Sugar Land's Imperial Sugar Refinery gets another life

New development won't forget iconic refinery's roots
  • The Imperial Sugar Refinery will begin construction this year and be finished by late 2017.
  • The 165-acre former manufacturing facility will include 274 apartment units, a movie theater, restaurants and retail space.
  • The refinery closed in 2003 and developers have been planning the renovation for almost ten years.

The Imperial Sugar Refinery in Sugar Land, Texas, closed in 2003, leaving only the skeleton of a manufacturing plant that helped build the entire city of Sugar Land. However, a breathe of life was given to the area when Johnson Development moved on with plans to continue developing mixed-use retail at the location.