The Woodlands Development Company (TWDC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation (NYSE:HHC) and Houston-based Frankel Building Group (FBG) have announced The Woodlands Reserve, a custom luxury community in the Village of Indian Springs in The Woodlands. TWDC will be the developer and FBG will be the exclusive Custom Homebuilder for the launch of the 55-lot, gated community, with lot sizes ranging from 12,000 to 23,000 square feet. The homes will range in size from 4,000 to 6,000 square feet with prices starting at $1 million. A harmonious mixture of Southern Coastal architecture and Coastal and Southern French designs with transitional interiors, the homes will be built with light, open, custom-designed floor plans, generous back patios and gracious front porches.
“We selected FBG to be the exclusive homebuilder to launch this neighborhood because they build homes with exceptional quality while maintaining strict architectural controls and taking care to preserve the natural surroundings which are so much a part of The Woodlands,” says Tim Welbes, Co-President of The Woodlands Development Company.
In addition to FBG’s strict building standards, these homes will be designed in accordance with LEED for Homes© standards of the US Green Building Council. These “green” homes are energy efficient and include fully-enclosed polyurethane spray foam, air-conditioned attic spaces and high efficiency HVAC systems. High-quality recycled materials, natural substances and reusable energy resources are used in all FBG homes to provide quieter, healthier and increasingly cost effective residences.
Each home built by FBG in The Woodlands Reserve will include the finest features such as Sub Zero refrigeration and Wolf appliances; “FBG/Crestron Smart Home” featuring iPads and lighting controls; Toto plumbing fixtures; and Pella windows.
Location is one of the prime amenities for The Woodlands Reserve. The community, located in Indian Springs off Gosling Road and Woodlands Parkway, is situated in the acclaimed Conroe ISD. Residents will enjoy nearby 33-acre Rob Fleming Park & Aquatic Center; 1,700-acre George Mitchell Nature Preserve, part of the Spring Creek Greenway; and the Creekside YMCA. The Woodlands Reserve is also in close proximity to shopping, dining and entertainment in The Woodlands Town Center.
Additionally, the nearby Indian Springs Village Center provides an HEB Grocery and many other shops, restaurants and services. Creekside Park Village Center, currently under development, will provide additional neighborhood shopping and dining.
“We have built homes for more than 25 years in prime neighborhoods in the Greater Houston Area, but we have a special affinity for The Woodlands,” said Jim Frankel, Chairman and Founder of Frankel Building Group. “We believe in exceptional quality and design in an environmentally friendly community where residents live in harmony with nature. We feel confident this is why The Woodlands Development Company trusted us to be the exclusive homebuilder for this prime pocket of land.”
Reservations are now being accepted with homes anticipated to be well under construction in Spring of 2014. For additional information, contact 832-651-7487.
The HelpingaHero.org Foundation, a wounded hero home program; The Woodlands Development Company (TWDC) a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation® (NYSE: HHC);Chesmar Homes and Woodforest National Bank recently broke ground on a new home for U.S. Army Major Will Lyles (Ret.).
The new 2,800-square-foot home will be built by Chesmar Homes on a new home site, donated by The Woodlands Development Company, in the neighborhood of Almondell in The Woodlands’ May Valley. The one-story home will feature four bedrooms and three baths and is fully handicap accessible. The home is expected to be complete in May 2014.
In 2010 during a fire fight, Lyles stepped on a pressure plate IED, leaving him a bilateral amputee above the knees. He has earned three Bronze Stars and two Purple Hearts. Currently, he is working towards a degree in medicine.
HelpingaHero.org is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which provides support and resources for military personnel severely injured in the war on terror. The organization helps build specially adapted homes for wounded heroes and their families. HelpingaHero.org is the second largest national organization of its kind.
Pictured from left to right are Scott Merovitch, Chesmar Homes Houston Division President; Tim Welbes, Co-President of TWDC; SrA Brandon Byers, USAF (Ret.), Executive Director of HelpingaHero.org; General Tommy Franks, USA (Ret.); Major Will Lyles (Ret.); Kim Marling, Executive Director and Vice President of Woodforest National Bank Foundation; and Meredith Iler, National Chairman and Founder of theHelpingaHero.org Home Program.
Studio A Pilates has signed a 1,610-square-foot lease for a new studio in the highly-anticipated Creekside Park Village Center in The Woodlands’Village of Creekside Park.
The 60-acre village center will be located on Kuykendahl Road between Creekside Forest Drive and Creekside Green Drive. Creekside Park Village Center will be anchored by an H-E-B grocery store and a Walgreens drug store. The Center will feature a “village green” that includes a tree-lined park and water feature, retail, dining and office space.
“Studio A Pilates will be a welcome addition to Creekside Park Village Center,” said Alex Sutton, Co-President of The Woodlands Development Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Howard Hughes Corporation®. “Leasing continues to be strong in the village center. Patrons will enjoy the convenience of shopping, dining, retail, medical offices and recreation in close proximity to their homes.”
This will be the second location in The Woodlands for Studio A Pilates. A late summer 2014 opening date is planned. The boutique studio will offer private and small group Pilates and fitness training along with TRX Suspension training classes, Barre classes, Piloxing classes, Spin, Yoga and more.
Kevin Barr with Barr McCarthy, Inc. represented Studio A Pilates while Rip Reynolds, Senior Leasing Manager for The Howard Hughes Corporation, represented The Woodlands in the lease transaction.
Enjoy Carolers and visits from Santa Claus at Carolers on the Square at Waterway Square. The performances are scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 14 and 21 from 6 – 8 pm at Waterway Square in Town Center.
