Woodlands Development Company
The Woodlands Development Company, a subsidiary of Mitchell Energy and Development Corporation, opened The Woodlands in 1974. The 27,000 acre master-planned community has all the elements of a complete city, with full commercial, industrial and residential development supported by a highly acclaimed school district. Its diversified employment base supports its residential community. The driving philosophy behind The Woodlands was and is to preserve the natural forest, while carving out places to live, work, play and learn. Neighborhoods are tucked just behind the thick walls of trees lining major roads, where the medians are sown with wildflowers, signage is unobtrusive and builders are required to leave significant native vegetation surrounding home sites. The Woodlands has four zones of business development: Town Center, Research Forest, Trade Center and College Park. Similar to a downtown, Town Center is host to more than 500 businesses, shops, restaurants and entertainment, and includes the 1.1 million square foot Woodlands Mall, a 17-screen Cinemark Tinseltown theatre, Pinecroft Center and a variety of restaurants. The Trade Center is home to light manufacturing; and the 1,000-acre Research Forest is for academic and non-profit research institutes and industry such as product development laboratories and centers for medical and biotechnology research.