Private resort community underway in Ector

Published: Oct. 22, 2016 at 12:00 AM CDT
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Ector native Nathan Johnson describes the town as 'quiet'.

That's why it came as a shock to him and other residents when they found out about a private resort community being built there.

"I would never expect anything like this big of an ordeal to come in Ector," Johnson said.

The $300,000,000 project is called Trident Lakes.

The fountain at the entrance can already been seen from Highway 56 and when it's done, it'll be one of the biggest in the world.

Trident Lakes spokesman Richie Whitt said Ector gives the Dallas-based developers the land and security they're looking for.

"It's an hour north of Dallas-Fort Worth," said Whitt. "In case of any sort of war or nuclear war or international terrorism, it's an hour away from what we call 'the threat zone.' "

Trident Lakes plans to have 400 condos, all 90 percent underground.

There will also be an underground tunnel system, a shared greenhouse, a DNA vault and several helipads.

"It's going to be one of the world's safest communities, so of course, it will be gated and there will be armed security at all times," said Whitt.

April Hill lives across the street from where the new neighborhood will be and is worried it'll change the town for the worse.

"Honestly, it sounds very exclusionary," said Hill. "A lot of questions are flying around right now about what's coming, what it's going to do."

"If they're going to be paying taxes to Ector, I mean I think it's going to be a really good thing," said Johnson.

Whitt wouldn't confirm what celebrities have expressed interest, but said Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg did attend an event to dedicate the equestrian center at Trident Lakes.

"It's not a mosque, it's not a some cult starting out here," said Whitt. "It's just a grand entrance to a very safe, very secure and very swank private country club."

Whitt expects people to start living there by early 2018.