Despite all the controversy that's dogged the project, the Imperial Sugar Land master-planned community being built at the site of the old Imperial Sugar Land Company headquarters is moving full speed ahead.
The first renderings of the homes have been released and the sales operations is ratcheting up.
The Johnson Development Corporation has revealed that the first residential neighborhoods in Imperial Sugar Land, located at Highway 6 and Highway 90A, will include 116 patio homes, some with waterfront views, and 27 single and two-story townhomes that will face Imperial Boulevard.
"The new patio homes and townhomes are designed to appeal to empty nesters who have raised families in Sugar Land."
"The new patio homes and townhomes, both with custom features, are designed to appeal to empty nesters who have raised families in Sugar Land but prefer to stay in the area in a low-maintenance home," according to a Johnson Development statement.
The patio homes will range in size from 1,800 to 4,000 square feet.
Construction is set to begin in early 2014.
Operations at the sugar refinery closed down in May 2003 and the Houston suburb has tried its best to preserve the iconic structures like the Imperial Sugar Mill.
The planned development will include a combination of retail spaces, offices, entertainment, civic buildings, residential, and open spaces. Imperial is being touted as a "pedestrian friendly" community.