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The Howard Hughes Corporation is building a main thoroughfare and waterway in Bridgeland that will resemble Houston’s Allen Parkway and Buffalo Bayou. The Dallas based developer is construction Bridgeland Creek Parkway, which will connect Fry Road to the Grand Parkway by the end of 2016. Once finished, the parkway will bisect the 11,400 acre master-planned community, allowing residents direct access to a trio of Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District schools, a 2,000 person church and Town Center-a large mixed use district that will feature entertainment venues, offices, shops and higher-density homes similar to Hughes Landing in The Woodlands.
“The design of Bridgeland Creek Parkway was inspired by Allen Parkway,” said Peter Houghton, Howard Hughes’ vice president of master-planned communities. Like its Houston counterpart, the Bridgeland parkway will feature parking inlets along the roadway, where residents can stop and run or bike along an adjacent trail.
Running along the parkway will be Josey Lake, a three mile waterway inspired by the Buffalo Bayou. Unlike most detention ponds, Josey Lake will be lined with native wetlands grasses, give the man-made waterway a natural looking lake edge.
“We’re going to turn this into something pretty spectacular,” Houghton said. “We want it to look like an iconic, world-class roadway and waterway because this will be in the heart of our community.”
Along the north bend of Josey Lake will be a 20 acre activity park, an amplified version of Houston’s Memorial Park. Lakeland Village Park will feature a plethora of amenities for the active minded, including basketball and tennis courts, a skate park, a year-round heated lap pool, a spray park, a fishing pier, a fenced dog park, playgrounds, and fields and walking trails.
Residents will be able to launch canoes and kayaks from Lakeland Village Park’s dock and paddle over to Kite Hill, a large open field that will offer a nature playground, birding town and expansive views of the waterway. A second neighborhood park nearby also will feature a treehouse. Construction has begun on both the lake and parks.
The 140 acres of lakes, waterways and activity amenities will complement the last section of Lakeland Village and Hidden Creek, the sixth and newest neighborhood under construction in Bridgeland. Hidden Creek will feature 1,000 homesites ranging in price from the high $200,000s to more than $1 million.
Eight builders have finished 10 brick, stone and stucco model homes in Hidden Creek. The builders are: Atlanta based Beazer Homes; Dallas based Darling Homes; Scottsdale, Arizona based Meritage Homes; Houston based Perry Homes; Westlake Village, California based Ryland Homes; Scottsdale, Arizona based Taylor Morrison; Houston based Village Builders; and Sugar Land based Westin Homes.
Bridgeland also has begun work on Lakeland Village Center, the community’s first mixed use neighborhood project. The pharmacy anchored shopping center will feature 80,000 square feet of small retail and medical offices, as well as Bridgeland’s first luxury apartment project being developed by Houston based Judwin Properties Inc.
“Howard Hughes plans to announce tenants in April and finalize the apartment designs in the coming months,” Houghton said.
Article courtesy of Paul Takahashi with Houston Business Journal