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Plans (finally) revealed for Camp Strake property

August 05, 2014

A name for the large mixed-use project has yet to be decided, but Houston-based Johnson Development Corp. has revealed new information on its plans for the former Camp Strake property in Montgomery County.

The project will include traditional single-family homes, townhomes, apartments — for sale and rent — office and retail space, as well as space for hotels and conference centers, said Doug Goff, COO of Johnson Development Corp. He declined to reveal any more specific details at this time, other than to say the market will decide how many hotels will be built in the development.

Construction will begin on the project’s infrastructure in early 2015. Johnson Development is working out a contract to sell a portion of the property to Houston-based Fidelis Realty Partners, which will build a large-scale retail center in the mixed-use development on the 336 Loop, Goff said. He would not reveal how many acres the sale will include.

Johnson Development will develop a third of 2,046-acre property, which sits on the southwest corner of Interstate 45 North and Loop 336, south of Conroe, with frontage on both I-45 and Loop 336. The rest of the property will remain undeveloped as green space.

“Thousands of people are emotionally attached to this property,” Goff said. “We are taking great care in the planning of the project as it relates to the pristine nature of this land.”

Boston-based Sasaki Associates, which designed most of The Woodlands as well as Bridgeland The Howard Hughes Corp.’s newest master-planned community located in Cypress, designed the master plan for the new project. Other architectural firms working on the project were not revealed and representatives would not say if a general contractor has been named.

Johnson Development purchased the site from Sam Houston Area Council Boy Scouts of America for an undisclosed price in November 2013. The Montgomery County Commissioners Court signed off on a tax incentive on March 5 that will repay Johnson $20 million over 10 years as it builds out a large-scale mixed-used development on the 2,046-acre site.

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