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Cultural entertainment district

Cultural Entertainment District


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Cultural Entertainment District

  • Goal:

    • Create a series of venues that provide a variety of year-round entertainment activities for all ages that tie into both UH and community programs and activities


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Cultural Entertainment District


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Cultural Entertainment District

  • Vision Task Force recommended creating a Cultural/Entertainment District with the following elements:

    • Festival Site

    • Indoor Concert Venue

    • Minor League Ballpark

    • Cultural Arts Venue / Performing Arts Academy

    • Full Service Hotel & Convention Center

  • City Council adopted the conceptual site plan for the Cultural/Entertainment District on April 15, 2008


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Entertainment District – Conceptual Site Plan

Cultural Entertainment District – Approved Conceptual Site Plan


Cultural entertainment district approved conceptual site plan

US 59

Proposed Entertainment District

U of H

Hotel/Convention Center

Cultural Arts Venue

Minor League Ballpark

Concert Venue

Festival Site

Brazos Park Phase II

Cultural Entertainment District – Approved Conceptual Site Plan


Development criteria

Development Criteria

  • Project Cannot rely on general property taxes

  • Project cannot degrade quality of life in:

    • Traffic

    • Safety

    • Noise


First projects

First Projects

  • Indoor Concert Venue

  • Minor League Baseball

  • Festival Site


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First Projects

  • Indoor Concert Venue

    • ~6,500 Seats

    • Similar in Design and Function to Nokia Theaters in Grand Prairie, TX and Los Angeles, CA


First projects2

First Projects

  • Minor League Baseball

    • ~4,000 seats to 10,000 Seats

    • Market Opportunity for Independent Team or Affiliated Team ( AA or AAA)

  • Festival Site

    • Provides green space, public art opportunity, …

    • Address growing community need

    • Tied to Brazos Park


Potential funding

Potential Funding

  • Existing 4A and 4B sales tax funds

  • Direct project/venue revenues


4a corporation

4A Corporation

  • Existing ¼ Cent Sales tax adopted in 1993 for Economic Development

  • Has been used successfully on a number of projects including,

    • First Colony Mall, U of H, Town Square, US 59, Various Econ Dev projects….

  • 4A funds - CANNOT be used to fund City operations


Project funding 4a corporation

Project Funding - 4A Corporation

  • 4A Funding – Existing Sales Tax for Economic Development

    • US 59 Project successful – Project winding down & freeing up capacity

    • Similar to US 59 Project in that a public vote will be required


Project funding 4b corporation

Project Funding – 4B Corporation

  • 4B Funding – Existing Sales Tax for Economic Development

    • Does not require election

    • Would require public hearing for project types

    • Available funding capacity


4b corporation

4B Corporation

  • Existing ¼ Cent Sales tax adopted in 1995 for Economic Development

  • Has been used successfully on a number of projects including,

    • Parks projects (Imperial Park, Lost Creek, Oyster Creek, …)

    • First Colony Mall, U of H, Town Square, US 59, Various Econ Dev projects….

  • 4A funds - CANNOT be used to fund City operations


Ballot proposition

Ballot Proposition

  • Two Elements

    • Expansion of existing authority of 4A

    • Venue Taxes

  • Four Ballot Propositions

    • Two for 4A

    • Two for Venue Taxes


Previous expansion of 4a corp

Previous Expansion of 4A Corp

  • In 1998 Sugar Land voters approved expansion of 4A Corporation’s Authority to undertake US 59 Expansion.


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4A Corporation

  • If passed, the propositions WOULD expand the authority of an existing tool to be able to use as a funding source for Cultural/Entertainment District

  • If passed, the proposition - WOULD NOT

    • increase sales tax rate or

    • impact residents property taxes


Venue taxes

Venue Taxes

  • Ticket Tax of up to 10% face value of the tickets sold in the Cultural / Entertainment District

  • Parking Tax of up to $3.00 per car. Would apply only to parking in the Cultural / Entertainment District

  • 2% Increase in Hotel Occupancy Tax Rate. Rate would increase from current 7% to proposed 9%. Would apply to all hotel rooms rented in Sugar Land


Ballot propositions 4a corp

Ballot Propositions - 4A Corp

  • Two Propositions

  • Proposition A – Minor League Baseball

  • Proposition B – Indoor Concert Venue and Festival site


Ballot propositions venue taxes

Ballot Propositions – Venue Taxes

  • Two Propositions

  • Proposition C – Minor League Baseball

  • Proposition D – Indoor Concert Venue and Festival site


Election dates

Election Dates

  • Mon 10/20 – 1st Day Early Voting in Person

  • Sat 10/25 – Wknd Early Voting in Person

  • Tue 10/28 – Last Day to apply for mail ballot

  • Fri 10/31 – Last Day Early Voting in Person

  • Tue 11/4 – ELECTION DAY


Questions

Questions


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