The Woodlands Business March 2017
Grand Central Park Announces Plans For Nature-Inspired Gathering Place
Grand Central Park, Montgomery County’s newest master-planned community, has announced it will add a quaint, nature-inspired gathering place known as Trillium Park within its first phase of new homes.
Named after the perennial flowering plants planned for the new setting, Trillium Park will open this summer with a babbling brook leading to a covered pavilion complete with picnic tables and other sitting areas.
“With its location within our first phase of new homes, Trillium Park is the perfect spot to catch up with neighbors or for a quick break while on a walk or bike ride through the community,” notes Grand Central Park Director of Marketing Shannon League.
Grand Central Park offers single-family homes, luxury patio homes and lifestyle townhomes by Houston’s most respected new home builders, all within a short walk to magnificent, natural settings of parks, lakefront views and open spaces. The master-planned community by Johnson Devel– opment Corp. also is home to the impressive, 88-acre Grand Lake, the 12-acre Deer Lake and more than 10 miles of meandering nature trails ideal for hiking and biking, all amidst lush, forested acreage.
Visit GrandCentralParkTX.com for more information and to sign up for e-mail updates from the community.
Art Outlet Celebrates 5th Anniversary In The Woodlands
Locally owned Art Outlet will celebrate its five-year anniversary in March and will host an Anniversary Open House on March 6, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the gallery. Owners Ed and Susan Scruggs invite local artists to showcase and sell their works. A variety of art will be on display.
Art Outlet opened its only gallery in The Woodlands area in 2012. Since that time, it has served The Woodlands community and surrounding areas with beautiful, original oil paintings, frames and mirrors.
Art Outlet offers a free two-day trial of paintings so the customer can make sure their selections are the correct size and compliment the existing colors in their, home, office or weekend retreat. To learn more, visit artoutletwoodlands.com.
CISD Board Of Trustees Approves Attendance Boundaries
The CISD Board of Trustees has approved the recommendation from the Attendance Boundary Committee (ABC) for the new Oak Ridge/Grand Oaks feeder zones, which coincides with the opening of three new campuses in the area in the next two years.
Lucille J. Bradley Elementary, located at 4200 Falls Lake Drive, will open in August 2017 and serve students in kindergarten through grade 4. In August 2018, CISD will open two campuses: Flex 18, an intermediate level campus serving grades 5 and 6, located at Trench Lane and Woodson’s Reserve Parkway, and Grand Oaks High School, located at 4800 Riley Fuzzel.
The District established the ABC to study the student growth and develop a recommendation to make to the Board for the attendance zones for the new schools. Nine community forums were held during October, November, December and January. The committee also received over 1,000 comments online.
Trustee John Husbands thanked everyone on the Committee along with Dr. Chris Hines, deputy superintendent of operations, for their efforts in the process.
Trustee Scott Moore added, “I’d also like to thank those parents and community members that took the time to voice their opinion, to come out to the public forums, to fill out the form on the website, and to write the email.”
The new attendance zones can be viewed at conroeisd.net/about/attendance-boundary-process
Township Chairman Gordy Bunch Featured At Economic Outlook Conference
The Woodlands Township Chairman of the Board Gordy Bunch was a featured speaker at The Woodlands Economic Outlook Conference Jan. 27 in The Woodlands. With a theme of “Fully Charged – Moving Forward,” The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce has produced this event annually since 1987 bringing together nationally recognized speakers, roughly 800 business and community leaders, and corporate sponsors.
Now the largest business conference in the area, this event is for high-profile business leaders to gain insight and knowledge on the trajectory of our economy and ways to prepare for future growth. Global, national and local speakers are secured to address attendees on the economy, trends and growth.
Bunch owns one of the nation’s largest insurance agencies, The Woodlands Financial Group, and serves as a volunteer as Chairman of the Board for The Woodlands Township, the governing body for The Woodlands. In his presentation, Bunch highlighted The Woodlands Township for having a strong business climate that produces strong revenues which help lower the tax rate for residents and business.
“We have one of the lowest tax rates in the region and around the state,” said Bunch, referring to The Woodlands Township’s rate that has lowered from 32.5 cents per $100 value in 2010 to 23 cents per $100 value in 2016. Additionally, The Woodlands Township has bond ratings of excellent investment quality as well as reducing debt while reserving funds for future preservation of The Woodlands.
To see the documents Bunch used in his presentation, visit thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/10080
Woodforest Showcases Million- Dollar Homes At Pine Island Luau
Pack up your leis and head out to Pine Island, Woodforest’s newest estate neighborhood, for a party in paradise surrounded by million-dollar homes, 3-8 p.m., Saturday, April 29, at 505 Grand Palisade Place.
For the Pine Island Million Dollar Showcase, the Montgomery community is throwing a Hawaiian-style luau with all of the tropical trimmings. Attendees will enjoy appetizers as well as hula dancers, fire jugglers and a steel drum band. Showcase homes by custom builders will be open for touring. The event is free and open to the public. Those unable to attend Saturday can tour the homes noon-5 p.m. Sunday, April 30. Learn more at woodforesttx.com.
Conroe ISD Earns 17th ConsecUtive Meritorious Budget Award
Conroe ISD has received the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International’s Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for excellence in budget presentation during the 2016–2017 budget year.
The MBA program promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation and enhances school business officials’ skills in developing, analyzing, and presenting a school system budget. After a rigorous review by professional auditors, the award is conferred only on school districts that have met or exceeded the program’s stringent criteria. This is the 17th year the District has received such a distinction from ASBO.
ASBO Director of Certification and Recognition Programs Vee Boehringer commented on CISD’s long-standing participation in the MBA program and stated, “[this] is a true reflection of the district’s commitment to fiscal integrity.”
In addition to receiving the MBA, the District has received the highest recognition for transparency from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts seven years in a row, a five-star rating from TXSmartSchools (formerly known as the Financial Allocation Study for Texas) for having high academic standards with spending efficiency six years in a row, and a 1-1 rating from Education Resource Group for Academic and Financial Performance nine years in a row.
Superintendent Dr. Don Stockton remarked, “Conroe ISD appreciates the recognition for excellence in budget preparation from the Association of School Business Officials. We believe that transparency in all things is essential in being good stewards of public funds and building strong relationships with our patrons. For more information, visit asbointl.org/MBA.
Houston Methodist The WoodLands Hospital Breaks Ground On Second Medical Office Building
As Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital continues preparing for its July 1 grand opening, it has broken ground on its second medical office building and a parking garage, both on the hospital campus, located at the southeast corner of Hwy. 242 and Interstate 45 in The Woodlands.
The new medical office building will resemble Medical Office Building 1 (MOB 1), which opened in March 2016 and is already 100 percent leased. MOB 1 houses Houston Methodist Breast Care Center and Houston Methodist Weight Management Center, among other specialty services and independent physician offices. In April, Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine will move into its state-of-the art-facility, which will occupy the entire second floor and include physician offices, physical therapy and rehabilitation space.
The second medical office building, Medical Office Building 2, will be six stories tall and have more than 160,000 gross square feet. “We are very excited about the progress we are making on our campus. Opening a second medical office building will allow us to recruit medical staff committed to leading medicine and building comprehensive clinical programs,” said Debbie Sukin, regional senior vice president, Houston Methodist, and chief executive officer, Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital.
Both medical office buildings will be connected to the hospital via a third level bridge and skywalk system, as will the parking garage, which will be located between the two MOBs. The garage will have seven levels and spaces for 785 cars.
The two new projects are scheduled for completion in early 2018. Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital is master planned to have four medical office buildings and three parking garages.