Magnolia Place to take shape in 2020; Audubon Magnolia still in the works for FM 1488

(Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)
(Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)

(Kara McIntyre/Community Impact Newspaper)

Magnolia residents will see a groundbreaking for the long-awaited H-E-B grocery store at its site in the triangle of land between FM 1488, FM 149 and Spur 149 in the first quarter of 2020, said Tana Ross, the economic development coordinator and planning technician for the city of Magnolia, in an email.

H-E-B is part of a larger, 120-acre mixed-use development called Magnolia Place, by development company Stratus Properties Inc., Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

Along with H-E-B, phase one of Stratus Properties’ development will also include about 35,000-40,000 square feet of retail space, several pad sites, about 14.6 acres of multifamily space, single-family homes and townhomes, and a 200-square-yard gathering space in the center of the project, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported.

Ross said Magnolia Place and H-E-B are estimated to increase the city’s sales tax revenue by about 2% once both sites are open to the public.

“These projects offer a very high quality of amenities and services, including live and work environments,” Ross said in an email.

Potential tenants could also include medical spaces as well as hotels.

“I think Magnolia Place will be unique. It’s going to provide something that we currently do not have [in the city],” Magnolia Mayor Todd Kana said. “Ultimately, managed growth benefits everyone, and this falls into that category.”

Despite multiple attempts, Stratus Properties Inc. could not be reached for comment or an estimated opening date before press time.

Audubon Magnolia

Just west of FM 149 on FM 1488, Sam Yager Inc. is developing Audubon Magnolia, a 3,300-acre master-planned community, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. This development is anticipated to bring at least 5,000 homes as well as commercial sites at build-out.

“We still want to maintain that small-town feel. ... It gets harder and harder as you go from 1,000 people to 10,000 people,” Kana said. “I’ve lived here my entire life, and I don’t want it to turn into the city of Houston either, and I’ll do my best to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

While a construction timeline is still unclear, Kana said he is looking forward to seeing the project unfold.

“The mass development of more houses brings more people, brings more amenities, brings more business and brings more sales tax [revenue],” he said. “It’s just a big domino effect in the way it works and the way it’ll benefit all the people of Magnolia.”

Sam Yager, the executive vice president of Sam Yager Inc., said in an email he could not provide more details before press time Dec. 20 but anticipates being able to share more information in early 2020.

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By Kara McIntyre
Kara started with Community Impact Newspaper as the summer intern for the south Houston office in June 2018 after graduating with a bachelor's degree in mass communication from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She became the reporter for north Houston's Tomball/Magnolia edition in September 2018, moving to Alpharetta in January 2020 after a promotion to be the editor of the Alpharetta/Milton edition, which is Community Impact's first market in Georgia.


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