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Fort Bend County Prepares for Population Surge with New Development Projects

Fort Bend County is gearing up for significant growth, with plans underway to accommodate a projected doubling of its population by 2045, according to officials from the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce.

On February 13, the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce hosted an event where development leaders shared insights into the county’s evolving landscape and the initiatives in place to handle the anticipated growth.

Jeff DeWese, senior vice president for the land division of The Signorelli Co., emphasized the compelling demographics and population trends driving investment in large-scale master-planned communities within Fort Bend County. “We want to be a part of [the growth],” DeWese stated.

Here’s an update on some of the key development projects in the pipeline:

  1. Lake Pointe Redevelopment:
    • Project: Lake Pointe Plaza, a mixed-use development featuring dining, shopping, and recreational amenities in Sugar Land.
    • Update: Construction is slated to commence after June 30, with completion expected by late 2025, according to Planned Community Developers President Don Janssen.
    • Location: Intersection of I-69 and Hwy. 6
    • Timeline: Summer 2024 to late 2025
    • Size: 69 acres
  2. Indigo:
    • Project: A 750-home community in Richmond, offering agricultural spaces, retail establishments, and recreational activities.
    • Update: Model homes are set to be available in April, with the project’s completion anticipated in 2026, revealed Clayton Garrett, founding partner of Meristem Communities.
    • Location: 1300 Harlem Road, Richmond
    • Timeline: 2023 to 2026
    • Size: 235 acres
  3. Austin Point:
    • Project: A master-planned community in Rosenberg, envisioned to feature over 14,000 single- and multifamily homes.
    • Update: Phase 1 commenced in late 2023, with detention digging scheduled to begin in March, as outlined by Jeff DeWese. The first parcel of land will be allocated to homebuilders in early 2025, with model home construction slated for summer 2025. The entire development is expected to be completed over the next 30-35 years.
    • Location: Along FM 762 and south of I-69
    • Timeline: 2023 onwards
    • Size: 4,700 acres
  4. Imperial Retreat Townhomes:
    • Project: A townhome community comprising 54 single-story and 43 double-story townhomes, developed by Owais Development.
    • Update: Groundbreaking is scheduled for this summer, with completion targeted by the end of 2025, announced Mukhtar Owais, managing partner of Owais Developments.
    • Location: 17007 Old Richmond Road, Sugar Land
    • Timeline: Summer 2024 to end of 2025
    • Size: 3 acres; 2,000 square feet of living space

These development initiatives underscore Fort Bend County’s proactive approach in preparing for future population growth, ensuring a vibrant and sustainable community for residents and businesses alike.