joel Pond
  10. From the February 28, 2005 print edition Residential Real Estate Beat Newland to transform prison land into Telfair Allison Wollam Houston Business Journal Newland Communities broke ground this week on a 2,018-acre master-planned community located on the former site of a state prison. The community is named Telfair, after one of the oldest oak-lined squares dotting downtown Savannah, Ga. The Texas version of Telfair is located in Sugar Land on Highway 59 South, with the main entrance at University Boulevard, just south of Highway 6. Occupying one of the last large tracts remaining open for development in Sugar Land, Telfair is located on prison farm land that San Diego-based Newland purchased from the state in 2002. Telfair will contain 4,000 to 4,500 homes once it is completely built out in 2011. Lots in the first phase are expected to be delivered to home builders late this year, with the first homes scheduled for completion in Spring 2006. The community will feature a village center designed to blend a variety of housing styles with civic buildings and commercial establishments, such as shops and restaurants. The Telfair master plan devotes 417 acres to recreational amenities, including a 70-acre lake and park system that will meander through the community. A City of Sugar Land regional park will span another 70 acres. In addition, Telfair will have three major recreation centers offering swimming pools, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts and sports fields. Each of the major internal roadways in Telfair will have an arched bridge designed to resemble the historic suspension bridges around Savannah. The community will be highlighted by a 16-acre site surrounding the 1939 Central State Farm prison building. Newland is currently studying ways to preserve the former dormitory for potential civic or commercial uses. Travis Stone, senior vice president of operations for Newland, says Telfair is significant for Sugar Land because it houses one of the city's few historic buildings. In addition, Telfair is an infill project which is surrounded by completed master-planned communities and amenities such as First Colony Mall and Sugar Land Town Center. "Given these circumstances, we wanted to raise the bar and create a truly unique and highly livable community at Telfair, one that would quickly offer a very established sense of place for homeowners," says Stone. The Telfair master plan also includes 390 acres designated as commercial space, with most of the commercial acreage fronting Highway 59 and Highway 6. The City of Sugar Land has an option to purchase a 95-acre tract in Telfair. The land will likely be used to accommodate industry and research centers associated with the Texas Energy Center. Telfair marks Newland's most recent development in the Sugar Land area. Newland is also the developer of Greatwood, a 2,050-acre master-planned community located just south of Telfair at Highway 59 and the Grand Parkway. Memorial mansion hits the sales block A popular Memorial mansion that has hosted such famous faces as Jayne Mansfield, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Stefanie Powers is on the market. The estate of independent oilman Johnny Mitchell and his wife Alleyne, both of whom are deceased, is selling the couple's 10,681-square foot Mediterranean-style home. The house was originally designed by architect John Staub in 1962 with a 1964 addition by George Paul. The Mitchell estate is being offered for sale by Agatha Brann of John Daugherty, Realtors. The asking price has been set at $6 million. The home, located at 215 Carnarvon Drive, has five full bedrooms, 11 and 1/2 baths, 12-foot ceilings and marble floors. Located on the bayou in Bayou Woods Estates the mansion also offers a guest home, an entertainment pavilion, a rectangular pool and lighted tennis court. Mitchell, the son of a Greek immigrant, came to prominence as an independent oilman with his brother, George Mitchell, when they founded what became Mitchell Energy and Development, one of the nation's largest independent oil companies. GHBA schools members on value of higher education The Greater Houston Builders' Association has joined the University of Phoenix to create more educational opportunities for participating residential home builders. In an agreement signed earlier this month, GHBA worked with University of Phoenix-Houston to arrange for the transfer of certain credits from the organizations' continuing education programs toward undergraduate degrees from the university. Erik Cofield, GHBA director of education, says the Houston organization is the first home builders' association in the nation to offer college credit for its courses. Under the new agreement, 119 courses will be articulated for a total of 121 college credit hours. awollam@bizjournals.com
  11. TxDOT To Shut Down U.S. 59 In Sugar Land On June 2 And July 7 Weekends by FortBendNow Staff, Thursday May 18, 2006 Slow traffic and confused motorists can be expected in early June and July, as demolition of two bridges over U.S. 59 in Sugar Land will result in closure of the major highway
  12. Most of the stores in New Territory are located in the Randall's anchored shopping center, right off of The Grand Parkway (99) and New Territory Boulevard. There are a few cleaners, and other small establishments at the intersection of 99 and 90. Many other shooping establishments are a (relatively) short drive away, such as the River Park center, at 99 and 59, which is anchored by an HEB. If you go East on 90, all the way to Hihway 6, and go southbound, there is a center there anchored by a Sam's club, as well as a Wal Mart. Of course, if you wish to drive a bit further, you can easily reach the many shoping areas in the First Colony area(including the mall, and town square). And yes, that stretch of 59 should be better, once construction is done. Currently, the main way to get to 59 from NT is New Territory Boulevard, which currently is detoyred through the streets under construction in the new Telfair subdivison. I once got stuck there for over an hour, and this was NOT during the morning commute. Thintgs should get better, though, as soon as the proper NTB route is established, and the diamond interchange with 59 is completed.
