The Italian word that means “table” or “a meeting place,” Tavola, will be the new place for residents to live in East Montgomery County.
Situated along Roman Forest Blvd. across the railroad tracks and before the city limits on the south side of the road, Friendswood Development will bring the master-planned community to new residents who wish to move into the county.
Friendswood Development selected this parcel of land near Roman Forest and Interstate 69 because of expected growth in the area due to the Grand Parkway connecting near the development, Hwy. 242 and a plethora of new businesses moving into the area.
Representatives from Friendswood were on hand at the Concerned Citizens of East Montgomery County meeting on March 4 where they had the opportunity to discuss the new community and what they hope to bring to the area.
“We have had success in the development of both Kingwood and Oakhurst so we are looking for Tavola to be a continuation of that success,” said Michael Johnson, of Friendswood Development Company. “Montgomery County has been very supportive and we see I-69 to continue to be a major growth corridor for Houston.”
In 2012, Friendswood Development purchased approximately 1,564 acres of land.
About 1,000 acres sits east of I-69 and the remaining 500 acres sits to the west of the Interstate where EarthQuest, who has an 18-month option to purchase the land for development, is slated to be situated.
The area where Friendswood Development will build Tavola is projected to yield over 2,000 homesites, approximately 92.4 acres of commercial/mixed use development along the I-69 frontage road and a new elementary school for New Caney Independent School District which is scheduled to be under construction in 2014.
The price point will range from the $140’s to the $400’s with a projected average of $225,000 per home.
“We are currently focused on Phase 1 which will have the access roads to Tavola off of Roman Forest Blvd. We will keep the wooded-feeling as drivers turn into the community as well as a water feature and entry monuments,” Johnson said.
There are three residential options for the homeowner to purchase and they expect to open Phase 1 in late spring/early summer of 2014.
Beyond Phase 1, they hope to introduce some townhomes and larger lots in the next phases.
“This is a significant project and investment for us and for Montgomery County which will add close to $450 million in additional ad valorem value,” Johnson added.
Friendswood Development representatives also made a presentation to the City of Roman Forest residents at their January meeting where several residents suggested walking and/or bike trails using part of the main road.
Another resident at the Concerned Citizens meeting inquired about the infamous columns that welcome people into the Roman Forest community and whether they would stay or not to which Johnson answered they would most likely be removed when they re-work the entrance.
“We are very excited about this opportunity and new development,” said Johnson. “This area is continuing to grow and our current projections for Tavola estimate a build out over 10 to 15 years.”
Source: The Montgomery County Observer, March 5, 2013