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I'm not saying this is correct, but Google Maps has the area extend all the way west up to River Oaks with Shepherd as the boundary line.

 

Edit: Then again.. those boundaries have Montrose taking up a significant portion of Fourth Ward and a little bit of Downtown even, so that has to be wrong.

 

I didn't know Montrose had an Amtrak station AND an aquarium!

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Where could an Alamo drafthouse fit in Midtown?

 

I have not a single clue but Alamo Drafthouse had plans to open in Midtown. I'm not sure if they scrapped them or not but Midtown and The Museum District need a theater that offers more than the one at the museum of fine arts and River Oaks theater and closer than Edwards.

Never mind I missed this part in the article:

It's planning another in the Regent Square development slated for a site near Allen Parkway and Dunlavy.

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Alamo Drafthouse to Imperial Market...wow! Would have thought an arthouse-focused, non-brewery-cinema would have gone into that space, especially considering Flix Brewhouse further down 90 at the Telfair development.

 

It will be very interesting to see how two brewery-cinema combinations will pan out in Sugar Land, and whether or not these cinemas will feature the arthouse films that are of interest to folks in and around SL, especially those who can't see themselves seeing a movie at the AMC near First Colony Mall.

 

But what's also interesting is the large amount of space devoted to restaurants including in the silos and near the "Pink Lady" that's fixing to become aloft (assuming Marriott does not dissolve the brand in its purchase of Starwood). Imperial Market's developers are surely taking cues from Hughes Landing in The Woodlands which has its own iteration of a "Restaurant Row", except in the case of Imperial Market the experience is likely going to be more authentic and probably scenic in comparison.

 

Don't expect a Christian's Tailgate, though...that apparently has already been earmarked for Telfair.

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If the Alamo Drafthouse plans had been released first, I doubt Flix would have seriously considered a site just a mile away. One has to wonder if they might rethink their plans. Of course, World of Beer moved into Sugar Land Town Square after the Flying Saucer, and they draw completely different clientele, so who knows?

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The boutique hotel, housed within the 90-year old iconic Char House building at Imperial Market, will be named Char House Hotel. According to the website:

 

 

Imperial Market will feature a 185 room boutique hotel, housed within the 90-year old iconic Char House building. With its unique architecture and distinctive history, the Char House is uniquely suited for an upscale boutique hotel conversion. The hotel design will assimilate, complement, and incorporate the historic features of the building and its fixtures in such a way as to honor and preserve the character of the original building.

 

The hotel will service discerning business and leisure travelers alike and will provide state-of-the-art meeting and conference space which will be attractive for business meetings, weddings, community functions and a wide variety of other events. In addition, a rooftop lounge will offer stunning views that can only be seen from the Char House. The landmark Imperial Sugar sign will remain in place at the roof line and will continue to be seen for miles, leading travelers to the Char House hotel at Imperial Market.

 

The character of the Char House will be preserved and the building will be restored to its very best days.    Various industrial elements contained within the building will be carefully incorporated into the design of the hotel.

 

Upon completion of careful renovations, which will respect and preserve the history of the Char House, a stunning new boutique hotel will arise, capturing the history of the building, with integrity and a sense of aesthetics to ensure that guests will know that they are staying at the best in boutique hotel accomodations within the Char House Hotel at Imperial Market.    A sampling of conceptual finishes provide a view of the end product that will provide for a source of civic pride, as the Char House will return to a vibrant, productive use.

 

 

 

Per the Chronicle this summer:

 

 

The eight-story char house, built in 1925, will become a 120-room Aloft Hotel, part of a Starwood-owned chain of boutique hotels. An adjacent building with 10,000 square feet of conference space with a fitness center will also be developed.

This would make three Aloft hotels in the Houston area. Does anyone think a W hotel will follow soon? I don't understand as the fourth largest city in the country and largest in the south, that the area doesn't have one.

Here's more detailed information about the development from a city of Sugar Land planning meeting in November

 

https://www.sugarlandtx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/10291

http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/10406

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I'm sorry that the Independent Boutique Hotel concept has been eliminated.  Alofts are fun and decent hotels, but not really all that special after the first couple of times you've stayed at them.  They are just a formulaic chain. 

I wonder if the rooftop lounge will still be incorporated. 

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I'm sorry that the Independent Boutique Hotel concept has been eliminated.  Alofts are fun and decent hotels, but not really all that special after the first couple of times you've stayed at them.  They are just a formulaic chain. 

I wonder if the rooftop lounge will still be incorporated. 

My exact sentiments.