  13. The largest remaining stretch of available commercial land in Sugar Land has been purchased by a partnership that plans to develop a mixed-use project there. Weaver Davis & Jacob Realty Group said Monday that it represented Hwy 6 & 90 Ltd., a single-asset limited partnership, in the purchase of the 112-acre tract at the southwest corner of Highway 6 and Highway 90. Bizjournals article.
  14. With Asians making up about a quarter of the population in Sugar Land currently are there any other towns or cities that can compare in the south?
  15. I've heard of a proposal that would develop the area surrounding Flour Daniel (Lakeside/Flour Daniel Dr.) and transform it into a retail/housing hub capped off with a Condo Complex consisting of up to 4, 10-Story condominiums. Hermes Architects is slated to do much of the development, but I've heard of some fuss from the homeowner's association ("Old Sugar Land", if you will) that might nix it before it gets off the ground.
  16. We bought a home to construct at Reserve at Glen Laurel a month ago. We have to still complete design center appointments and haven't signed a mortgage yet. Some friends of mine say it's very bad location....resale ponit of view, schools...everything. They say New Territory is better option. According to them, I'll lose almost $20-30K when I sell it. I definitely look at my house not only a place to live, but also a huge investment. We have paid $2500 towards processing so far. Could anyone shed some insight into this? I'm very stressed over this and breaking my head. TIA, San
  17. What new restaurants would you like to see in these two new developements (Town Square and FC Mall Restaurant Plaza)? Here are a few I'd like to see: The Grotto Brio Goode Co.
  18. Sugar Land is adding 3,147 new residents as Avalon and Brazos Landing become Sugar Landians. The city keeps growing and with the addition of Town Square is more and more becoming the "city outside the city" to live in. Houston Business Journal Article
  19. my husband and I are looking for a new house. We currently live in tanglewilde. We love being in the city, but we already have a two year old daughter and another child on the way. We have outgrown our home. We would love to stay in the city but it is too expensive. We are looking for a house that is 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms for $250,000. We are considering sienna plantation, riverstone, the new development telfair and new territory. I am worried about property values. we don't want to be stuck with a house that we cannot sell later. Is it better to live in a newer development in sugarland or buy a house in a more established area like commonwealth. Plus is there a big difference between sugarland and missouri city? Any comments and thoughts would really be appreciated.
  20. Forget all about Missouri City. That place is nothing but trouble, lots of robberies right in your own driveway. Find you a nice home in New Territory. There is also a great subdivision, right off of 59 past hwy. 90 that goes into Stafford, right behind Dulles high school. There are a couple of golf courses, Sugar Creek and River Bend Country clubs are back there. For some reason the name of the subdivision has escaped me, but my wife and I seriously considered the neighborhood before moving to Katy.
  22. Yesterday I was in home depot in Sugar Land and I saw a Big Lots sign in the back of a trailer being towed by a U-Haul. They had stopped into Home Depot to buy something. About 10 minutes later I saw the truck parked by the street in front of the empty parking lot of the old Target building. There was a maintence guy out there doing something with the mounting posts on the street. I checked Big Lots website and i see that there are job postings for Sugar Land, but no Sugar Land location listed. I am 99% certain Big Lots is coming to Sugar Land and that it'll be in that old Target building. Right next to the Dollar store. Sugar Lands slums??? hehe..j/k I love closeout stores like that, so I think it'll be pretty cool to get a Big Lots here. I drove near there today but forgot to look to see if there was a sign mounted. If it is coming, there is probably a sign on the street now. Anyway, for most people this is nothing, but since their nearest store is 13 miles, it's good to see them come to Sugar Land. Plus, most people would be happy just to see someone fill that large space.
  23. Currently under construction Prices range from $240,000- $700,000 I have actually looked at some of the prices at some of the condos in Sugar Land Town Square, and they swear to themselves they are located in downtown with those prices. lol.
