KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — A community of 880 new homes is expected to come to Kyle by sometime next year.

On Thursday, Landsea Homes Corporation broke ground on Freedom at Anthem.

“Where’s the best place for us to be and Kyle was a no brainer for us,” said Texas Division President of Landsea Homes Vince Ruffino.

The homebuilder said this marks the beginning of construction on its first ground-up community in Texas.

“We will bring 50 foot lots, 60 foot lots, 70 foot lots and even some 36 foot lots,” Ruffino said.

Details on the community:

  • homes from 1,500 to 2,900 square feet
  • options for three to five bedrooms
  • amenity center includes a lap pool, pickleball, basketball court and playground area
  • onsite elementary school

The grand opening is expected to be in 2024.

“We should have homes on the ground and ready to move into with our with our clients by second or third quarter of next year,” Ruffino said.

‘The construction jobs are very high’

This is just one of many new projects in the area.

CEO of Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Paul Fletcher said while the construction sector is slowing down around the country, it isn’t in Hays County.

“We can see that it’s in very high demand. As a percentage of total jobs, the construction jobs are very high, a high percentage,” Fletcher said.

Along with that, there’s a high demand for commercial truck drivers as well. Fletcher said right now, one of the largest major occupation groups in Hays County is transportation and material moving.

“Just like we need to have a high demand for people to build the buildings, we have high demand for the building materials and other supplies that are needed to make it to the jobsite,” he said.

KXAN’s Sarah Al-Shaikh will have more on this story. You can watch on KXAN News at 5.