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The boutique hotel, housed within the 90-year old iconic Char House building at Imperial Market, will be named Char House Hotel. According to the website:

 

Per the Chronicle this summer:

 

This would make three Aloft hotels in the Houston area. Does anyone think a W hotel will follow soon? I don't understand as the fourth largest city in the country and largest in the south, that the area doesn't have one.

 

It seems the only mention of it being an Aloft are in the Chronicle's very brief article from last summer.  Given that the development's own website does not mention "Aloft" at all, it seems there's a very good chance, that, if it was ever planned to be an Aloft, perhaps those plans have changed. (and there's at least as good of a chance that Aloft was never in the plans at all and the Chron just got it wrong.)  Interesting to note, also, that the developer's website says it will be a 185-room boutique hotel, while the Chron says the Aloft was going to be 120 rooms.

 

FWIW, if this actually going to be an Aloft, it would make five Aloft hotels in the Houston area:

 

1. the existing Aloft by the Galleria

2. Aloft downtown scheduled to open in June 2016

3.  Aloft Houston West (Katy) scheduled to open in 2 years

4. Aloft Shenandoah (Woodlands) scheduled to open in 2 years.

 

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oh.  I think I got it backwards then. I thought the latest report was that it was going to be an Aloft. 

Go independent boutique brand!

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It seems the only mention of it being an Aloft are in the Chronicle's very brief article from last summer.  Given that the development's own website does not mention "Aloft" at all, it seems there's a very good chance, that, if it was ever planned to be an Aloft, perhaps those plans have changed. (and there's at least as good of a chance that Aloft was never in the plans at all and the Chron just got it wrong.)  Interesting to note, also, that the developer's website says it will be a 185-room boutique hotel, while the Chron says the Aloft was going to be 120 rooms.

 

FWIW, if this actually going to be an Aloft, it would make five Aloft hotels in the Houston area:

 

1. the existing Aloft by the Galleria

2. Aloft downtown scheduled to open in June 2016

3.  Aloft Houston West (Katy) scheduled to open in 2 years

4. Aloft Shenandoah (Woodlands) scheduled to open in 2 years.

 

 

I didn't know about Aloft construction in Katy and Shenadoah. Thanks. Regardless, instead of more Alofts a W hotel should be in Houston. Dallas and Austin has one, why doesn't Houston?

As for the proposed Aloft in Sugar Land, I don't think it's scrapped, at least not yet.

From Imperial's own website:

 

  • Imperial Market will be comprised of 275,000 sf of upscale retail and restaurant space, 86,400 sf of “A” quality office space, a 295,000 sf, 275 unit luxury residential complex, and a 96,500 sf - 120 room high end Aloft boutique hotel.

 

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oh.  I think I got it backwards then. I thought the latest report was that it was going to be an Aloft. 

Go independent boutique brand!

 

The latest report from this summer was the change to Aloft. There hasn't been an update on Imperial Market to reflect the change but there hasn't been a retraction from Houston Chronicle to say that Aloft won't be apart of this development.

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More on Sugar Land's Imperial Market from a marketing brochere released in late November from Garrett Retail:
 

 

- The Char House will be renovated into a 185-room boutique hotel, welcoming visitors to Imperial Market.

- The Engineering Building will house a fine dining establishment

- The Sugar Silos will feature a well known Houston restaurant company with the potential for a rooftop lounge

- The Container Warehoue will be the home of the Houston Children's Museum, Sugar Land CVB and Sugar Land Heritage Foundation

- The 3-Bay Warehouse will be renovated for use by a variety of discerning national and local retail tenants

- The Smoke Stacks from the northern terminus of the expansive Central Green linear park in the heart of Imperial Market.

- New home of Sugar Land Farmers Market
 

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According to city council documents there will be penthouses and oher luxury rooms within the Char House Hotel or Imperial Aloft that will have a cooking area.

 

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Another rendering and updated site plan for Sugar Land's Imperial Market from a marketing brochere released in late November from Garrett Retail:


Proposed 274 high-end residential apartment units to be designed/built by Sueba USA.
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Updated site plan for Imperial Market as of November 28, 2015:
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District Lofts - 20% funded.

 

Imperial Refinery District Lofts will be a premier Class "A" development, pioneered by Houston EB5 and the award-winning Houston based real estate developer Sueba USA Corporation. The meticulously designed project will encompass 273 units and will include a comprehensive amenity package. As part of the Imperial Sugar Land master-planned community, residents will have access to all of the city's hospitality and entertainment venues plus convenient access to Downtown Houston.

