Tres Lagos continues growth in north McAllen

Heavy machnery is seen Wednesday, July 20, 2018, during the construction of Tres Lagos, a new sub-division in McAllen off of Ware Road and Monte Cristo. (Delcia Lopez | dlopez@themonitor.com)

McALLEN — After months of construction, the landmark, 2,500-acre community called Tres Lagos in North McAllen has seen an uptick in activity now that there are some pillars in place.

Most notably, Tres Lagos welcomed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on its grounds this fall for the opening of a $40 million, 100-acre Texas A&M campus. The community has also hosted multiple farmers markets, which Mike Rhodes, the developer of the site, said have been successful. The community participated in the recent McAllen holiday parade, has held yoga events at its clubhouse and has sold 248 home lots, worth $67 million, since they began writing up home sales in the summer of 2017.

A church has also recently purchased 15 acres for the construction of a multi-thousand person religious center.

But Tres Lagos has a long way to go: The community’s construction will continue for the next three decades, as Rhodes hopes to complete Tres Lagos within 30 years.

While 248 lots have been sold more than a year into the sales at a positive pace, the developers said, Tres Lagos’ goal is to sell 5,000 by the 30th year of the development.

Local and state leaders are also bullish about the future of the community, specifically surrounding the pull of Texas A&M.

At the October event with Abbott, State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, spoke about the community’s positive prospects and the college campus, as did the governor and John Sharp, the Texas A&M system chancellor.

Sharp said graduates of the McAllen campus will get Aggie rings, as is tradition at the main College Station campus. Abbott also emphasized the convenience the new campus presents for Rio Grande Valley students.

“If students want to go to College Station to earn their Aggie degree, that’s great,” Abbott said. “And if they want to earn their degree down here in McAllen, that’s great, too.”