Gated community under construction on East Beach

March 10, 2016


Homes will soon rise at The Preserve at Grand Beach – A rendering of Galveston Island’s first gated beachfront community on East Beach, which is under construction. The development will include 52 homesites.

Reprinted from The Galveston County Daily News
Wednesday, March 10, 2016

By LAURA ELDER The Daily News

Grand plans: Infrastructure work is far along and crews will soon begin building houses at The Preserve at Grand Beach, a gated, master-planned community of 52 home sites on land east of Stewart Beach on the island.

Crews have nearly completed the $2.5 million investment in infrastructure, including streets, underground utilities and water and sewer lines. One of two model houses, which soon will be under construction, has a buyer, developers report.

“We believe there’s nothing else like The Preserve at Grand Beach on the Texas Gulf Coast,” developer Mickey Giles said.

Unlike other island beaches, East Beach isn’t eroding, and is naturally accreting, a phenomenon developers hope will be a strong selling point.

The 39-acre development retains 14 acres of wetlands and other green space and has three beach access points along its 1,600 linear feet of beach front, Project Manager David Hoover said.

Home sites start at $125,000. At full build-out, The Preserve at Grand Beach is expected to add about $50 million to the island’s tax rolls.

Developers will sell the lots, not build on them.

Giles and Don Jordan announced plans for the development in the spring of 2013.

Jordan, a fourth-generation islander, died in October. But it was his dream to build a grand hotel on the site to emulate the former 1882 Galveston Beach Hotel, a seasonal resort. Nicholas J. Clayton was the architect of that hotel, which cost $260,000 to build.

The wood-framed hotel was destroyed by fire in 1898, according to online resources. While a boutique hotel is still planned for the Grand Beach development, it’s further down the line, Giles has said.

Reach reporter Laura Elder at 409-683-5248 or laura.elder@galvnews.com.