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Rowlett’s $1 billion Bayside development, Crystal Lagoon breaks ground

Crystal Lagoon Rowlett

A rendering of how the Bayside development will look when completed

ROWLETT- The much talked about $1 billion Bayside development in Rowlett, located at the former Elgin B. Robertson Park on Lake Ray Hubbard, broke ground this morning.

Included at the groundbreaking ceremony were Rowlett Mayor Todd Gottel, Rowlett City Manager Brian Funderburk, Bayside Land developer Kent Donohue and Crystal Lagoons CEO Uri Man.

The 257-acre mixed-use lakefront resort development will feature a “world-class” resort and marina, two condominium towers, luxury apartments, single-family homes and more than one million square feet of mixed use retail, entertainment, restaurant and office space.

Bayside’s crown jewel is an eight-acre, Cabo-style Crystal Lagoon, the first in Texas, featuring the largest show fountain in Texas. The lagoon will be 25 times the size of an Olympic swimming pool and equivalent to 10 football fields of water. Ideal for swimming, sailing, stand-up paddle boarding and more, the environmentally sustainable Crystal Lagoon uses 50 percent less water than a park of the same size; 30 times less water than an 18-hole golf course; 100 times less chemicals than a swimming pool and up to 50 times less energy than conventional pool filtration systems.

The show fountain is one acre in size and 300 feet long with 250 water nozzles that shoot water up to 200 feet in the air, 29 fire nozzles, and two video mist screens that project an interactive performance daily and nightly live entertainment open to the public.

Other project amenities include 45 acres of open space including a Town Center Park, lush gardens, and more than 2,000 new trees; 4.5 miles of hike and bike trials along the shore of Lake Ray Hubbard; and an open-style battery operated bench trolley.

“Today is the culmination of three years of planning for a legacy project that will transform Rowlett and Lake Ray Hubbard into a signature resort and entertainment destination for all of Texas and beyond,” said Donahue. The developer worked with the City of Rowlett to purchase the 262 acres of land for Bayside from the City of Dallas for $31.8 million last year.

“Bayside is a uniquely sophisticated urban lake front environment,” he added.  “It will be pedestrian friendly with a huge expanse of lush green space and the latest entertainment, shopping and dining venues.”

“It’s our new gateway into Rowlett on Interstate 30,” said Mayor Gottel. “Not only will it make our citizens very proud, it will increase the City’s tax revenue by 30 percent and that’s great news for residents. This is a once-in-a-lifetime economic development opportunity that will absolutely enhance our quality of life and allow us to welcome visitors from all over North Texas to enjoy Rowlett hospitality at its finest.”

Donahue and city officials also announced the first annual Rowlett Bayside Regatta, a sail boat competition that will take place on Lake Ray Hubbard Sept. 30 – Oct. 1, 2016. It will benefit “Rebuild Rowlett.”

Mass grading, utility and infrastructure construction have already begun for the first phase of the project, which includes 845 units of luxury multi-family developed by Western Rim; 600 units of lifestyle townhomes and single-family homes; and 400,000 square feet of commercial, retail and office space.

“This will be an incredible draw for Rowlett, Dallas and all of North Texas,” said Donahue. “We are implementing some unique elements in and around the lagoon that have never been done before. The public is going to be amazed.”

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