Shopping district Sugar Land Town Square has been recognized by the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association as part of the 2022 Great Places in Texas program, joining a list of other local public spaces such as Discovery Green and Buffalo Bayou, which were recognized in the past.

According to a June 30 news release, the recognition comes from a selection process that evaluates a variety of planning factors, including design, functionality, sustainability, character, quality and community participation. Sugar Land Town Square was recognized because of its planning excellence, city leadership and community partnerships, according to the release.

“We’re honored to receive this designation from the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association and proud to see Sugar Land acknowledged as a leader within our state," said Ruth Lohmer, Sugar Land long-range city planner, in the release. “Sugar Land Town Square plaza is at the center of one of our community’s great assets, Town Square, one of the many amenities that makes our city a great place to live, work and play. Having this robust, enjoyable space in Sugar Land furthers its diverse economy, enhancing the quality of life for residents.”

The recognition comes after recent improvements to Sugar Land Town Square by Lionstone with support by real estate company Rebees, including increased shade and canopy coverage as well as casual outdoor seating space coupled with additional green area for guests to enjoy year-round. This joins other upgrades, including revamped landscaping, fresh branding and refaced tenant storefronts, according to the release.

“The designation as a Great Public Space in Texas truly signifies the decades-long diligence and partnership with city officials in creating a space that builds community, supports local businesses and has become iconic in the region,” said Wende Buckley, a principal with Planned Community Developers, in the news release.

PCD was the original developer of Sugar Land Town Square and continues as the lead for the project in property management and office leasing and programming for activities in the plaza.