Texas developer bringing in state’s first Cabo-inspired lagoon as part of $1B project (Photos)
Texas developer Kent Donahue is moving forward with plans to put a Cabo-inspired blue lagoon in Lake Ray Hubbard to anchor his $1 billion resort-anchored, mixed-use development in Rowlett, which is about 15 miles east of downtown Dallas.
“As soon as we saw the Crystal Lagoons in person, we wanted to be the first community in Texas to have one,” said Donahue, who is the development partner of Bayside Land, which is overseeing the mixed-use development.
“This will be an incredible draw for Rowlett, Dallas and all of North Texas,” he added. “We are implementing some unique elements in and around the lagoon that have never been done before.”
Last July, Donahue told the Dallas Business Journal in an exclusive interview he was considering including a blue lagoon to anchor the $1 billion project.
Crystal Lagoons is developing the blue lagoon, or gigantic swimming pool, in partnership with Bayside Land Partners. The man-made lagoon would have a filtration system that would cleanse the water.
This will be the first lagoon developed in Texas, which is an important market for the Miami-based company, said Crystal Lagoons U.S. CEO Uri Man.
Man said he’s seen a growing demand for man-made lagoons from the real estate community in Texas, with plans to develop similar projects in Houston, Austin and Galveston in the future.
This will be the 12th such lagoon in the United States, with an additional 42 lagoons being negotiated throughout the country. More than 300 of these lagoons exist in the world.
The $1 billion mixed-use development, known as Bayside, will soon get an 8-acre lagoon, which is the equivalent of 10 football fields of water. The lagoon will also feature a large water fountain that will be used in conjunction with an interactive video performance for residents and visitors.
The lagoon will be surrounded by a resort and marina, two condo towers, luxury apartments, a single-family home community and more than 1 million square feet of office, retail, restaurant and entertainment space.
Construction on the $1 billion mixed-use project is slated to begin on April 26th.