When Planned Community Developers were ready to develop a “lifestyle center” in the heart of First Colony, they turned to Costello for the necessary engineering and surveying services. Having been the engineer for First Colony for decades, Costello was primed to assist the developer on this new venture. Sugar Land City Hall is the “anchor” of the 32-acre center located at the southeast corner of US 59 & State Highway 6 in the heart of First Colony. The project also includes a 300-room full-service Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, mid-rise residential units, 450,000 square feet of office space, with 235,000 square feet of upscale retail and restaurants and a 1.4-acre pedestrian plaza in a walkable downtown setting.
In the original master plan for First Colony, this area was zoned B-2, a Business Reserve. Therefore, for the developers to go forward with their plans for a Planned Development, re-zoning was required. Costello assisted the developer in having the property re-zoned by providing necessary exhibits, infrastructure cost estimates and, ultimately, platting the proposed changes. The overall re-zoning effort included close coordination with the City of Sugar Land Planning & Zoning Commission as well as with the City Council.
Costello’s responsibilities included site grading, platting, design and construction surveys, the design of water, sewer, and drainage facilities, and paving for the entire development, including City Hall. Costello was also responsible for providing construction phase services. The project required close coordination with the architect and regulatory authorities, as well as mechanical, electrical and plumbing sub-consultants.
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