Three developments planned in Shenandoah

Three developments planned in Shenandoah

Shenandoah is on the brink of a development boom that could bring $700 million in value to the city. Three projects are in the works for the city, including a live-work community, a neighborhood of single-family homes and a large-scale development that will feature a movie theater, hotels, restaurants and retail, according to Mayor Garry Watts.

City Administrator Greg Smith said the developments are a game changer for the city.

Two developers, Sam Moon Group and Palmetto Homes, are proposing the major development projects east of I-45, just south of the Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital that is under construction. In addition, David Weekley Homes is planning a 32-home gated community on Wellman Road west of I-45.

“With all the people that will be [in the new developments] working, visiting and living, it’s going to be a major development for us,” Smith said. “To have 100 single-family homes in that live-work environment, that is going to be really neat for the city. Because now we’re going to have a major number of residents on both sides of I-45.”

In March the city approved zoning changes for the new projects. Although the city suggested the projects would be completed in three to five years, the developers will determine the actual completion dates, Smith said.

Proposed developments

Palmetto Homes plans to build an 8.75-acre, 99-unit residential development called The Village at East End, which will include office space, retail, small shops, start-up businesses and small showrooms, Palmetto Group owner Tim Crawford said. The architecture of The Village of East End will resemble the urban look of residential properties found in Houston’s inner loop, he said.

“There’s a lot of demand for housing projects near The Woodlands area,” Crawford said. “There are also two hospitals that are expanding and two additional brand new hospitals less than three-quarters of a mile [from the planned development], so that’s a major impetus. The ExxonMobil campus [in Spring] is a couple miles down the road with easy access to [I-45]. Shopping and restaurants—everything’s a stone’s throw away from the project. It’s a hot little spot.”

By July or August work will begin on the development’s infrastructure, Crawford said. Presales could begin in the fall with models opening in April or May 2016. Home prices will be about $300,000, he said.

Sam Moon Group, which developed Sam Moon Center south of Hwy. 242, is planning to build Metro Park Village. The goal of the project is to add a mixed-use development to the existing Sam Moon Center, said Daniel Moon, Sam Moon Group vice president.

“We’ve been in the market,” Moon said. “Our retail stores do well there. We’re watching all the growth, and now is the time to add additional development.”

Metro Park Village is a 69-acre mixed-use development with 900 units of multifamily apartments. The development will include retail, office space, restaurants and potentially a theater with an Imax screen and full-service hotel, Moon said.

“[The city of Shenandoah] has a real need for meeting convention space, so that is something we’re willing to look at—to add a full-service hotel,” Moon said.

The first phase of Metro Park Village could open by winter 2017, Moon said.

Phase 1 could include construction of 300 multifamily units, retail, restaurants, the theater and a limited-service hotel.  About 300 apartments could open with the first phase as well, he said.

“We’ll break ground by the end of 2015,” Moon said.

In addition to The Village at East End and Metro Park Village, Wellman Manor was approved for development in March. A previously announced project, WoodLofts Apartments, a 350-unit apartment complex at I-45 and David Vetter Boulevard, will be complete in 2016.

The city has 2,300 residents and will see 1,300 new home sites with all of the upcoming planned developments, Smith said.

“[The new home sites] equals that number of [homes] that we have on the west side of I-45,” he said. “We will have as many [homes] on the east side of I-45 as we have on the west side of I-45,” Smith said.

Infrastructure concerns

Although the city of Shenandoah could see a financial windfall from the sales and property tax revenue generated from the developments, it could face roadway infrastructure problems, Smith said.

Smith said all of the roads in the new developments will be built by the developers but future road congestion is a concern. The city plans to prepare ahead of construction of the developments to alleviate future congestion, Watts said.

Engineering solutions such as dedicated turn lanes on existing roads, for example, could ease traffic problems, he said.

“We’ve seen too many mistakes with mobility not meeting the capacity that is necessary,” Watts said. “We just need to plan well in advance for the capacity and the functionality.”

One of those solutions could be the extension of David Memorial Drive north to Hwy. 242, Smith said. An engineering contract for the extension will be presented to City Council in May.

The new developments will also bring added expenses to the city, Smith said. Increased operational expenses, such as additional police and public works employees, is one such example. Once the needs to accommodate the developments are determined, city authorities will be in a better position to anticipate what the costs are and how much expense will be added to the city.

