Plans for a new residential neighborhood as well as new construction for businesses are underway in Friendswood.
A new 261 acre residential development was approved at a recent City Council meeting. Friendswood Trails will offer 424 single family residential lots and the subdivision will have detention ponds, a trail system and pocket parks.
Council also approved a $25,000 economic incentive grant for a new retail center in Downtown Friendswood. Located at the corner of Friendswood Drive and Echo Lane, the new center will have Us Tearoom and NRL Mortgage. Leasable space is still available for the new center.
Due to the center’s location in the City’s Downtown Neighborhood Empowerment Zone, all city related development fees will be waived.
Construction is underway off FM 2351 near Blackhawk Boulevard for two new retail buildings. Planned to be built in two phases, the first phase is currently underway and so far, Mornings Kolaches has announced it will occupy space in the new retail center.
Sterling Plaza on Winding Way is adding 10,000 square feet of space with three new buildings underway. The new office buildings are set to be completed early 2017 and once finished, will be available for lease as free standing buildings or individual suites.
Friendswood has added 10 new businesses recently. They include Caring for Women Gynecology, V&R Home Healthcare Services, Alpha Elite Roofing, Law Office of Christine Mangel, Kid Creations, Stepping Stone Therapy, Exquisite Face by Design, Association of Energy Service Companies, Colony Landscape and H&E Aggregate.
Several businesses had relocations, expansions or remodels. They include Gimme a Bark Daycare, Spa and Boutique, Friendswood Massage and Acupuncture Clinic, Yogi’s Barber Shop, Generocity Foundation Repair and Bay Area Embroidery Express.
Since 2008, the City has awarded $185,000 to businesses through the Chapter 380 Municipal Grant Program, according to Economic Development Coordinator Karen Capps. For more information about economic incentives and commercial development opportunities, contact Capps at 281-996-3257.
Story by Karolyn Gephart