JOHNSON DEVELOPMENT REPORTS FOUR MOST ACTIVE COMMUNITIES
Four projects of premier residential developer Johnson Development Corp. – the most of any developer – have been listed on Houston Business Journal’s tally of the most active master-planned communities in the Houston area.
Johnson Development’s Riverstone community took the No. 1 spot on the annual list, which is based on the number of homes builders started in 2016. Another Johnson Development project – Woodforest in South Montgomery County – landed at No. 2 on the list. Two of Johnson Development’s Fort Bend projects also made the top 10 list – Sienna Plantation at No. 4 and Cross Creek Ranch at No. 6.
“In a Johnson development, homebuyers find a prime location, excellent schools and quality homebuilders, plus a few things that further set us apart — an abundant amenity mix and community lifestyle that isn’t replicated elsewhere,” said Doug Goff, COO for Johnson Development. “Last year’s impressive number of home starts is simply builders trying to keep up with demand.”
This most recent ranking follows two reports earlier this year that saw the same four Johnson communities included on lists of the nation’s best-selling master-planned communities. Johnson Development again had the most projects on the list than any other developer.
In its 42nd year of development, Johnson Development has 17 active communities — 14 in the Houston area, two in Dallas-Fort Worth and one in Atlanta. For more information, visit johnsondevelopment.com
DISTRICT ANNOUNCES KATY ISD’S REGION IV PRINCIPAL RECOGNITION NOMINEES
Katy ISD recently announced that McRoberts Elementary Principal Dr. Kwabena Mensah and Mayde Creek Junior High Principal Dr. David Paz were chosen for Katy ISD’s Region IV Principal Recognition.
Mensah and Paz were selected by their peers for their ability and willingness to make meaningful contributions to education, their desire for continuous personal and professional growth, and their ability to inspire Katy ISD students and staff.
They will be recognized along with campus administrators from school districts in the surrounding area at the Region IV Principal Recognition ceremony on Wednesday, April 5 at Hotel ZaZa.
“LEGACY STADIUM” APPROVED AS NEW NAME FOR KATY ISD SECOND STADIUM
With a unanimous vote of 7-0, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees has approved “Legacy Stadium” as the new name for the Student Activity Facility: Second Stadium. Additionally and as part of public recommendation, the field will be named after former coach Mike Johnston. This state-of-the-art, cost-efficient, multipurpose school facility will open in Fall 2017, thanks to the 2014 voter-approved bond program. It will be part of the Academy Sports + Outdoors Complex.
“It’s an honor to recognize all the former legacies which continue to inspire our students,” says Rebecca Fox, Katy ISD board president. “Coach Johnston is a perfect example of an individual who continues to pour out his love and dedication for the future generation.”
In February, the Second Stadium Naming Advisory Committee was tasked with identifying a suitable name for the Second Stadium, which would align with the values and core beliefs of Katy ISD. The committee began with a solicitation of name nominations from the Katy ISD community, which was open from Feb. 8-17. After careful review, a recommendation was presented during the Board of Trustees Work Study Meeting on Feb. 21. District officials were happy to see dozens of attendees at the public forum offered for parents, teachers, staff and community input.
The Second Stadium is being built not just for the district’s 75,000+ Katy ISD students, but for the entire community.
SNOOZE COMING TO LACENTERRA AT CINCO RANCH
Vista Equities Group has announced that Snooze, “an A.M. Eatery,” a fast-growing culinary-driven breakfast and brunch concept, has signed a 4,098-square-foot lease at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. Snooze is anticipated to open by late 2017 and will be located off Cinco Ranch Blvd.
Offering creative twists on classic breakfast dishes, as well as a selection of local, craft beers and morning cocktails, Snooze aims to change the way its customers think about breakfast.
“We fell in love with the Houston area and we think Katy exemplifies the very best of what Houston has to offer,” said David Birzon, CEO of Snooze. “Snooze’s company mission is to be an integral part of the communities in which we are located and we believe that Katy is an incredible community.”
MIDAYS FIND ALL THEY NEED IN CROSS CREEK RANCH
As the needs of Jason and Holly Miday’s family changed, so did their homes – three of them in eight years. But one thing remained the same – Cross Creek Ranch.
The couple got engaged in 2009 and immediately started house-hunting. Holly, who grew up in Memorial, always thought she would raise her family in that area. But that changed after her first visit to Cross Creek Ranch. Holly said the community’s natural features were what drew her initially.
The Midays moved into their first Cross Creek Ranch home in December 2009. Their choice for builder on that first home and the next two was Trendmaker Homes. About four years saw their family grow from four to five, so the Midays decided to upsize. One thing they didn’t want to change was living in Cross Creek Ranch. “I really enjoy the neighbors and the community in general,” Holly said. “There is so much going on and the neighborhood is beautiful.”
The family moved into their second home Valentine’s Day 2014 after living with Jason’s parents, John and Terri Miday, for about six months while their home was being built. Fast-forward to 2017 and Jason and Hope are again seeing their family’s needs change with their oldest child leaving for college soon. This time, they decided to downsize in Cross Creek Ranch.
“We found a property on the greenbelt and on an oversized cul-de-sac that will allow us to create a side yard for a pool,” John said. “It will be that ‘something special’ we look for in every home.”
TMEIC BREAKS GROUND ON FACILITY IN KATY
TMEIC Power Electronics Products Corporation broke ground Feb. 16 on a new 45,000-square-foot facility in the Katy area.
The facility, which is located just off Grand Parkway and north of I-10 in Energy Park West Business Park, will initially be devoted to the assembly, testing and packaging of utility-scale photovoltaic inverters for the solar power market. TMEIC is expected to increase employment to 100 full-time jobs as a result of the project. In total, capital expenditures for the project are approximately $6 million. The facility is being constructed by Lone Star Construction and is anticipated to open later this year.
Several local dignitaries were on hand at the groundbreaking event to speak and welcome TMEIC to Katy including Lance LaCour (Katy Area EDC president/CEO), Steve Pierson (City of Katy), Chris Smith (Katy ISD CFO), Judit Harescek (Harris County), Horacio Licon (GHP vice president, international trade and investment) and Betty Russo (community relations, Gulf Coast/East Texas Region, Office of the Governor, economic development and tourism).
“We are thrilled to welcome another quality company to our area,” said LaCour. “With projects such as this, we continue to establish the Katy area as a top destination for world class manufacturers.