“There is going to be a cost to the city for this development,” Smith said.

However, he said the additional property tax revenue will offset the costs.

“It will have an impact on our operating budget—there’s no question,” he said. “We know there’s going to be an increase in sales tax [revenue], but it’s hard to predict what that increase will be because the whole area is growing.”


Pressed Juicery sells smoothies and juices, smoothie bowls, wellness shots and juice cleanses. (Courtesy Pressed Juicery)
Pressed Juicery plans Market Street location in The Woodlands

Pressed Juicery sells smoothies and juices, smoothie bowls, wellness shots and juice cleanses. 

The Woodlands Township board of directors met July 22. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
Chamber, residents urge delay on possible incorporation vote date in The Woodlands

A resolution from The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce urged the township board of directors to delay a possible vote on incorporation beyond this year.

Peter Lake (left), chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and Brad Jones, interim president and CEO of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, provided an update on state regulators' electric grid redesign efforts in Austin on July 22. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Regulators: Texas electric grid prepared for potentially record-breaking demand next week; 'once-in-a-generation reforms' underway

The heads of the agencies in charge of the Texas electric grid met in Austin on July 22 to provide updates on their grid reform efforts.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is pleading with residents to be more vigilant, asking all residents to start wearing masks again in indoor settings and asking those who are vaccinated to urge their friends who are not to get the shot. (Screenshot Courtesy Facebook)
Harris County raises coronavirus threat level as Hidalgo asks all residents to mask up indoors

Although those who are vaccinated are very unlikely to end up in the hospital, officials said wearing masks in certain situations could help reduce transmissions to the more susceptible unvaccinated.

A COVID-19 vaccine dose is administered to a person's arm
Montgomery County sees July increase in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations

Active COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County climbed above 1,000 for the first time in two months, just after June recorded the lowest active cases since 2020.

Harris County Emergency Services District 11 commissioners received updates on the status of its upcoming ambulances services at a July 22 board meeting. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Harris County Emergency Services District No. 11 commissioners discuss upcoming ambulance service

The district will take over providing emergency medical services across more than 177 square miles of north Harris County, currently being provided by Cypress Creek Emergency Medical Services, on Sept. 1.

Memorial Hermann has locations throughout the Greater Houston area, including Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center. (Courtesy Memorial Hermann)
Memorial Hermann visiting policies change as COVID-19 cases rise

As of July 21, Memorial Hermann has changed its visitor policy in light of a recent increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the Greater Houston area.

Houston unemployment is above state and national levels, while home sales in the region continue to be strong, according to a July 21 economic update from the Greater Houston Partnership. (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
Unemployment, strong housing sales mark 2021 Houston economy, Greater Houston Partnership says

While Houston job recovery lags due to the pandemic, area home sales are strong, according to the Greater Houston Partnership.

Conroe ISD provided recommendations for a safer return for the 2021-22 school year. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Conroe ISD sets COVID-19 policies for 2021-22 school year

The "Roadmap to Remaining Open" states policies and provides recommendations for students and faculty to better prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to the district.

(Courtesy Blushing Ivory Bridal)
The Princess Bridal relocates, renames to Blushing Ivory Bridal in The Woodlands

The business is relocating from Old Town Spring to Oak Ridge Drive and will open Aug. 3.

In a late-night amendment addition, Harris County Commissioners Court denied an original resolution aiming to increase restrictions on nonmonetary pretrial release bonds in a split vote after hearing over two hours of public testimony July 20 for and against the resolution. The amended resolution, which was approved in a second split vote, favors focusing on criminal court backlogs and funding alternative public safety solutions. (Courtesy Pexels)
After hours of debate, Harris County commissioners oppose resolution restricting felony nonmonetary pretrial release bonds

In a late-night amendment addition, Harris County Commissioners Court denied an original resolution aiming to increase restrictions on non-monetary pretrial release bonds in a split vote after hearing over two hours of public testimony July 20 for and against the resolution.

The restaurant serves a variety of Indian appetizers, entrees and sweets. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
A1 Choice Indian Cuisine opens in Cy-Fair; Torchy's Richmond taco shop coming this week and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Greater Houston area, including a Ross Dress For Less store opening in Cy-Fair.