Virgata breaks ground on Friendswood project that will include Chick-fil-A site

The project at 1769 S. Friendswood Drive will have 20,000 square feet of retail.

The project at 1769 S. Friendswood Drive will have 20,000 square feet of retail.

Longtime developers with Friendswood-based Virgata Property are breaking ground on their first project in the city in mid-October.

“This project is in our backyard, and so we have a clear intention of going above and beyond in terms of design,” said David Boone, a partner with Virgata, which has developed other retail centers and restaurant sites around Houston.

The property, located at 1769 S. Friendswood Drive, includes a site for a Chick-fil-A, which was opposed by some residents last year during a zoning request to make way for the site, but it ultimately won approval by the Planning & Zoning Commission, he said.

“It’s basically a done deal. ... We anticipate that most people are going to be really happy with this location,” Boone said.

The project will construct two retail buildings with a combined 20,000 square feet of space. About 60 percent is already leased, but Boone could not confirm any tenants publicly. The site also has a 1.7-acre pad available for lease and 3.6 acres for sale, lease or build to suit, Boone said.

Construction should be complete by spring 2019, with retail build-out taking place over the summer, he said.
“This is going to be a good development and bring in some good tenants that people will want to see,” he said.