Community Update–Plans revealed for Katy Mills boardwalk project

A boardwalk project planned to be built behind Katy Mills, south of Kingsland Boulevard, will include a convention center complex. Project plans also include a hotel, parking garage and zones for residential, office and retail spaces, Katy Development Authority officials said during a special workshop session before the Katy City Council's regular meeting Jan. 12.



The project is slated to take eight to 10 years to complete at an estimated cost of nearly $49 million, accounting for inflation, said Katy Development Authority representative Steve Robinson.



The bulk of the project will be built and paid for by a private developer with the promise that the company will be reimbursed from future tax revenue. This model of reimbursement was used for the construction of Katy Mills, Robinson said.



The future developer will build the project's convention center along the space's existing 80-acre retention pond. The pond will be surrounded by a 2-mile boardwalk, said Kerry Gilbert of Kerry Gilbert and Associates, the local firm responsible for preliminary planning for the project.



The area across from the convention center complex will be zoned for commercial and light residential use. A strip of pad sites to the west of the convention center complex will be reserved for restaurants, Gilbert said.



The commercial zones will be flanked by an office park on the west and a high-density residential zone on the east, Gilbert said.



"We looked at what makes a convention center and hotel successful, and to make those things successful you need an office district, high- and low-density residential districts and some retail," Gilbert said.



Robinson said the project would revitalize the city's investment in Katy Mills, which is also expected to receive a $25 million facelift from Simon Property Group.

By Jordan Gribble
Jordan has reported on education, crime, city and arts and entertainment since 2012. After reporting at his hometown newspaper in Lake Charles, LA, he wrote for The Courier in Houma, La, before joining Community Impact Newspaper in October 2014. Jordan reports on transportation, business, development and city council in Katy.


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