May 31, 2016
New Caney, Texas – Grand Texas comprises over 630 acres at the intersection of Interstate 69 and State Highway 242 that are being developed to provide Houston’s first integrated entertainment, shopping, dining, and sports destination. Since development began three years ago, over 11 million dollars has been spent on the infrastructure at Grand Texas. Improvements began with activation of a half million gallon/day water plant, installation of over two miles of sewer and water lines, dozens of fire hydrants, and the development of an extensive storm water management system that includes almost 200 acre feet of detention. Designed by the Conroe-based civil engineering firm of Bleyl & Associates, the drainage and detention system comprises a network of detention ponds, drainage pipes as large as five feet in diameter, and a 100 foot wide channel, all designed to handle runoff from Grand Texas properties on both the north and south sides of Highway 242, as well as the highway itself.
Last week saw the near completion of Grand Texas’ storm water management system, just in time for the heavy storms that deluged the Houston area. Even though some work remains to be done, the system easily handled the heavy rainfall that submerged surrounding areas in East Montgomery County. For example, Grand Texas RV Resort, an over 140 space luxury RV resort opening this summer, only saw water collect near a temporary land bridge used for construction. “We actually had water flow into our system from an adjacent housing development, and were able to handle it without difficulty,” said Grand Texas CEO Monty Galland. “From the start, we’ve spent the time and money necessary to provide carefully thought-out and well engineered infrastructure to everyone within the Grand Texas development, and our success in managing the recent rains gives our partners even more confidence in our stability and long-term vision.”
When complete, Grand Texas will comprise Big Rivers Waterpark, Grand Texas Theme Park, Gator Bayou adventure park, Speedsportz raceway, Grove Factory Outlets, and tournament play sport fields for soccer, baseball and softball, all connected by a promenade offering shopping, dining, and entertainment venues. This summer, Grand Texas RV Resort will open for business, and construction will begin on Speedsportz and Big Rivers Waterpark. Construction will begin on other sites throughout the development, as well. “We’ve already sold ten sites to outside developers who are already working with architects and engineers to bring shopping, dining, and hotel sites to Grand Texas as quickly as possible. Our commitment to first-class infrastructure makes their job all the easier,” notes Galland.