Hey Lantana! You’ve Got A New Community Center On The Way

Hey Lantana! You’ve Got A New Community Center On The Way

by Steve Gamel

Lantana has long been known as a vibrant and social community that offers just about anything a resident could ask for, from hiking and biking trails to swimming pools, basketball courts, fitness centers, and outdoor family-focused events. The plan now is to take that experience to the next level with the addition of a new multi-purpose community center.

The 4,800 square-foot facility will expand the community’s existing Lifestyles Program while instantly making Lantana a “destination spot” for residents who want more than the traditional amenities of a master-planned community.

The center is expected to be completed early next year.

“You can imagine having a facility this size will leave a lot open for what residents can do,” Lantana Community Association Manager Mark Norton said. “Whatever we can imagine and fits into our budget, we will give that a try.

“We wanted a place where people don’t have to go other places to do things. It can all be done right here in Lantana.”

The new facility will have enough space to cater to anything residents can think up, from large dinners and father-daughter dances to wedding receptions, family reunions, Texas-Oklahoma football watching parties, birthdays, Mardi Gras celebrations, and more. It will feature a wrap-around porch so inside events can spill outdoors if needed. That porch will overlook sprawling green space for kids play areas, bocce ball courts, a Japanese Garden, water access for pets, and a retention pond. It will, of course, back up to the existing hiking and biking trails.

“We want it to be a destination spot even when there isn’t an event going on inside the center,” Norton said. “Of course, it backs up to the hike and bike trail, so it’s a great spot for runners and walkers to stop and also have easy access to bathrooms and water. The sky is the limit with this facility.”

Norton said the entire facility and shared spaces surrounding it will sit on approximately two acres of what is currently raw land in the Barrington subdivision at the north end of Lantana Trail. The project, which includes the purchasing of the land, building the center, and improving the grounds around the facility, will cost between $1.7 to 2 million.

The primary use of the facility is to expand upon what is already a wildly-popular Lifestyles Program. The program, started around a year and a half ago, features roughly two to three events per week. For example, the community hosted a movie on the green and magic show during Spring Break. Other programs include various adult-focused events and fitness centers offering yoga, karate, and pilates. But much of the indoor programs were limited on space.

“We do a great job offering programs for every demographic, but the only thing that was missing was a 4,800 square-foot interior facility,” Norton said with a laugh. “This will allow us to take everything we are doing to the next level.”

Norton added, “Even though Lantana is getting close to being built-out, we had an opportunity to add an amenity that will keep Lantana on the same level as master-planned communities being built today. Very few places can compare to the amenities we have in Lantana. It can all be done right here in our backyard.”

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