The Groves, a 993-acre master-planned community in Atascocita, has made several commercial deals in 2020, despite the pandemic.

Ashlar Development Vice President Mike Miller spoke about the community’s growth at Partnership Lake Houston's virtual Summer Creek BizCom event Dec. 10.

Miller said the community saw many new amenities open in 2020, including Mini Groves, a park and playground, and Canopy at The Grove, a gated community of one- and two-story homes. Pavilion at The Groves, a 318-unit apartment development, is also slated to open on 20.2 acres in spring 2021.

In November, Ashlar Development closed on two deals in The Glade, an incoming mixed-use commercial site at the intersection of Madera Run Parkway and Woodland Hills Drive. One new tenant will be West Lake Church on an eight-acre lot, and the other is a large grocer on a 15-acre site. Miller said the name of the grocery store was confidential.

“It’s very exciting for the area, and we think this is going to spur more and more future development,” Miller said.

Miller said the developer has sold about 400 homes in The Groves this year, which is a record for the area.

“That puts us at about 1,100 occupied out of 2,200 planned, so we’re about halfway there," Miller said.