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HOUSTON, TX – April 1, 2024

EMBER Real Estate Investment & Development, a Houston-based private real estate investment and development firm specializing in land acquisition and delivery of master-planned communities, industrial and select residential projects, today announced plans for an emergency services district (ESD) building to be constructed on-site at The Grand Prairie in Hockley, TX. Totaling nearly 16,000 square feet and set on a three-acre parcel, the facility is set to break ground in July and be completed in August of 2025.


To realize the vision for an emergency services building that will service residents within The Grand Prairie, EMBER has tapped an experienced project team consisting of architect Martinez Architects, civil engineering firm S&G Engineers, structural engineering firm Matrix Structural, MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) by Emerald MEP, landscaping from Evergreen Design Group, and technological implementation from Combs Consulting Group. The two-story ESD building will house emergency services vehicles, personnel, and equipment and is designed to bring critical safety measures as close to The Grand Prairie residents as possible.


“We're glad they're here. First responders are a highly valued asset in any community, and we're looking forward to the Waller-Harris ESD groundbreaking.  Having an emergency response team located within The Grand Prairie will help our residents and visitors in numerous ways - decreased response time, providing quicker assistance during crises or medical emergencies; enhanced coordination between local authorities and residents; increased safety, trust, and confidence; faster information dissemination; and better understanding of community dynamics. In essence, having the ESD's team located within the community not only improves the effectiveness and efficiency of emergency responses but also strengthens community resilience and cohesion," stated Jeb Kolby, EMBER director of development. "Plus, kids get to see cool firetrucks."


The initial phase of The Grand Prairie includes 481 homes from home builders David Weekley HomesPerry HomesSitterle Homes,Village Builders, and Westin Homes; the master-planned community recently celebrated its first home closing. Homes in The Grand Prairie range in price from the upper $200s to the $600s+ and are available on 40- 45-, 50- and 60-foot homesites.


Amenities include a one-of-a-kind welcome experience located within The Grand Prairie’s model home park, the Sundancer amenity center (anticipated to open in spring 2025), miles of interconnected trails, a 70-acre, kayak-friendly Lake Ember, five smaller lakes and 450 acres of dedicated park land that will include a number of pocket parks, including The Overlook, a 40-foot hill at the heart of the community. The Grand Prairie also recently announced plans for an onsite Waller ISD elementary school along Baethe Rd. that will offer young residents the opportunity to walk or bike to school on a daily basis. 

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About The Grand Prairie

Developed by EMBER Real Estate Investment & Development, The Grand Prairie is a 1,730-acre master-planned community located 35 miles from Downtown Houston in Hockley, TX that is ideally situated six miles west of the Grand Parkway and one mile south of US 290. Boasting top of the line nature-based amenities and new homes ranging from the upper $280s to the $600s-plus, The Grand Prairie was conceived with quality of life in mind.  The next-generation community is being thoughtfully developed to create an authentic sense of place, restoring the native grasslands in a way that pays homage to the region’s original character while giving residents a welcomed break from the constant hurry of modern-day life. For more information, please visit


About EMBER Real Estate Investment & Development

Founded by Harry Masterson, Jordan Mack and Vicente Rangel, EMBER is a private real estate investment and development firm specializing in land acquisition and delivery of master-planned communities, industrial, and select residential projects. Its vision and relationships continually generate direct off-market opportunities, and its long-term focus allows for compounded value creation. EMBER’s leaders are land experts with the technical expertise and creativity to solve challenging problems. The company additionally partners with exceptional founders and operators on best-in-class projects. In addition to providing capital and network access, EMBER offers a platform for growth and stability through long-term vision, business administration and compliance. The business prides itself on being nimble, patient and willing to take smart risks. EMBER is intellectually rigorous and honest and strives to keep things simple and straightforward while always aligning its interests with the interests of its stakeholders. 

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