John Flournay of McCord Development, the company that conceived Generation Park at Beltway 8 and W. Lake Houston Pkwy., wants to attract and retain a talented workforce for McCord’s $1 billion investment.

Flournay was one of the speakers at the Lake Houston Chamber’s Summer Creek BizCom Dec. 8 at Summer Creek High School.

“Lake Houston already is a great place for families,” said Flournay, director of sales and leasing for the 4,000-acre, master-planned commercial development, “but we also need to attract younger workers.”

Clint Smith, a partner in the group that developed the popular Moon Tower Inn and Voodoo Queen, both in downtown Houston, believes they have an answer to retaining young people.

By mid-January, Smith and his group will open a unique, 30,000-square-foot entertainment space at the front of Fall Creek just off Beltway 8 that will feature three distinct areas. One will be a 2,700-square-foot dance floor plus stage for live musical performances. A second area will feature a “Scratch Kitchen” that will serve great cuisine. The third area will be an old-styled barber shop offering straight razor shaves.

The venue also will feature 140 different draft beers, craft cocktails, a bourbon bar and a cigar lounge.

Smith expects an official grand opening Jan. 20.

“To attract them to Lake Houston, we need things for young adults to do,” Lake Houston Chamber President Jenna Armstrong said. “There are several venues coming to Lake Houston that will help us create a sense of place and one of those venues is White Lightning.” 

Flournay said McCord Development has invested $1 billion so far in developing Generation Park, “and nowhere else in Houston will you see that kind of development going on.” 

It takes a “tall guy” to create a new entertainment complex for Lake Houston and Clint Smith fits the bill so well that Lake Houston Area Chamber President Jenna Armstrong had to step up a couple of stairs at Summer Creek High School to meet Smith eye-to-eye. Smith spoke at BizCom about “White Lightning Dancehall & Saloon” opening in January in Fall Creek. Photos by Tom Broad

“We’ve begun construction at Redemption Square on the first five-story, 85,000-square-foot, mixed-use building that will include 60,000 square feet of office space and a 711-car parking garage – the only Class A, multi-tenant office space under construction in Houston,” said Flournay.

“That shows you the amount of activity going on in Lake Houston compared to the rest of our region,” he said.

Redemption Square is a 52-acre mixed-use corporate lifestyle district that will feature Class A offices, hotels, restaurants and shops. McCord also will build a 250-unit family project directly across from the office building, similar to living spaces seen inside Houston.

To get a true vision of what Redemption Square will look like, Flournay encouraged area residents to take a virtual tour at genpark.com/rs360. 

The next Summer Creek BizCom will be Feb. 9 at Summer Creek High School. For information about the Summer Creek, Kingwood, Atascocita and Humble BizComs, or to register, call the Lake Houston Area Chamber at 281-446-2128 or visit lakehouston.org.

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