Development on Northpark Drive in Kingwood has revved up to match the speed of the population growth in the Lake Houston area.
Commercial incentives, planned transportation improvements and thousands of acres of yet-to-be developed land have allowed Kingwood to stand out as a preferred suburban outpost, economic development sources said
Developers are attracting restaurants new to the area, popular staples and major grocery stores to the front of Kingwood as businesses and residents prepare for Northpark Drive to get a $90 million expansion and facelift.
“We’re a really well kept secret,” said Mark Mitchell, president of the Lake Houston Economic Development Partnership. “And we’re kind of OK with that.”
Mitchell said this hidden gem status makes Kingwood attractive to businesses that are looking to expand into an area with exponential growth. Mitchell’s role with the LHED — a subsidiary of the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce — involves guiding businesses through the development process.