Crews are expected early next month to begin work on a $28 million luxury apartment complex in the massive Lago Mar development.

The 230-unit complex, called Catalon at Lago Mar, is considered to be a “Class A” property, rare for Texas City.

Work is expected to begin Feb. 1. on the apartment complex, 6130 Lago Mar Blvd., on land between Tanger Outlets and Buc-ee’s.

Class A apartments generally have been built within the past 15 years, cater to high-income tenants and have low vacancy rates.

Houston-based the M Group Cos. is the developer.

“Most of the comparable products are four or five miles north, up toward League City,” M Group Cos. founder Mark Musemeche said. “This market doesn’t have anything like this.”

The complex, which will feature stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and Wi-Fi, a fitness center, pool and other amenities, is part of a much larger development known as Lago Mar.

Lago Mar is on land east and west of Interstate 45. Developer Houston-based Land Tejas Cos. owns 2,033 acres on the west side. Two companies not affiliated with Land Tejas own another 1,300 acres on the east side of I-45.

The Lago Mar development was conceived and announced about 10 years ago. But like so many other residential developments, the project was delayed by a nationwide real estate swoon that began in 2007.

But late last year, Land Tejas said builders would begin pre-sales of single-family homes in February, with construction of four model homes to begin the same month. Pricing will be from the $200,000s.

Phase 1 of the 2,033-acre Lago Mar development will include 170 home sites. When built out, the entire development will have about 4,500 homes, officials say.

Construction activity south of Tanger Outlets is the early work for the single-family residential phase of the long awaited Lago Mar. Crews since late last year have been working on infrastructure and preparing land for houses, but no rooftops have risen.

Commercial projects in the development include the 350,000-square-foot Tanger Outlets and the 60,000-square-foot Buc-ee’s mega convenience store and gas station. Developers also are preparing land within the development for a theme park called Adventure Pointe on 35 acres.

The theme park is expected to include vintage trains, an “iceless” skating rink, zip lines, go-carts, amphitheater and a 60-room hotel owned and operated by an established chain, not the park.

Jobs will come with all the growth and commercial development, and those people will need places to live, Musemeche said.

With the rapid rise of new medical facilities on the mainland, expansion of retail in the area and petrochemical growth, Musemeche doesn’t expect there to be a problem quickly filling units at Catalon, he said.

The complex also is expected to attract people who work in Galveston but want to live on the mainland, he said.

Construction of Catalon at Lago Mar is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2017.

Reach reporter Laura Elder at 409-683-5248 or laura.elder@galvnews.com.

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Rusty Schroeder

The days of the Attwater Prairie Chicken are #'d. Last place I saw one, but TC needs development, so good bye endangered birds. [sad]

Doyle Beard

thought they were on 146 by moses lake

Jack Cross

There are no chickens where this development is. Doyle is correct, they are on the preserve. I say they are there but I have never seen anyone who has seen one and I was for 5 years chairman of the Texas City fish and Wildlife committee. This place is a waste of funds, it should be sold and developed. it is prime land. It borders the levee on the north side of moses lakes. Some of the best protected water front lots could be built there...

Rusty Schroeder

Tongue in cheek Jack, I've seen about as many Prairie Chickens at Lago Mar as I've seen at the refuge. I did see a pair while goose hunting when I was 14 or 15 at Halls Bayou Ranch, that was a long time ago. I just hate seeing all that land turned into houses and apartments, where are the people coming from? And how do you know there are no chickens there, just because you say so?[beam]

George Croix

Jack, my wife and I saw one of the Attwaters about 4 years ago while driving north in the Ford 4x4 on 146 past the preserve area.
We saw the chicken when it dashed across the roadway heading west about 100 feet in front of my truck as I was doing about 60mph.
I didn't get him, but that may explain why there are so few sightings....??[wink]

Keith Gray

George, somewhere in your post there has to be a joke.... why did the Attwater cross the road....

Jack Cross

Ne Nature Conservatory land at 146 is prime land that needs to be developed. The Chickens that no one can find needs to be trapped and sent to Eagle Lake where they have chance. 1,070 in 1967 there were 1,070 Attwater prairie chickens according to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. In an effort to save the bird from extinction, 3,500 acres were purchased in to establish the Attwater prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge at Eagle Lake (Colorado County). The refuge, originally acquired through the Nature Conservancy was expanded by federal purchase to about 8,000 acres.

George Croix

Keith, maybe it was because he didn't know the trip might 'tire' him out.....
Or maybe because he was having a 'Goodyear'.... [innocent]

If I'd have hit the 'protected species' I'd have been the one needing protection....
Sometimes I wonder if the whole world has gone as stark raving mad as we have in this country....[wink]

Keith Gray

Just another protected species that tastes like chicken….[unsure]

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