Sugar Land Town Square
Sugar Land, Texas
About the Project
Sugar Land Town Square is a 1,400,000 square feet, 32 acres office and shopping complex in Sugar Land, Texas, United States. The complex, developed by Planned Community Developers Ltd. (PCD), owned by Sugarland Properties Inc., and located at the intersection of Interstate 69/U.S. Highway 59 and Texas State Highway 6, includes Sugar Land’s City Hall and the corporate headquarters of Minute Maid, CVR Energy and the North American operations of the Cosentino Group. The development, a part of the First Colony development, has office space, condominiums, retail stores, restaurants, and a hotel. Sugar Land Town Square is located 19 miles from Downtown Houston.
Sugar Land Town Square was first envisioned in 1996 as a new central business district for the City of Sugar Land. Planned Community Developers Ltd In 2000 Sugarland Properties began to search for the first tenant of the complex; the developers had $31 million in financing on hand. The developers intended to create an urban atmosphere in the project. The first phase consisted of a six-story, 150,000 square feet office building and 60,000 square feet – 80,000 square feet of retail space. The development, patterned after Reston Town Center in Reston, Virginia, opened on one of the final parcels of land remaining to be developed in the First Colony project, also created by Sugarland Properties. The soft opening of the Marriott hotel was celebrated on October 1, 2003.
As part of its 2005 Landmark Awards, the Houston Business Journal (HBJ) ranked Sugar Land Town Square as having the “Best Community Impact.” Christine Hall of the HBJ said that the complex “gives the Fort Bend suburban “urban” feel.”
As part of the second phase of development for the center, Planned Community Developers announced in 2005 that it would build a six-story office and retail building that would be the first Class A office building in Sugar Land. Planned Community Developers planned to build two smaller office and retail buildings near the large office building. Planned Community Developers Ltd. began constructing the office building in July 2006. The Coca-Cola Company began negotiating for 120,000 square feet of space in the building. The City of Sugar Land approved a $2.4 million incentive to get Minute Maid to move its headquarters from the 2000 St. James Place building in Houston to Sugar Land Town Center. Minute Maid was required to place the logo on the headquarters building and refer to its headquarters as being in Sugar Land. Minute Maid opened its headquarters on February 16, 2009.
On October 30, 2007, Planned Community Developers broke ground on the final two buildings, together with 200,000 square feet of space, to be developed in the center. At the same time, the company planned to sell the entire complex once the two last buildings were finished. The buildings not put up for sale, the Sugar Land City Hall, the hotels, and the condominiums, were owned by other entities.
Creation of Special Districts, Strategic Planning and management oversight
The overall project has become an icon for the city of Sugar Land. It has been a very successful economic development tool for the city, and has become an award-winning development which has caused some of the most respected companies to relocate their world headquarters to Sugar Land.