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Cultural Entertainment District. 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. 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
  • 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
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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