On Saturday, December 7, Dena Blue & The Blue Jazz Band will perform jazz music with a special appearance by Santa. Listen to the traditional and contemporary acoustic sounds of Girl Friday on December 14. Brenda Guy will perform a variety of music with a special appearance by Santa Claus on December 21.
Produced by The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Carolers on the Square is sponsored by The Woodlands Development Company, Munday Chevroletand State Farm® Kyle Sherburne Agency.
For more details, log on to www.VisitTheWoodlands.com.
Santa Claus is coming to the South Montgomery County YMCA to join them at their annual Pictures with Santa, Saturday, December 7, 10 am – 1 pm at the Creekside YMCA. New this year Breakfast with Santaincluding pancakes, breakfast tacos, donuts and bagels. Also, enjoy holiday arts/crafts and games, face art, holiday refreshments, mascots, balloons, outdoor adventure activities and more.
The holiday event is free, and YMCA membership is not required so bring family and friends! Even though admission is free, families are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to help replenish the Interfaith Food Pantry.
Parents are encouraged to bring their camera and capture the magical moment. A YMCA photographer will be on hand too, and every family will receive a complimentary 4×6 color print to take home. Kids will have a chance to visit with Mrs. Claus too.
The Creekside YMCA is located at 6464 Creekside Forest Drive in the Village of Creekside Park. For more information, call 281-367-9622 or visit www.ymcahouston.org/south-montgomery-county.
In the spirit of celebrating life’s blessings during the holiday season, St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital (SLWH) will host its annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) reunion celebration and holiday party for NICU graduates and their families on Saturday, December 14. The event will be held from 10 am – 12 noon at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, located at 1601 Lake Robbins Drive.
Highlighting the reunion will be a special appearance by Santa Claus along with photo opportunities, activities, refreshments and giveaways. Parents and graduates as well as hospital staff, NICU nurses (pictured) and neonatologists from SLWH are invited to attend.
Families from SLWH’s Neonatal ICU who are interested in attending can RSVP to Debra Staley, Marketing & Community Relations Manager, SLWH, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
…And speaking of St. Luke’s The Woodlands Hospital, the facility has been recognized for excellence in birth registry, receiving the exemplary Five Star Service Award by theTexas Public Health Association.
Only 30 hospitals receive this award, and SLWH was the only hospital in Montgomery County to receive the designation for four consecutive years.
Puffy Pal, the large stuffed replica of lovable mascot of The Woodlands, Puffy Pine Cone®, is on sale at The Woodlands Information Center at 2000 Woodlands Parkway. Just in time for the holidays, Puffy Pal is $20 with a portion of the proceeds benefitingChildren’s Safe Harbor. Children’s Safe Harbors’ mission “is to protect and enhance the life of every child who has the courage to battle sexual and physical abuse.”
Puffy Baby, the smaller version of the mascot, is priced at $7. Only cash and checks are accepted.
The Woodlands Information Center, formerly the Homefinder Center, has announced its holiday hours. On Christmas Eve, Tuesday, December 24, the Center will be open from 9 am – 1 pm and closed on Christmas, December 25. On December 26, the hours are 1 – 5 pm. For New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31, the Center will be open from 9 am – 1 pm and closed on New Year’s Day, January 1. Regular hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm and Sunday, 11:30 am – 5:30 pm.
The Howard Hughes Corporation® recently announced that its Houston division, which includes The Woodlands Development Company, The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center, Carlton Woods andBridgeland, placed 33rd in the ‘large companies’ category of the Houston Chronicle’s Top Workplaces list.
Houston’s Top Workplaces recognizes outstanding local businesses based on employee surveys that measure qualities like company leadership, career opportunities, workplace flexibility, compensation and benefits.
“Ranking among the top workplaces in Houston is truly a testament to the exceptional team at The Howard Hughes Corporation,” said Paul Layne, Executive Vice President of Master Planned Communities. “We are very pleased with the recognition and will continue striving to be an employer of choice for our team members.”
With nearly 742 employees in Houston, The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops two of the largest and most acclaimed communities in the area – The Woodlands and Bridgeland – both listed as top-selling master planned communities in not only Texas, but the nation. Within The Woodlands, Carlton Woods offers luxurious, custom homes in a private golf community and The Woodlands Resort & Conference Center provides guests resort-style amenities, well-appointed accommodations and high-tech conference facilities.
The Howard Hughes Corporation was established in 2010 and recently celebrated its third anniversary – making it the youngest of the organizations listed within the ‘large’ category.
- Hyatt Market Street’s popular “Tunes on the Terrace” live music series continues in December on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evening from 6 – 10 pm. Local talent performs on the hotel’s second floor terrace. Friday, December 6, Daniel Blanchard will perform, followed by Silver Shoes on December 7. Visit www.marketstreetthewoodlands.hyatt.com for more information. For details on Market Street, visit www.marketstreet-thewoodlands.com.
- Celebrate the holiday season with the entire family as Sunny 99.1 and The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau present Family Fun Days at The Ice Rink at Town Center. Family Fun Days will take place on Sundays, December 8 and 15 from 2 – 4 pm. Ray, the Sunny 99.1 mascot, Morning Show Host Dana Tyson and Frosty the Snowman will make special appearances. For more information, visit www.TheWoodlandsIceRink.com.
- Students, staff and faculty at Lone Star College – Montgomery collected and donated 20,606 cans to the Montgomery County Food Bank. The final donation amounted to more than double the original goal of 10,000 cans.