Crystal Lagoons Texas City’s Project Lago Mar Expected To Boost Economy
Halfway between Houston and Galveston, the largest development under a single master-plan along the I-45 highway between Dallas and Galveston Bay is underway, and officials expect it will bring thousands of residents and billions of taxable dollars to Texas City and the Greater Houston area. The online media outlet, Community Impact Newspaper, recently highlighted the development, which will be anchored by a 12-acre crystalline lagoon powered by Crystal Lagoons technology. It is expected to be the projects central piece and to greatly increase tourism.
The project known as Lago Mar, which includes plans for over 7,000 homes, commercial and retail development, possible expansions of the area’s petrochemical wand medical industries, and a 12-acre crystalline lagoon, which officials expect will greatly increase tourism.
The project is in full swing after a dip in the economy set back plans, but builders, residents and officials know the development’s potential positive effects, and they are all thrilled.
Lago Mar will attract Texas City residents looking for an upgrade, but it will also draw in residents who do not mind commuting up to Houston or down to Galveston. NASA, medical and petrochemical workers could live in Lago Mar, said Collin Campbell, senior community development manager for Land Tejas Companies, developer of the project.
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Land Tejas bought a 3,300-acre tract of land in Texas City in 2006. It took two years to get the documentation to start building.
Although Land Tejas included a 2-acre Crystal Lagoons amenity in its Balmoral development in northeast Houston, Lago Mar’s crystalline lagoon will be six times as big, said Tim Johnson, Land Tejas’ director of sales and marketing.
The lagoon will include sand beaches and advanced technology to keep the water clean and in crystalline condition. Its depth will range up to 10-12 feet deep and will have private and public access via a ticketed entry. The aspect of the project has been hailed by all involved as unique and is part of Crystal Lagoons new business model, known as Public Access Lagoons (PAL).
So far, city officials and residents alike are sold on the idea of the lagoon, which is set to be complete by December and swimmable by spring 2020.
Sarah Jackson and her husband moved into Lago Mar from Dickinson in September. Jackson is happy with the progress of the development and the lagoon.
“To be able to have that year-round and utilize that with our families—we were very excited about that,” she said. Lago Mar will also include hotels, restaurants, apartments and more.
“We plan on having restaurants and a hotel adjacent to the crystalline lagoon on the east side of it. Those folks that will go to the restaurants or stay at the hotel will have access [to the lagoon],” Campbell said.
Other amenities include lakes, a 3,000-square-foot clubhouse, a fitness center, a playground and a soccer field.
Crystal Lagoons is an international innovation company, founded by scientist Fernando Fischmann, which has developed a patent-protected technology that allows the construction and maintenance of unlimited-size clear water lagoons at very low costs.
Source: Community Impact Newspaper