A full-service conference center hotel with a minimum of 300 rooms, managed by Benchmark Global Hospitality and designed by Gensler, will anchor Katy Boardwalk District’s new lakefront destination that will serve as a hub for entertainment and community. The Texas development will also feature luxury loft residences and a 90-acre nature preserve showcasing the region’s native trees, flora and wildlife.
The announcement follows the Katy Development Authority’s recommendation to enter into a master development agreement with developer KBH Venture to bring a full-service, 4-star conference center hotel to the 169-acre setting at Kingsland Boulevard and Katy Fort Bend Rd.
The project will include a specialty restaurant, bar, pool and fitness center. The master development agreement also calls for a conference center of at least 43,000 sq. ft. The conference center hotel, built by Houston-based KDW, is expected to open in the fall of 2021. Construction will start in the fall of 2019 and the hotel’s brand is expected to be announced early next year.
The development’s resident component, Lofts at Katy Boardwalk, will include 319 loft-style luxury residences. Sueba Construction Inc. plans to break ground on the first phase of the Lofts at Katy Boardwalk in January 2019 with an expected completion by spring 2020. The residences will be designed by Sueba Consulting Inc. and managed by Southampton Management Inc.
Rounding out the project will be nearly 155,000 sq. ft. of retail space with a focus on restaurant, bar and entertainment concepts, along with 60,000 square feet of Class A office space, all designed by Gensler. Construction on the retail phase is expected to begin by late 2019 with leasing for the project’s retail and entertainment phases currently underway represented by Lacee Jacobs of CBRE.
Photo: Courtesy of Katy Boardwalk District