Land Tejas, Trez Capital Begin Work on 70-Acre Mixed-Use Entertainment Destination with Largest Crystal Clear Lagoon in Texas

Posted on Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Land Tejas Development has announced plans to build a 70-acre mixed-use entertainment destination in Lago Mar, a Land Tejas master-planned community in Texas City, Tex. The resort complex will feature a 12-acre Crystal Clear Lagoon — the largest in Texas. Trez Capital’s Dallas office is financing construction of the lagoon.

Framed by white sand beaches and a tropical landscape, the lagoon is scheduled to begin construction this month with projected completion of phase one in early 2020. Future phases of development around the 12-acre lagoon are planned to include multiple beaches, a large cabana pool featuring a heated pool and beach-front cabanas, a kid’s beach with water features and multiple floating docks that can accommodate kayaks, paddleboards and small sailboats. Also planned are a beach club, a two-story swim-up bar, a beachfront event lawn for weddings and concerts, a welcome center and clubhouse and an event building. A hotel is planned to be a prominent feature with restaurants and shops that will line a waterfront boardwalk promenade. Condominiums and townhomes are also planned for the 70-acre resort complex. Approximately 250,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space will be available.

“We are very excited to bring a Crystal Lagoons amenity to Lago Mar,” said Al Brende, founder of Land Tejas. “This project has amazing potential to create a totally new type of lifestyle for residents of Lago Mar and for Houston-area families looking to enjoy a fun, outdoor lifestyle.”

The Lago Mar lagoon will be up to 10 feet deep. Like the Balmoral lagoon — which is the first to open in Texas and built by Land Tejas — the Lago Mar amenity will employ Crystal Lagoons’ patented, environmentally friendly technology. The high-tech process allows lagoons to maintain its turquoise waters with 100 times fewer chemicals and 50 times less energy than a traditional pool.

“We are pleased to provide the financing for Land Tejas to help bring both the Balmoral and Lago Mar lagoons to life,” said John Hutchinson, president of Trez Capital. “The Galveston-Clear Lake corridor is booming, and resort-style amenities like a large public access lagoon will attract residents and visitors to the area for a long time to come.”

Texas City Mayor Matt Doyle agrees.

“The Lago Mar lagoon will completely change the entrance into our city, giving our citizens and tourists around the country an exciting destination for relaxation and entertainment,” Doyle said. “I could not be happier. Our mission was to make our section of I-45 something special. The Lago Mar lagoon is beyond our wildest dreams.”

In addition to Crystal Lagoons Corp., Land Tejas is working with Heidt Design, LLC, from Tampa, Fla.; Houston-based KGA/Deforest Design LLC; Kimley-Horn planning and design engineering consultants; Iowa-based event management company VenuWorks; and Jones Carter in The Woodlands to develop plans for the lagoon.

Lago Mar is a 2,033-acre community located along Interstate 45 in Texas City just 14 miles north of Galveston. More than 4,000 homes are planned for the community, and home prices start in the $200,000s. Current commercial real estate offerings in Lago Mar include Tanger Outlets and Buc-ee’s Travel Center.

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