Council Member Junior Ezeonu invites residents to attend a District 8, At-Large Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 8, from 6-8 p.m. at the Main Library, 901 Conover Dr.
City departments providing an update at the meeting will include Police, Fire, Code Compliance, Parks, Arts & Recreation, and more. For those unable to attend, the meeting will be live-streamed through Zoom. Visit gptx.org for more information.
After navigating COVID, a winter blizzard and more than a few other obstacles, Grapevine Main was finally welcomed to the community by way of a Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting on April 24.
Everyone was invited to listen to presentations, sip a little vino, enjoy some finger snacks, and watch their kids play in the fountain at Peace Plaza, which is located right in front of the clock tower. Tours from the ground floor to the Observation Tower were given to those that came out to celebrate.
Grapevine Main Station is a brand new 42,000 square foot brick and cast stone Station, which includes Harvest Hall on the first floor, where citizens and visitors alike can enjoy 7 different European style food and drink vendors; Third Rail, which offers a more private meeting space; offices on the second floor; and meeting spaces, ballrooms, and rooftop terraces on the fourth floor.
The front of the Station, Peace Plaza, is a 38,000 square foot outdoor space with outdoor seating, an interactive fountain for the kids (and kids at heart) and native landscaping. Hotel Vin, which is part of the campus, is a 120-room boutique hotel run by Marriott.
The Station also features a 15-story-high clock tower, which includes an observation deck. The tower offers views of AT&T Stadium, downtown Dallas and downtown Ft. Worth. The four 12-foot diameter glass clock faces were custom designed by Electric Time Company, which has been a manufacturer of tower and street clocks since 1928.
The main reason that this project was implemented was to provide a more all-encompassing, one-stop-shop for folks that ride the trains, as well as for visitors who come to Grapevine for all the events available throughout the year. Grapevine has a long history of train service, and these new additions not only make transferring from train-to-train easier, but also offers travelers, as well as locals, upscale shops and dining venues. If an overnight stay is planned, Hotel Vin offers rooms of ultimate luxury.
Several members of City Council presented their outlooks of Grapevine Main before staff contributors; Convention and Visitors Bureau Advisory Board Members; staff from ArchiTexas, which served as the architect for the project; members of Manhattan Construction Company; and Coury Hospitality, who made sure all of the guests were taken care of, were recognized.
“’Next stop Grapevine Main,’ was the conductor’s call heard back in 1888 when the cotton belt steam engine pulled into the new wooden depot on Main Street,” said Mayor William B. Tate in his dedication speech.
“With will and determination, Grapevine’s voice was heard, and the design of this fabulous Main Street Station complements our Main Street, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places,” Tate said. “The architectural elements demonstrate our appreciation for great rail stations in the past. The mural on the east wall features vignettes that are dear to our community. On Grapevine Main’s exterior and interior, we have put our heart on the line for the world to see.
“Welcome to your hometown. We hope this place touches your heart. We invite you to always make your ‘Next Stop Grapevine,’” said Tate.
The two cornerstones, one that was inscribed with the names of the people that were involved in the project, and the other, which contained the address in large letters and presented some words of purpose, were unveiled.
The symbolic ribbon was cut after a champagne toast, which was poured and handed out by members of the Grapevine Wine Pouring Society. Members of City Council, Mayor Tate, representatives from the CVB, Architexas and Manhattan Construction Company participated in the ribbon cutting to officially open the building.
Tours of the Grapevine Main Station, including Harvest Hall, the Observation Tower and Peace Plaza were offered.
As the hallways are navigated, the ceiling lights change form from a spiral to a x-shape to horizontal lines. The tour guide explained that folks can find the horizontal line lights to take them to the train depot.
The upstairs meeting and ballrooms were elegant and spacious, with unique chandeliers throughout. Access to the outdoor Roja Rooftop Terrace, which is a feature for guests of Hotel Vin, was available on the fourth floor. The seating area surrounds the skylight to Harvest Hall and offers temperature-controlled “bubbles” in cold weather, as well as open seating in warmer seasons.
“This is incredible,” said attendee Cindy Feldner. “I’ve lived in Grapevine most of my life, and it seems like they keep offering so many new things. This town is very different from what it was just five or ten years ago.”
Dallas police have issued an arrest warrant for City Council member Kevin Felder, nearly two weeks after the council member was allegedly involved in a car accident with a scooter prior to a City Council meeting.
The news of the warrant broke Monday afternoon, not long after Felder took part in a Public Safety & Criminal Justice Committee meeting. Felder’s troubles continued afterward when he was in what appeared to be a physical altercation with a TV news cameraman as the first-term council member left City Hall.
A new SH 121 interchange at FM 2499 will be constructed as part of the upcoming $370 million DFW Connector project. (Photo by Brian Pardue/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Grapevine City Council met briefly Oct. 2 to approve a contract with NorthGate Constructors to relocate utilities for an upcoming transportation project and to restrict parking along two streets in downtown Grapevine.
With the expectation that SH 121 traffic near Grapevine Mills will nearly double by 2025, work began this summer to relieve bottlenecks that commonly occur along a three-mile strip of the roadway.
The $370 million Texas Department of Transportation project includes rebuilding and widening SH 121 north of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to accommodate new interchanges at I-635 and FM 2499.
Frisco City Council tabled a rezoning request that would allow a multilevel shopping center with additional retail, office, hotel and urban living residential on 77 acres south of US 380 and west of Dallas Parkway.
The proposal has been tabled until the Sept. 4 meeting.
Several council members expressed concern regarding the multifamily component of the development. Some council members also questioned the concept of the development and whether it would be successful.
During a McKinney City Council meeting Tuesday night approximately 65 people expressed support for the consideration of a new US 380 alignment starting to the west of Custer Road.
The 65 attendees wore green shirts reading, “McKinney say yes to west regional transportation bypass.”
The new alignment shows US 380 moving north to the west of Custer, passing through Custer and moving further north running along Bloomdale Road. The alignment then connects to one of the Texas Department of Transportation’s proposed alignments, which runs north of US 380’s current alignment.