HOUSTON–Springwoods Village is a1,800-acre mixed-use community being developed in north HarrisCounty, and is home to the new Exxon Mobil campus and SouthwesternEnergy's new headquarters.

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. Owner and developer, Coventry DevelopmentCorp. is working on multiple stages of the huge project,looking to deliver a significant amount in time for ExxonMobil'sbig move. GlobeSt.com caught up with Keith Simon,executive vice president of Coventry, to find out what's next forthe project. (This is the second part of a two-partinterview.)

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GlobeSt.com: What's next for SpringwoodsVillage?

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Simon: The next big and very important thing isour mixed-use district in the heart of the community. We areworking on a number of deals that will result in construction ofhigh density residential, a full service hotel and several mid-risebuildings with retail at the street level and offices above—allarranged around a major public plaza that connects to one ofSpringwoods Village's lake and park systems, which in turn connectto the Spring Creek Greenway. Phase 1 will be completed around theend of 2015.

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GlobeSt.com: In the end - what will the total office,residential, hotel and retail square footage be?

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Simon: At build-out, Springwoods Village willhave a population of approximately 15,000 and will serve up to50,000 employees. The community will have 4,500 to 5,000residential units, from luxury rental homes, to compact town-homesand single family houses with yards.

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Preliminary projections indicate about nine million square feetof commercial use (office, retail, medical, civic) atbuild-out.

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GlobeSt.com: How does Springwoods exemplify sustainable,healthy living?

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Simon: Springwoods Village was designed tocombine preservation of the existing ecosystem; development of awalkable, urban environment, with easy access to jobs, retail,entertainment and nature; and placing high sustainability standardson all home and commercial construction - an approach not seenbefore in other master-planned communities located in and aroundthe Houston area.

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The existing forest and Spring Creek ecosystems continue to beprotected and preserved during the construction phase. Thecommunity is directly connected through the Springwoods VillageNature Preserve - a 150-acre ecologically-rich naturepreserve featuring a forest habitat, wetlands and a pond - to theSpring Creek Greenway, a premier regional greenway system,providing access to 33 miles of trails, recreation and naturalecosystems for the Springwoods Village community.

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During the proposal phase, builders are asked to demonstrate aproven ability to design and build sustainable residential andcommercial products. All projects are reviewed by a Design ReviewCommittee before they are approved, to uphold the community'scommitment to sustainability standards and preservation. Forexample, residential projects are required to meet the LEED Goldand Energy Star 3 standards as a minimum.

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GlobeSt.com: Considering the entire project, what is oneaspect you are most proud of?

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Simon: Probably the single-most amazing aspectis that the land was purchased in 1962 and held out of developmentuntil the land sale to ExxonMobil in 2008. Without that patience,ExxonMobil would have ended up somewhere else and it would beunlikely that the Grand Parkway and all the other development andjob growth that is occurring in NW Harris County would takeplace.

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GlobeSt.com: Are you seeing any interesting trendswithin the master-planned community sector?

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Simon: One of the most interesting new trendsthat is being validated in both our RidgeGate (Denver, CO) andSpringwoods Village communities is the integration of corporatecampuses in mixed-use master planned communities. We believe itgives employers an advantage when recruiting and retaining theirfuture workforce that does not want to be dependent upon theircars. In a mixed-use master planned community, people can walk orbike to work and to restaurants at lunch time, be connected tonature and have access to good school districts and many privateschool options. And our communities are also strategically locatedalong surface and mass transit routes for connectivity to otherresidential centers.

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