Over the next four or five years, auto dealership owner Gene Gabus will preside over the conversion of 400 acres of family-owned farmland west of Highway 141 to the Heritage of Grimes, where builders could provide rooftops for an estimated 4,500 new residents, national restaurant chains will build among locally owned eateries, and residents will gather at a park, stroll along pedestrian and bike trails and dip fishing lines in lakes.

"It's not going to change Grimes, but it's going to bring Grimes something they've never had," Gabus said.

For now, it's all on paper, but it has been in Gabus' mind for nearly a decade and in the planning stages for the last two years. In May, construction should begin on a street that will bisect the development and empty onto a new interchange at Highway 141. When it is finished in June, it will provide a pathway to construction.

Builders already are showing a keen interest.

"I'm excited about it. It's going to be a neat project," said Hannah Inman. She owns the KDC Built homebuilding company with her husband, Mike. Their firm plans to construct two townhomes that will fit in with architectural covenants. That means the townhomes will be a combination of "prairie style and farmhouse revival."
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