Stories to watch in 2019: Imperial Market developers to oversee project despite foreclosure documents

An exact groundbreaking date has yet to be set for Imperial Market in Sugar Land.

An exact groundbreaking date has yet to be set for Imperial Market in Sugar Land.

What we reported: Imperial Market—a mixed-use development at the old Imperial Sugar factory in Sugar Land—was announced in 2015. After several delays, Community Impact Newspaper submitted a records request to the city. As of Sept. 19, the site had no active permits. District 1 Council Member Steve Porter said in October the developers had roughly 80 percent of funding for the project.

The latest: Despite foreclosure documents from Fort Bend County records dated Oct. 2, Imperial Market developers James Murnane and Geoff Jones said they will continue overseeing the property. The document transferred the title from their original single-purpose entity to a new single-purpose entity in preparations for the start of construction, they said. Murnane said leasing is going well. No exact groundbreaking date has been set for the development as of Dec. 20.

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