Sugar Land locks up $6M prison purchaseSugar Land locks up $6M prison purchasehttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=132822016-05-24T05:00:00Z2016-05-23T17:00:00Z

​​SUGAR LAND - The Sugar Land City Council will purchase 258 acres of land at the closed Central Unit prison facility at Hwy. 6 and 90 for nearly $6 million.

Sugar Land City Council is moving forward with the purchase of the 258-acre Central Unit prison site near Sugar Land Regional Airport.

The city plans to build a public safety training center on 22 acres of the land, while 121 would be reserved for a potential business park.

The city is planning a preliminary engineering workshop to discuss the training center in June.

Additionally, 95 acres would be used for access and development for the Sugar Land Regional Airport.

Twenty-one acres of the property are undevelopable wetlands costing $1,000.

The land is owned by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice until the city takes over.

Although the city will be clearing 96 buildings on the site, it is not allowed to modify the main prison building because it was designated a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark in 2003.

The city qualified for a Federal Administration Aviation grant that will cover nearly 90 percent of $3.3 million for the land, which means the city will ultimately be responsible for just over $3 million for the purchase.

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