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Houston-based NewQuest Properties has plans to develop the Grand Parkway Town Center on 63 acres if the 153 tract, which will include retail giant Sam's Club, other major retailers, and restaurants.

TOMBALL, TEXAS  (January 19, 2016) - Spirits were high among the standing-room only crowd on Friday, Jan. 15, as Lone Star College-Tomball (LSC-Tomball) hosted the ribbon cutting for its new satellite center, Lone Star College-Creekside (LSC-Creekside).

Community leaders in northwest Houston are taking a closer look at marketing as the Grand Parkway moves closer to completion.

Slated for a first quarter of 2016 opening, construction on the Grand Parkway continues to progress.

Just last week, Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders sent out an email stating they had reached a milestone with the 100 percent completion of beams and bridge decks stretching the 38-mile roadway.

The Grand Parkway’s segments F-G will allow for East Montgomery County and surround communities to travel to other parts of the county and Houston easier.

Motorists in north Houston expecting to use the city’s third outer loop in 2015 on their daily commutes will have to wait a few more months. Contractor Zachry-Odebrecht Parkway Builders has announced segments F-1, F-2 and G of the Grand Parkway will open sometime in the first quarter of 2016.

Local officials took the stage June 25 during the seventh annual Tomball Economic Development Corporation Economic Outlook Luncheon to discuss mobility projects and the area’s growth.

The 10-mile area surrounding Tomball nearly doubled from 245,000 people in 2000 to 485,000 people this year, Tomball Mayor Gretchen Fagan said during the luncheon.

Both Tomball and Magnolia officials are making headway on large projects to control development, marking progress on their comprehensive plans and providing a framework for the future.

After more than a century as cities, Tomball and Magnolia adopted their comprehensive plans in 2009 and 2013, respectively, to guide future development in the rapidly growing area.

The first tenant of the Tomball Business and Technology Park broke ground Sept. 30 on its new 62,000-square-foot research and development facility.

Canadian-based Packers Plus Energy Services, an international oilfield services company, will begin construction in October on Phase 1 of its new facility, which is expected to be complete in mid-2016, Chief Technology Officer Kevin Trahan said.

Tomball and Magnolia are becoming the new hot spots in the Greater Houston area for industrial development, according to local developers. The cities are benefiting from relatively low building prices per square foot in comparison to other parts of the Greater Houston area as well as an abundance of available lots.