Empire Communities Breaks Ground for Benefit Home

Terry SwensonBenefit Homes Project, Featured

Dozens of vendors, suppliers, trades, and other guests joined Empire Communities in breaking ground on June 22 on a homesite where a GHBA Benefit Home will be constructed. The lot, donated by Bold Fox Development, is located in Venetian Pines in Conroe, Texas. This is the second Benefit Home that Empire Communities has built for this 43-year-old charity fundraiser. The majority of proceeds from the sale of the home will benefit two local charities.

Each year, two to three homes are built for the Benefit Homes Project with donated land, materials, and services by GHBA members. The homes offer a variety of popular features and amenities. They are sold at market value and proceeds benefit HomeAid Houston and Operation Finally Home. Since the fundraiser began, more than $13 million has been raised.

“Empire Communities is honored to take part in this charity fundraiser that benefits two worthy causes,” said Tracy Brown, Houston division president. “We are excited to partner with our loyal vendors and suppliers on the construction of this Benefit Home, and are grateful for their commitment to supporting the project through their incredible generosity.”


In attendance from Empire Communities were: Chris Kanewske, vice president of operations; Vikki Daniel, vice president of purchasing; Jenni Leccese, regional marketing director; Jonathan Edwards, project manager; and Jackie Escalante, marketing specialist. Representing Bold Fox Development was Dane Plumley, senior project manager.

Scott Merovitch, chairman of the Benefit Homes Project and city president at Chesmar Homes, led the ceremony with opening remarks. Representing the charities were Lee Kirgan, Operation Finally Home, and Carole Brady, HomeAid Houston. Vendors in attendance included Builders Post-Tension, Southwest Sales, Arrow Glass Industries, Hart Lumber, Escobar Landscape, Caymex, Builders FirstSource, Acme Brick, ARCXIS, Rodriguez Trucking, Corey Construction Residential Roofing, Datasmart, Amailey Plumbing, and Burgess Construction Consultants.

Empire Communities’ Walkerton Plan

Empire Communities is constructing the single-story, 1,774 sq. ft. Walkerton Plan. The home offers four bedrooms, two baths, an open concept kitchen with a dining area and living room. At the back of the Walkerton, a spacious primary bedroom features ample privacy and impressive backyard views, as well as an expansive walk-in closet and dual sinks in the ensuite bath.

“This is an exciting time for the GHBA Benefit Homes Project,” said Scott Merovitch. “Partnering with Empire Communities and Bold Fox Development to build in this new community in Conroe is a huge opportunity to have a presence in Montgomery County and in a neighborhood dedicated to affordable new homes from the upper $200s. We can’t thank both the builder and the developer enough for making this generous commitment.”

About Empire Communities

Empire Communities is a residential builder/developer involved in all new home building industry sectors, including low‐rise and high‐rise built forms. Celebrating 30 years of building inspiring new places to live, Empire has an established tradition of creating prestigious award‐winning new homes, communities and amenities and has earned a reputation for outstanding attention to detail and customer service. Since its inception in 1993, Empire has built more than 32,000 new homes and condos. Today, Empire is one of North America’s largest privately held integrated residential homebuilders, with current communities in Toronto, Southwestern Ontario, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas.

About Venetian Pines

An intimate community in desirable Conroe, Texas, Venetian Pines is a nature-rich community with a focus on family connection. Relish afternoons spent exploring the lush winding trails woven throughout the community, or spend downtime fishing at the pond. When a more urban adventure calls, the community is conveniently located near Airport Road and Loop 336 for easy access to top shopping, dining, and recreation opportunities. Venetian Pines will also be zoned to the prestigious Conroe ISD.

About the Author

Terry Swenson


A writer and a photographer, Terry Swenson is GHBA's director of public relations.