- Charles Hayes
New Crystal Lagoons projects
Crystal Lagoons' turquoise water features have become a popular amenity for developers around the world, commercial and residential, that want to add a tropical feel to their projects. In fact, the $1 billion Sapphire Bay mixed-use community in Rowlett, Texas, was almost nixed when a previous developer decided to delete the planned Crystal Lagoons lake from the master plan. The city took its case to court, repurchased the land and moved forward with a new developer, which promptly added back the lagoon and broke ground on the feature in November.
Joining North Texas in its enthusiasm for a piece of paradise, albeit landlocked, are developers from Florida to California, who are set to get their own Crystal Lagoons lake this year. This includes, according to the company, the largest Crystal Lagoons feature in the United States, a 34-acre lagoon in Rancho Mirage, California, that will serve as a community gathering point at the 618-acre Section 31 mixed-use development.
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“Esplanade, a 15-acre, mixed-use development in Pittsburgh along the Ohio River.”
Other upcoming Crystal Lagoons projects include:
Lago Mar, a 2,033-acre, master-planned community near Texas City, Texas
Esplanade, a 15-acre, mixed-use development in Pittsburgh along the Ohio River
Avenir, a 2400-acre master-planned community and mixed-use project in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
What many of these developments have in common is that they plan to offer public access to their water features, with Crystal Lagoons as the operator, offering ticketed entry to each Public Access Lagoons (PAL). PALs are situated at the heart of each development, surrounded by dining establishments, beach clubs, shops, movie theaters and concert venues, turning the lagoons, which will have their own attractions like 3D shows and wave parks, into entertainment hubs. Of the projects Crystal Lagoons expects to launch this year, five of them will be PALs.
“2020 will be the year Crystal Lagoons brings PALs to the heart of cities across the U.S.,” the company told Construction Dive, “changing the lives of millions of people by offering a piece of the ocean on their doorsteps.”