As opportunities for new construction dwindle in the Spring and Klein area, developers are eyeing remaining space along Gosling Road within Harris County.

What's happening

The Gosling Road corridor—running from Creekside Forest Drive to Kuykendahl Road—has a major housing development underway, with a number of completed and leasing retail options already in place. Just north of Spring, The Woodlands Township is also seeking to build the largest park within the township’s system along Gosling Road.

Bobby Lieb, CEO of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, noted that outside of master-planned community City Place in Spring, Gosling Road is one of the few remaining corridors in the area with land left to develop.

“All the other growth is really happening in Montgomery County and then [in western and northwestern] Harris County,” Lieb said.

As residential development continues to expand along the corridor, Lieb said residents should expect to see a wave of commercial development including dining and retail.

The big picture

Work has either been recently completed or is ongoing on several residential and commercial developments along Gosling Road between Creekside Forest Drive in The Woodlands and Kuykendahl Road in Spring. Some of the bigger developments along the corridor in Harris County include:
  • Allora Gosling: a 351-unit apartment complex that opened in September
  • Gosling Oaks: a 55-acre residential and retail development that began construction in late 2022
  • GeoSouthern Development: a 60-acre oil and gas development that began construction in late 2022
  • Spring Gosling Plaza: a roughly 4,500-square-foot commercial space available to lease
  • Gosling Condos Business Park: a roughly 12,000-square-foot office space set to begin construction in late 2024
On April 27, Barbarossa Coffee opened a new Spring-area location along Gosling Road after closing its flagship location—which opened in 2017 on Louetta Road—in November. Operations Manager Caner Hidir said the decision to close the coffee house was made specifically with a Gosling Road reopening in mind.

When Barbarossa’s owners first eyed the Gosling Road location three years ago, there wasn’t as much development as there is today, Hidir said.

“We just [investigated] the customer profile in the area, and we [saw] that it is close to main roads,” he said. “There were many schools and ... entertainment centers around the area, so that’s why we [chose] it.”

After about a month of serving customers from the Gosling Road location, Hidir said he knew it was the right decision.

Beau Harris, principal broker at Black Label Commercial Group, said Gosling Road was an ideal location for the upcoming Gosling Condos Business Park, which is scheduled to break ground in late 2024.

“As the main access point to [the] Grand Parkway for so many [The] Woodlands residents, we have a great core audience,” Harris said.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, average daily traffic counts along Gosling Road near Root Road increased from 13,480 in 2011 to 24,067 in 2022.

Some context

With retail growth and build-out of homes in Northampton and Augusta Pines, the population in the 77389 ZIP code, encompassing Gosling Road, has grown since 2017, according to U.S. census data.

Added traffic down Gosling Road pushed Montgomery County Precinct 3 and Harris County Precinct 3 commissioners to spend $8.2 million widening the Gosling Road bridge over Spring Creek in December 2023.

Zooming in

The main residential effort along Gosling Road is Gosling Oaks, a 55-acre development by Newman CRE. CEO Nate Newman, who leads the Gosling Oaks development, said the developer aims to build retail and residential properties next to each other to provide a full-service style community.

“This will be a true mixed-use development with an emphasis on experiential placemaking,” Newman said. “This development will be a major regional draw and will serve as a vibrant anchor.”

Newman said he expects the retail development area to serve as a major draw for the region. Matt Knagg—associate advisor at J. Beard Real Estate, a realty management company based in The Woodlands that has several properties available to lease in Spring—shared that sentiment.

“It’s positioned to be a retail corridor. The majority of commercial development has been retail focused,” Knagg said.