From the Swamplot tip jar comes this little cookie: A site plan for an unnamed grocery store and 3 fast-food drive-thru or bank-style pad sites on Highland Knolls Dr., across Westgreen Blvd. from Memorial Parkway Junior High School in Katy. And with it comes only a “rumor”: that the grocery would be a Walmart Neighborhood Market like the one the company is now constructing in nearby Cinco Ranch. The average size of a Walmart Neighborhood Market is 38,000 sq. ft., about one-fifth the size of a typical Supercenters.
The former Spring Branch Church of the Nazarene (now known as the Living Word Church of the Nazarene) purchased the 9.75-acre corner property in 2004. According to a report in Covering Katy back in February, the church had already requested the property be designated commercial.
The grocery-store portion of the proposed development, which would come in just under 5 acres of the total according to the site plan shown above, would back up to a planned extension of Norwalk Dr. On the opposite side of Norwalk is the site where Gueffen Development has plans for a 3-story, 171-unit apartment complex, and some residents of nearby Nottingham Country and Kelliwood have been signing petitions and attending neighborhood meetings to try to stop it.
- Petitioners protest proposed Katy-area apartments [Houston Chronicle]
- Katy Residents Petition To Stop Apartment Complex On Highland Knolls – Ask M.U.D. To Deny Water & Sewer [Covering Katy]
- Our History [Living Word Church of the Nazarene]