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I noticed that there was a mult-story steel framed building going up in downtown Conroe the other day, and didn't see anything about it posted on HAIF. Not a huge project or anything but very interesting to see a "urban" type of construction happening in the old part of Conroe. I always thought it would be cool if downtown Conroe grew. Woodforest Bank tore down its small branch in old downtown Conroe and is replacing it with a larger 3-story office block as pictured below: Article from courier/your conroe news: Woodforest Bank building a downtown Conroe landmark of the past, beacon for the future Rendering of the planned building, courtesy of the CEDC website article: Downtown Conroe Prepared for Major Growth
Up north in woods, more homes coming Woodforest will add houses amid trees, trails By NANCY SARNOFF Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle The developer of Sienna Plantation, Silverlake and Fall Creek is planning a residential community just north of The Woodlands. The more than 2,500-acre project, called Woodforest, will have some 4,700 homes as well as commercial properties when fully developed, Johnson Development Corp. said. ........................................ Like The Woodlands, it will have a wide range of housing in a heavily wooded surrounding with plenty of parks and nature trails. ..................................... Located in southern Montgomery County, the project will surround the Woodforest Golf Club, a championship course designed by Steve Elkington that opened in 2001 east of Honea Egypt Road between FM 2854 and FM 1488. The development also will be accessible from the future Fish Creek thoroughfare, which will connect the area to Conroe to the north. Woodforest is 38 miles from the center of Houston, a fact that doesn't concern its developers. .................................................. Several creeks cross the property's rolling terrain. The land includes more than 500 acres within the 100-year flood plain that will be preserved in their natural state for recreational uses. The community will have walking trails, which is the No. 1 amenity of choice according to customer surveys, Goff said. Such trails give residents the ability "to reconnect with nature." A recreation center and "splash pad" for children will be another draw for buyers, said Virgil Yoakum, vice president and general manager of Woodforest. Yoakum recently joined Johnson Development after almost 30 years at The Woodlands Development Co. To serve another segment of the population, several hundred acres will likely be set aside for the development of townhomes, apartments and active-adult housing for retirees or those nearing retirement age. Homes in Woodforest, which will be served by the Montgomery and Conroe school districts, will range from the mid-$100,000s to more than $1 million. Builders will be selected next year, Goff said. The first section of lots will be ready for home construction by early 2008. http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/4274748.html