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Beazer, Taylor Morrison partner for 235-acre LaPorte development

May 24, 2019

Beazer Homes and Taylor Morrison have teamed up to develop a master-planned community on one of La Porte’s largest remaining tracts of land.

The 235-acre development, to be called Morgan’s Landing, is on the west side of Bay Area Boulevard between Fairmont Parkway and Spencer Highway and is planned to have 642 homes. The builders will offer homes priced from the low $200,000s on 45-, 50- and 60-foot wide lots.

Atlanta-based Beazer Homes purchased the tract from Houston-based Avera Cos. in 2017, part of a larger undeveloped tract Avera acquired from PPG Industries. Avera retained 134 acres on the east side of Bay Area Boulevard for future development.

Located about a mile west of Texas 146, the development will be among the largest neighborhoods in La Porte, which has about 12,000 homes with an average value of around $180,000, according to Ryan Cramer, economic development coordinator with the city of La Porte.

“We have high paying industrial jobs all around us, but we’ve had a real gap in the retail,” Cramer said. “We think this brings something new to the community and something that allows us to achieve our commercial and retail goals as well.”

In announcing the project, Amy Rino, Taylor Morrison’s Houston division president, called Morgan’s Landing “an exciting community for the residents of La Porte.” and promised some of the builder’s “most innovative homes yet.”

The project will include seven acres of recreational facilities, including a swimming pool with cabanas and splash pad, lakeside walking trails and playgrounds. Area amenities include beaches and fishing piers at Sea Breeze Park and Sylvan Beach Park. The schools are Lomax Elementary School, La Porte Middle School, and La Porte High School in La Porte Independent School District.

The community, along with more than 300 apartment units planned by City Street Residential Partners, is expected to jumpstart more retail development to serve an influx of residents.

“I see it attracting more restaurants and smaller-type retail businesses,” said Horace Leopard, broker owner of Leopard Realty in La Porte.

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