The Woodlands Hills to spread over 2,000 acres with thousands of new homes

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 04:25:17 AM. Public officials and executives from The Howard Hughes Corp. posed for photos Wednesday morning next to a tent on a newly poured street on the site of a new master-planned community under construction 13 miles north of The Woodlands.

Public officials and executives from The Howard Hughes Corp. posed for photos Wednesday morning next to a tent on a newly poured street on the site of a new master-planned community under construction 13 miles north of The Woodlands.

The Woodlands Hills, a pared down version of its much bigger brother The Woodlands, will include more than 4,500 home sites when it is completed in perhaps a decade.

"The Howard Hughes Corp. will use high quality standards and design principles similar to what has made The Woodlands and Bridgelands successful," President Grant Herlitz said from a podium in front of a small group of area stakeholders and officials.

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The 2,000-acre project is about a mile west of Interstate 45 along FM 830 in the cities of Conroe and Willis. The property extends to FM 1097 on the north and League Line Road to the south.

The developer said its new project will share the same commitment to environmental preservation as its other local communities.

The Woodlands Hills will have 112 acres of open space, 20 neighborhood parks and a 17-acre "Village Park." It will also have more than 9 miles of hike-and-bike trails, as well as bike lanes along the major thoroughfares.

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The city of Conroe has approved plans for the first phase of development.

The land is not within a floodplain, the developer said.

An amenity center with a resort-style pool and lazy river, fitness equipment and event space will break ground this year.

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Builders will be announced before the end of the year and the first model homes are expected to open within the first three months of 2018.

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