Retail plans for site near Constellation Field get fine-tuning

Plans for a hotel, a restaurant and other commercial space near Constellation Field picked up steam Thursday, as the Sugar Land Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the development proposal for the second time in less than two months.

The commissioners called for more fine-tuning of the language and details contained in the plans. For example, the plans call for allowing those retail businesses on the site to display merchandise outdoors, but commissioners told the applicant to add language barring the hotel and restaurant from doing so.

The location of the restaurant’s dumpster was also a sticking point, as plans seemed to call for the dumpster to be placed very close to where food would be delivered.

“I wouldn’t want to eat in a place where they’re bringing in the meat and the vegetables right by the dumpster,” said Commissioner Carl Stephens.

The review of the site plans is part of a request from Stan Winter, a representative of engineering firm Jones Carter, to rezone the 20.2-acre site that is within walking distance of Constellation Field. The site is located at the southeast corner of Imperial Boulevard and Hwy. 6.

“This development is intended to serve as a gateway into Imperial coming off Highway six,” Winter told the commission.

At a review of the proposal in late January, the commission directed Winter to make a number of changes to the plans, including relocating placement of trees, clarifying the maximum height of the hotel, and specifying the types of businesses allowed in the development.

No time estimate was given for when the proposal might go before city council for final approval.


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