The Sugar Land 4B Corporation this week approved providing $1 million in funding to develop land that will more than double the size of Mayfield Park.
Plans call for acquiring 2.6 acres of land adjacent to Mayfield Park from Johnson Development Corp. and adding a number of amenities, including a playground, basketball court, picnic shelter and a path for walking and biking that will loop around the inner edge of the park, circling a large open green space in the middle, according to a presentation to the 4B Corp. by Joe Chesser, director of the parks and recreation department.
Mayfair Park is located at the southeast corner of Avenue D and Ulrich Street. The 2.6-acre acquisition will create a long, narrow park stretching along Avenue D, spanning the distance between Ulrich and Guyer streets.
Johnson Development is planning to build residential housing along the southern edge of the new park, Chesser said. Site plans also depict a future street separating the parkland from the new residences, although the source of funding to build the street was not specified.
Chesser said the 1.5-acre Mayfield Park is the oldest in the city.
“It’s due for a renovation,” he said.
A small parking lot located along Avenue D will stay in place.
“People will normally be coming on bike or foot to a place like this,” he said.
Chesser said construction could start in June and will take about 145 days to complete.
The $1 million in funding approved includes the cost of construction administration and materials testing, Chesser said.
Stipulations for TSTC approved
In other business, the 4B Corp. directors agreed on basic stipulations for a performance agreement with Texas State Technical College as part of a $100,000 grant from the city to help TSTC pay for a new building in Rosenberg.
The 4B directors agreed TSTC should be required to provide receipts showing the $100,000 was spent on equipment and personal property specifically to furnish and equip the new building, which is now under construction. TSTC should also provide the city with the number of Sugar Land jobs it helps to create or retain each year for the next 10 years, along with yearly enrollment figures and educational degrees awarded, including the city each recipient lives in.
City staff will draw up the formal performance agreement that will include the stipulations agreed upon, and a public hearing on the final agreement will be held in May, prior to its final approval, said Robert Lung, Sugar Land’s assistant director of economic development.
The Sugar Land City Council approved the $100,000 grant in February.