The ground has been cleared and construction of the golf course is underway at Grand Oaks Reserve in Cleveland. The master-planned, 600-acre community – located at the east end of the SH 105 bypass by Cleveland Middle School – will have model homes under construction by late spring or early summer, according to Amanda De Rosario, vice president of McKinley Development Group, a Willis-based company backed by China-based Yihai Group.
De Rosario shared updates on the project at a meet-and-greet with city leaders on Jan. 3 at Cleveland City Hall.
“We are very proud to be part of Cleveland’s growth. We are looking forward to this year,” she said.
In addition to 1,000 brick homes, some lining a 39-acre man-made lake, Grand Oaks Reserve will also have an apartment complex with 416 units and a condominium complex for 256 homes, ranging from 1 to 3 bedrooms. Other acreage near the entrance has been set aside for commercial development, and De Rosario says there is already a lot of interest in home and commercial sites.
“We have seen Sugarland grow up and Pearland, and now there is Cleveland. Cleveland will be there. It will be an exceptional place for people to come and build their homes,” she said. “We already have a waiting list, believe it or not, of people interested in buying homes. We are really excited about that.”
On the commercial side, the development company already has contracts for a convenience store located near the entrance and a restaurant.
David Nemeth, president of McKinley Development, told city leaders that construction of the golf course began two months ago and is on schedule.
The golf course will feature a nine-hole course and a clubhouse that can accommodate weddings, receptions and meetings.
City leaders then watched a 20-minute video presentation of how the development will look once completed and built out. Afterward, Cleveland City Manager Kelly McDonald shared her appreciation that Cleveland was selected for the project.
“This is going to be phenomenal for Cleveland. It gives me goosebumps. We have heard many things through the years that growth is coming, but I believe this is the first time since I have lived in Cleveland that this is actually going to happen,” she said. “Now let’s get it built. Let’s get it here. These are exciting times. I can’t say that enough.”
While the focus of the Jan. 3 gathering was the residential development, McKinley Development Group also is constructing a 122-acre industrial park on the west side of Cleveland on SH 105. The company has already invested $10 million between the two projects and is plans to spend $100 million more before the developments are complete.
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