Development updates in Conroe and Montgomery

Grand Central Park

Grand Central Park

Many of these commercial or residential projects were announced or in progress last year. Here’s what is happening now.

336 Marketplace

The first retailers at 336 Marketplace in Conroe are expected to open in 2018. The commercial development is located on South Loop 336 West in Grand Central Park, near the I-45 intersection. Kroger Marketplace will host a grand opening ceremony Jan. 26, and other shops are expected to open in early 2018. Retail chain store Ross is scheduled to open March 10.

Grand Central Park

Grand Central Park is under development by Johnson Development Corp. The developer broke ground on the project in 2015 and has since completed construction of about 158 homes at the community’s West Village, which will feature about 550 homes upon build-out. Home construction continues in 2018. Homebuilders include Village Builders, David Weekley Homes, Perry Homes, Coventry Homes, Darling Homes, Drees Custom Homes and Jaeger Homes. A small pocket park, Trillium Park, opened at the community in late 2017.

Heritage Place Plaza II

Heritage Place Plaza II is a project by local developer Cheatham Management at the intersection of Houston Street and Hwy. 105 in Montgomery. Tenants for the project includes medical office space for the Houston Methodist Primary Care Group and Woodlands Dermatology Associates, as well as the headquarters for Cheatham Management. The project is expected to finish construction in late January.

Kroger Marketplace

The Kroger Marketplace retail center in Montgomery continues to attract retailers to the Montgomery area. Burger King and Great Clips opened locations at the center in late 2017, and stores such as Nails of America, Aveda Salon and Massage Envy are expected to open in early 2018. Kroger Marketplace opened Aug. 4.

Wedgewood Forest

Wedgewood Forest is a development project by Land Tejas located along
Hwy. 105 in Conroe. The first homes in the community opened for sale in 2017. The 111-acre community will include about 280 single-family homes upon build-out. Home construction continues in 2018. Homebuilders include Anglia Homes, Century Communities, Colina Homes and Westin Homes.

Water Crest on Lake Conroe

Water Crest on Lake Conroe continues to develop near the eastern shores of Lake Conroe. The community will break ground on four new sections in spring 2018 that will add an additional 300 homes to the area and will open a private boat ramp for residents in March. The community has already completed construction of 205 homes.


Woodforest is a rapidly developing community in the Lake Conroe area located along Fish Creek Thoroughfare. There have been 2,667 homes built in the community, and two new parks amenities are slated to open this year, the urban-style Kingsley Park and the Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible Wallarro Park, by mid-2018. The Stampede Sportsplex includes three soccer fields and recently opened. The community will host a grand opening celebration in early 2018.

The Woodlands Hills

The Woodlands Hills is a community under development by the Howard Hughes Corporation in north Conroe and south Willis. The master-planned community spans 2,000 acres and will feature
20 neighborhood parks, a 17-acre Village Park and an amenity center upon build-out. The project broke ground Nov. 15 and has announced Ravenna Homes and Westin Homes as two of the initial homebuilders for the development, slated to open this year.


The pandemic and other challenges have strained the available resources at the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. (Jishnu Nair/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County Animal Services resources stretched thin by pandemic

“[The COVID-19 outbreak] is coming at the worst time for us because it’s a bad distemper year,” MCAS Assistant Director Mark Wysocki said. “Either of those are a bit of managerial work. Together it’s a managerial nightmare.”

The new location will be the second for the franchise in the area, with the first being in Spring since 2005. (Courtesy Bruster's Real Ice Cream)
Bruster's Real Ice Cream anticipates November opening near Xscape Theatre

The new location will be the second for the franchise in the area, with the first being in Spring since 2005.

Cpl. Lonnie Bruce Harrison, (right) Gov. Greg Abbott and members of the Montgomery County Constable Precinct 5 Office gather at the Star of Texas Awards where Harrison was a recipient. (Courtesy of Montgomery County Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley's office)
Montgomery County peace officer wins Star of Texas Award

Cpl. Lonnie Bruce Harrison was one of 46 winners of the award, which Gov. Greg Abbott personally presented to him in Austin.

The cities of Conroe, Montgomery and Willis are slated to receive a total of nearly $18 million in federal funds to assist with COVID-19 fiscal recovery. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Conroe Crossroads Festival coming to downtown in April 2022

The inaugural festival will feature over 40 shows with artists of various genres.

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Texas added nearly four million people between 2010 and 2020, according to the latest Census data.

The weekly market will debut with about 20 vendors on Oct. 16. (Courtesy Joshua Reed)
Weekly Montgomery Farmers Market to debut in mid-October in Ransom's Steakhouse parking lot

The farmers market will be an offshoot of the Sanctuary Blueberry Farm in Montgomery.

The Friends of Conroe Inc. will present the Conroe Cajun Catfish Festival on Oct. 8-10. (Courtesy Visit Conroe)
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The Texas Department of Transportation is planning to install medians along 5.8 miles of FM 1092 from Hwy. 59 to Hwy. 6 in Missouri City. (Courtesy Fotolia)
As FM 1092 median project goes out to bid, some Missouri City Council Members still object

Construction on the project to install medians on FM 1092—also known as Murphy Road—is expected to begin in the winter and last for seven months, according to officials with TxDOT.

The business offers battery, lighting, smart home and key fob selections, and phone repair services. (Courtesy Batteries   Bulbs)
Batteries + Bulbs coming soon to Montgomery

The business offers battery, lighting, smart home and key fob selections, and phone repair services.

Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough tours the COVID-19 antibody infusion center that opened Aug. 16.
(Courtesy Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough on Facebook)
Federal policy change reduces COVID-19 antibody treatment drugs coming to Montgomery County infusion center

A change in how the federal government distributes the monoclonal antibody treatment means a change for regional antibody centers administering treatments.

The 10,500-square-foot Dogtopia facility will span five open playrooms for dogs to enjoy. (Courtesy John Ledbetter)
Dogtopia opening day care facility for high-energy dogs on Durango Creek Drive

Owner John Ledbetter said the new Magnolia location will include five open playrooms for dogs.