The Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce welcomed a national builder to the community Friday with a formal ribbon-cutting ceremony for Lennar Homes.

“This is our 60th year in the business, so we aren’t new, but I guess we are new to Harker Heights,” said Robert Eckrich, a new-home consultant with the company.

Lennar started building homes in the Evergreen Estates subdivision off Farm-to-Market 2410 several months ago and has plans to fill out additional lots in the ongoing subdivision phases.

Central Texas demonstrated strong residential growth, and many of Lennar’s competitors experienced success in the area, Eckrich said. Lennar wants to give Central Texans a chance to own its homes, too.

The builder is constructing homes in Bunny Trail Estates in Killeen, too, said Cindy Thompson, another Lennar sales consultant.

Their homes in Killeen and Heights offer different price ranges and are comparable to neighboring builders.

Thompson said Lennar’s homes are different from other builders’ properties because a lot of what would consider upgrades are standard with Lennar, such as flooring and higher-end appliances.

Several of the Harker Heights homes, including a model displayed during the ribbon-cutting, have an additional guest suite with a full bath, washer and dryer connections and a kitchen, Thompson said.

The builder plans to build extra inventory, which will be available for move-in within 30 days, as the developer continues work in Evergreen Estates.

With plans to continue building in both cities, Lennar is excited to become part of the community and help fulfill its needs, Eckrich said.

According to a Harker Heights report, more than 46 home construction permits were issued in Evergreen Estates last year. Eight are Lennar Homes, with three sold and five available in February. Some empty lots also had Lennar “Taken” signs posted on them. | 254-501-7554

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​ or (254) 501-7474

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