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SUGAR LAND, TX-Sugar Land gets an early Christmas gift, with the groundbreaking of a 32-acre town square. The mixed-use project will boast 200,000 sf of retail space, 750,000 sf of class A office space, 300-room Marriott, conference center and new city hall.

The Ft. Bend County community is situated southwest of Houston. The town square will be positioned at the intersection of US Highway 59 and Texas 6. Completion is scheduled for summer 2003.

The town square portion will include a 1.7-acre public plaza commemorating the history of Ft. Bend County, which dates back 180 years to the arrival of the first settlers in Stephen F. Austin’s colony in Texas. The public plaza, which is being developed by Sugarland Properties, will be paved with granite and contain landscaping elements of a park setting, including a border of 35-foot-tall live oaks.

David Smith of SLA Studio Land architects is the landscape designer. “The design concept of the plaza rests first on its purpose as a civic space, attended to by the new city hall of Sugar Land. The elements of the plaza have been placed to pay respect to that institution by framing the front door of the building,” says Smith.

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