  24. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Council erects "firewall" around mayor By: SESHADRI KUMAR, Reporter, HCN, 03/08/05 Sugar Land City Council members have expressed their "disappointment" over Mayor David Wallace's business relation with a developer who plans to redevelop the Imperial Sugar Mill property. City council has concurred with City Manager Allen Bogard's proposal to create a "firewall" between Wallace and the Imperial redevelopment project. Bogard released a press statement last week, incorporating Mayor pro-tem Cyril Hosley's comments. The statement is believed to be the result of a consensus among all council members that their concern be made public. Simultaneously, Wallace also issued a statement, as requested by Bogard. Hosley states, "I am very disappointed that Mayor Wallace's business interest has put the City in this situation. The City Council cannot force the mayor to choose between his business interest and his political career. Therefore, I want to assure the citizens that decisions we make are in no way influenced by the Mayor or his relationships. I believe that my fellow City Council members join me in my concern for the Mayor's relationship with Perry Interests and the perception it has created. I am confident the City Manager, the staff, and the City Council will provide a reliable process resulting in continued quality development that is in the best interest of the City of Sugar Land." Bogard says he has been continuously thinking through the many challenges that have and will come before the City since the announcement regarding the sale of the Imperial Sugar Property, two weeks ago. "This is a critical project for our City - the potential impact on our neighboring residential and business communities and the preservation of our history." Bogard adds, "The relationship of Mayor Wallace and Perry Interests has created an additional challenge for the City in ensuring the integrity of the development process to the public." Bogard has asked Wallace to relinquish his involvement in all aspects of this project and make a public statement to that effect. "I believe we must create a "firewall" around the Mayor regarding this project. I commit to the citizens of Sugar Land to provide due diligence on their behalf and uphold their confidence in an open, trustworthy development process," Bogard says. Bogard will serve as the single point of contact for the developer and will lead his team of professionals at the City to work with the developer through the public development process established by ordinance. A meeting was held last week with Cherokee Investments and their team to make introductions. This was the first of many meetings to occur. At the City Council Meeting on March 15, Bogard will request the creation of a City Manager Task Force made up of three city council members to serve as a sounding board and to provide oversight for the project as he and the staff enter into negotiations with the developer. Additionally, Bogard will be presenting and asking the city council to approve a resolution that outlines the City's intent for the property including the need for a Development Agree-ment to adequately address the various aspects of the project, the project plan, and project timing. Hosley concurs with Bogard that his approach allows the city to begin on the right path to ensure that the development /redevelopment process proceeds in a timely, efficient, open and trustworthy manner. Hosley adds, "The Imperial Sugar project is very important to all of us. We are excited about the involvement of Cherokee Investments. Their experience in projects of this nature indicate an ability to develop this site in a manner consistent with the vision and goals of our City." Councilman Russell Jones says the strategy being developed by council and the city manager should be given a chance. "I would like it to work. At this stage, I am not asking for the mayor's resignation. If that strategy does not work, then we will have to revisit the issue," Jones says. Councilman Tom Abraham echoes the sentiment of other council members and says what the mayor did was unfortunate. He would work his best to ensure that people have confidence in the process that is being proposed to deal with the Imperial redevelopment project. Councilman Dennis Parmar says he would have liked the mayor to have his business dealings elsewhere and not in the city. "We as city council and residents need to have some questions answered," Parmar says. The Imperial redevelopment is way too important and to ensure that the project is not harmed in any way, rules of engagement need to be defined so that it builds trust in the process, he says. Mayor's statement Following is the statement issued by Wallace: "At the request of our City Manager and my fellow City Council Members, I am offering this statement to the public regarding my non-involvement with the sale and future redevelopment of the Imperial Sugar Property. Imperial Sugar announced on February 18 that a preliminary agreement had been reached with Cherokee Investments and W.C. Perry Land Development for the sale of the Sugar Mill property in Sugar Land. As I previously stated, I have consummated a business transaction with W. C. Perry Realty Investment Fund, LP and W. C. Perry Properties, LP whereby I will serve as Chairman of the Investment Committee. This business involvement is not associated in any way with W.C. Perry Land Development, LP, or any other entity involved in the Imperial transaction. I have relocated my business office to Perry's office in Sugar Land in early January. I would like to reiterate that neither I, nor the W.C. Perry Realty Investment Fund, LP or W.C. Perry Properties, LP, will have any economic interest, either directly or indirectly, to either W.C. Perry Land Development, LP, Cher-okee Investment or Imperial Sugar, and I (including W.C. Perry Realty Investment Fund, LP & W.C. Perry Properties, LP) have not or will not benefit directly or indirectly, from any such transaction. In consultation with the City Manager and the City Council, I agree and am fully aware that I have a responsibility to the public and am therefore providing this additional commitment. I am committing that I will relinquish any and all involvement in all aspects of the Imperial Sugar Property Sale and redevelopment. This includes any involvement regarding this project with City officials, the developer and development team, Imperial Sugar Company and the city staff. This also includes any and all involvement with State Representatives, the General Land Office and other members involved in the sale of the adjacent property known as Tract 3. Lastly, from and after the date of this statement, I relinquish all of my discussions regarding the Imperial project with representatives of adjoining properties, neighborhood interests, and all of the public as well as the media (except for statements pertaining to my non-involvement). I join the City Manager and my fellow City Council Members in taking this additional step in ensuring an abundance of precaution regarding this project. I ask the public to respect this position and direct all inquiries regarding the project to the City Manager." Management district In a related development, Perry Land Development on Feb. 23 published a full page notice of intention to introduce a bill in the Texas Legislature toward creating a special management district for the Imperial property. The city was caught by surprise and had no idea why such a move was made without even informing the city. City council, at a workshop presided by Wallace on March 1, discussed the notice and directed the city manager to oppose the bill, if necessary. Will Perry of Perry Land Development told the Fort Bend Sun that there was insufficient time to initiate the legislative process and the company's attorneys had to rush to print the notice as a 30-day notice was required before introducing the bill. Bogard said Perry had explained the circumstances and apologized for what happened. Perry says his attorneys are preparing a brief to explain to the city why such a management district is needed for redeveloping the property. If the city is not satisfied with the need for a management district, the bill will not be filed, he says. Perry has about a year to conclude the deal with the Imperial Sugar Mill.
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