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What next for Sugar Land prison property?

Now that the Central Unit in Sugar Land has been closed, what will happen to the empty facility?

The fate of the Central Unit site will be decided by the three-member School Land Board, which oversees real estate investments on behalf of the $26 billion Permanent University Fund.

The board is chaired by Texas General Land Office Commissioner Jerry Patterson.

“Our staff is going to look at the land value – the property minus the structure,” land office spokesman Jim Suydam said. “We’ll look at historical considerations and access considerations. It’ll probably be a year before anything happens.”

Sugar Land city officials hope to develop the property to support the Sugar Land Business Park, which is near capacity, city spokesman Doug Adolph said.

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The final decision about the property, however, will be up to the School Land Board. The prison system still owns the property, said Suydam, and the land board could either buy it or serve as a broker to sell it to another party.

Sugar Land city officials hope they get the opportunity to buy the property.

One way or another, you can be certain it will look very different in a few years’ time. That should be good for everyone.

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