Work on InSPIRE Rock is expected to be completed this summer, said Mike Keyser, a developer on the project with House Hahl Commercial Owners Association. The building will be tall enough to feature a 62-foot high climbing wall, which would make it eligible to host international rock climbing competitions. The gym will be owned by the same people who own the InSPIRE Rock on Louetta Road in Spring.
The athletics facility, which is expected to be completed this fall, will be large enough to house six full court basketball courts, Keyser said. It could also be converted for a variety of purposes, including indoor soccer, volleyball and pickleball, a paddle sport that combines elements of badminton and tennis. Keyser said he is in talks with local sports associations—including Cy-Fair Sports Association and Excel Volleyball—on using the facility to host tournaments.
The new developments join a variety of other tenants at the complex that generally fall within the realms of fitness, sports and children's activities. The complex already features several buildings that house tenants like Cypress Academy, 6 Strings Music Academy, Ollin Athletics, Steppin Time Dance Studio and a FINS swimming school.
Keyser said he thought there was a need for more recreational activities in the Cypress area, particularly places where parents can take their children.
"When you look at Bridgeland and Blackhorse Ranch and the surrounding area, you have a lot of kids," he said. "As a parent trying to take these kids to different places for different activities, it starts to get difficult getting around a growing, congested area. The idea is to bring more youth-focused activities into one area."
Future tenants could include a yoga studio and several restaurants, Keyser said. Plans for the site also include a three-story office building, which is expected to be finished in February 2019.
"We're thinking the climbing gym and the basketball facility will bring a lot of people to the area," he said. "There's going to be a lot of demand."