 

http://houstoneb5.com/project_DistrictLofts.cfm

 

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From Sugar Land Community Impact yesterday:
 

 

Imperial Market—the future mixed-use development at the site of the former Imperial Sugar plant in Sugar Land planned by Geoffrey Jones and James Murnane—will break ground in March and is scheduled to open in summer 2017. The 850,000-square-foot development will feature a 274-unit luxury multifamily complex as well as 106,000 square feet of Class A office space, a 185-room boutique hotel, 275,000 square feet of upscale retail space and more than 2 acres of park and green space. The development landed Alamo Drafthouse as one of its first major tenants in December.

 

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The Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, located within Imperial Market at 198 Kempner St, will hold its ribbon cutting grand opening May 28, 2016. The Discovery Center will occupy a 10,000 square foot restored building and house six exhibits with an additional outdoor space. This is Imperial Market’s first retailer to open in its much-awaited commercial property development on U.S. Route 90 in Sugar Land.  (From Katy News)

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5 minutes ago, CrockpotandGravel said:

The Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, located within Imperial Market at 198 Kempner St, will hold its ribbon cutting grand opening May 28, 2016. The Discovery Center will occupy a 10,000 square foot restored building and house six exhibits with an additional outdoor space. This is Imperial Market’s first retailer to open in its much-awaited commercial property development on U.S. Route 90 in Sugar Land.  (From Katy News)

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What is going on with that facade?

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As of a January Planning & Zoning Commission meeting, there may be plans for a hotel and restaurants to be located on the west side of the development, just northwest of the ballpark. 

https://communityimpact.com/houston/sugar-land-missouri-city/city-county/2017/01/30/sugar-land-commissioners-hear-plans-site-near-constellation-field/

 

This week, the terms of an agreement for the Heritage Museum were finalized. The City's Visitor Center and Heritage Museum will be located on the 2nd floor of a warehouse under renovation at this time. The Children's Discovery Center will be on the first floor. The agreement also says for the Heritage Museum to be open by June 1st.

 

https://communityimpact.com/houston/sugar-land-missouri-city/city-county/2017/02/23/things-know-tuesdays-sugar-land-city-council-meeting/

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From RedNews last month:

After years of work, construction on Sugar Land’s Imperial Market will get underway this fall. “Now is kind of the fun part,” says Nick Hernandez, managing director of Transwestern Retail.

“We're putting the tenant mix together and doing the deals. I think the only part better than this is when we open it to the public.” Imperial Market is also unique due to its location: the former Imperial Sugar refinery. Founded in what would become Sugar Land in 1843, the company’s refinery ran for more than 150 years before it was shuttered in 2003. Designed by architectural firm HOK and built by Harvey Builders, the 777,500-square-foot project will utilize most of the property's existing building, the silos and smokestacks.

...The project will include nearly 270,000 square feet of retail and restaurants, some of which will be in the property’s historic Three-Bay Warehouse. The nearby Char House is set to become a 120-room Aloft Hotel, utilizing the historic building’s varying floor heights and large windows"
 

“How do we choose the kind of entertainment that we're bringing in? How do we control the sound, so it's not intrusive?” Mandel says, listing some of the questions park leaders are mulling. “Because of this new neighborhood around us that has bars and clubs that stay open much later, the park is going to have to look at staying open much later.” That’s why, he says, lighting is a real focus right now “We’re going to need a much more well-lit environment to keep people safe - as is the addition of more restrooms.

https://issuu.com/rednews/docs/rednews_july_2017_southeast_texas

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From Houston Business Journal today:

 

In around two years, Sugar Land's old Imperial Sugar refinery area will be redeveloped into Imperial Market, a $200 million historic mixed-use project led by the developers behind downtown's Houston Pavilions, now known as Green Street.
 

Recently, the project secured a co-working tenant, which could signal the industry's broader push into Houston's suburbs.
 

Rye, New York-based Serendipity Labs will occupy 15,939 square feet in the mixed-use development, per a Serendipity Labs spokesperson. The company made its first splash in Houston last year when it signed an exclusive franchising agreement with Houston-based Cameron Management and announced its plans to open 10 locations throughout the Bayou City.
 

Gensler will design Serendipity Labs' space in Imperial Market.
 

https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2017/08/22/exclusive-imperial-sugar-mixed-use-lands-co.html

 

 

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Another update via The Chronicle:

 

https://www.chron.com/business/real-estate/article/Imperial-Market-property-sold-in-foreclosure-sale-13372976.php#photo-10766466

 

From the article:

 

"Geoffrey Jones, one of the developers, said the property will be conveyed back to Imperial Market Development once a construction loan is secured. A substitute trustee's deed filed with the county cites a default, however, Jones said his group has been meeting its obligations.

He said the project is around 60 percent preleased, with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema as its lead tenant. Construction, which has been delayed, is expected to start at the beginning of next year."

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