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New Master-planned community in Katy to Feature Dog Ambassador, Other Unique Amenities

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A Las Vegas area developer that is moving to Houston in 2015 will introduce several unique amenities to its new master-planned community in Katy.

Rise Communities LLC announced plans to develop Cane Island,a 1,000 acre master-planned community located off of I-10 West at the new Cane Island Interchange, which is currently under construction.  The Henderson, Nevada based developer began purchasing the undeveloped land fro the Katy based Minze family in 2011, stated Dan Naef, President of Rise Communities.

“Houston made a lot of sense, economically,” Naef said.  “Houston has strong jobs and great school districts.”

The Minze family, which owned the former rice farms for more than 60 years, traveled to Las Vegas and toured several luxury communities that were developed by Naef and his executive team when they were with American Nevada Co., a Henderson, Nevada based real estate developer.  The family members were “very impressed” with the Green Valley and Seven Hills communities, and sold the land to Rise Development for about $27,000 an acre, Naef stated.

“They were very interested in finding a developer who they thought would make them proud and the city of Katy proud,” Naef said.

After the Texas Department of Transportation began building the Cane Island Interchange, Rise Communities broke ground on Cane Island on November 19th.  The developer and its seven homebuilder partners plan to build 2,000 traditional and luxury patio homes priced from the $200,000’s to the millions.

Rise Communities plans to introduce several unique amenities to attract new homebuyers to Cane Island, including a dog ambassador and a Bellagio-like conservatory, Naef stated.

The unique features begin with the marketing for Cane Island.

A pick-up truck pulling a mobile “welcome center” trailer will rotate between local real estate offices in the Energy Corridor to showcae the new community.  The climate controlled trailer will feature touch-screen vieo screens with information about Cane Island.  The trailer can double as a mini-concert venue with a full stage, outdoor speakers, and a 20 foot by 10 foot wide screen.

Within Cane Island, a new “amenity village” will feature a canine ambassador, a Golden Retriever named Hub.  The dog is named after the land for Cane Island, which was the former hub of the rice farming industry in Katy.  Hub will have his own Facebook page and business cards, and will invite residents to Cane Island’s “ambassador suite” for overnight stays.  Naef stated he got the idea for Hub when he was visiting the Fairmont Hotel in Boston, which features canine ambassadors to welcome guests.

Can Island also will feature a floral archway at its entrance as well as a 1,500 square foot conservatory, which will showcase seasonal trees and plants and displays.  It is modeled after the Bellagio Conservatory in the iconic Las Vegas hotel casino, which features elaborate floral arrangements and displays that change with the season.

“This is my mini-Bellagio,” Naef said.  “It’s the same kind of concept.”

Cane Island will feature many of the amenities Houstonians have come to expect from master-planned communities, including a welcome center, fitness center, yoga space, multi-purpose space, outdoor cafe and pools, Naef stated.  The community is expected to open in mid-2015.

Rise Communities also plans to build Meridiana, a 2,700 acre master-planned community located south of the Texas Medical Center off of Texas Highways 288 and 6.  Rise plans to build 5,500 homes at Meridiana, Nael stated, declining to share more details until it breaks ground in mid-2015.

Information courtesy of Paul Takahashi of the Houston Business Journal

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