Rise Communities LLC's new master planned community Cane Island will open to the public on March 5 and a celebration will spotlight the community's 14 model homes. Houston Business Journal web editor Laura Furr takes a look at the this and another master panned community, Harvest Green by Johnson Development Corp., that will open in the Houston area the following week.

Cane Island will feature an amenity village which includes a pool, two-story fitness center, and Bellagio-like conservatory. Meanwhile, Harvest Green will feature:

Homes and common areas will have edible landscaping and visitors will be greeted at the front of the community by a 5-acre village farm. There also will be a farm-to-table restaurant, greenhouse, a vineyard and groves of fruit trees, a nursery, farm stands and community gardens.

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