North Park Drive Expansion and the Kingwood Place H-E-B Shopping Center
North Park Bridge
Things are quickly changing at North Park Drive and Loop 494, which is home to Kingwood Place. A 54-acre land area that includes a new 103,000sf H-E-B among the 410,000-square-feet of commercial space, six retail pads and 11 acres of residential space with 300 multi-family units. The $50-million project is being developed by Stratus Properties of Austin.
In addition, North Park Drive east of Hwy. 59 will receive lane widening and left turn lanes up to Woodland Hills Drive. A bridge is also in the works for North Park Drive over Loop 494 and the Union Pacific rail lines.
Generation Park and Redemption Square
You could be forgiven for not knowing about Generation Park, the largest commercial development in the Houston area with over 4,000 acres of land. If you missed news about this McCord Development project, it is part of Houston's fastest growing economic and residential corridor—Lake Houston. It is also in the fastest growing  zip code 77044. There is an explosion of new neighborhoods in and around Generation Park where the areas tall trees give you the feeling that you're a world away from big city life.
Redemption Square, a 52-acre mixed-use lifestyle district at the heart of Generation Park offers class A offices, hotels, luxury apartments, restaurants, shops and daily services designed to provide all of the amenities one would expected of the largest planned development in Houston, including thousands of new homes, great schools and recreation areas for all ages.
For more information check out Generation Park's official website:
Raffa’s Waterfront Grill was awarded Lake Houston Life’s top honor for “BEST KINGWOOD RESTAURANT—2019.” Glen Bowen, publisher and owner of the online luxury neighborhood magazine, presented this prestigious award to the restaurant’s owner Tony Raffa on December 1, 2018. The award is in recognition of Raffa’s Outstanding Service, Creative American Cuisine, Extensive Quality Wines and Aesthetic Casual Atmosphere. Lake Houston Life Magazine presents its awards to top merchants and businesses in the Lake Houston Are. They must meet the magazine's rigorous standards for Excellence. 

Today, I hiked through the woods and came to a shallow sandy creek. I followed it until the trail narrowed and abruptly ended. I stood there a few moments, took a couple of scenic pictures and then returned the way I came. The creek's water looks dirty from above, but on the beach below I could see that the copper color was embedded in the sandy bottom. The water is clear. I followed other trails and found wooden cabins that can be reserved for camping. There were tents, too. Kids played nearby while parents looked on from beside their camp fires. I was in Lake Houston Wilderness Park. Click on the entrance sign below to visit its official website.

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LAKE HOUSTON LIFE MAGAZINE recently joined the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce and I attended an introductory class today. It was a great opportunity to introduce our magazine and to learn about the many member benefits offered by the Chamber. I look forward to working with the Chamber in the coming days to find the right niche where Lake Houston Life Magazine can make a difference. I spent the remainder of the day taking pictures of many neighborhoods in the Lake Houston Area. I discovered the new community, Bridges on Lake Houston and spent at least an hour walking around the neighborhood. It's really, really nice.