Category Archives: McKinney

Denton County Transportation Authority proposes 121 commuter bus service to link Lewisville and McKinney



DCTA proposed a 121 commuter service, called Route 70, which will connect Old Town, Lewisville and downtown McKinney. Courtesy DCTA

Denton County Transportation Authority is working with area cities in Denton and Collin counties on a potential bus transportation service that would run from downtown McKinney to Lewisville’s Old Town with several stops in between.

The DCTA on Sept. 12 presented a proposal to the McKinney Urban Transit District for the commuter service along the SH 121 corridor called Route 70.

According to the proposal, the service would allow for job access by bringing workers into McKinney, as well as giving McKinney residents access to employment opportunities in Denton County.

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McKinney National Airport relying less on city tax dollars as revenue soars



(Cassidy Ritter/Community Impact Newspaper)

As usage continues to grow, McKinney National Airport is relying less and less on city funds, despite major financial investments at the airport, including land purchase and the construction of a new terminal.

After voters in 2015 turned down a $50 million bond proposition to fund the airport, city officials have found others ways to continue airport expansion, including using property tax and sales tax dollars, and generating revenue from fuel sales in addition to hangar and office leases. The city is now also venturing into a public-private partnership.

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Report: McKinney ISD stadium cracking does not pose ‘life safety’ concern



(Rendering courtesy MISD)

McKinney ISD’s stadium and community event center is faced with “excessive, unsightly” concrete cracking at the visitor’s concourse, according to the second of three reports by Nelson Forensics, an investigative and forensic engineering organization.

Cracks at the approximately $70 million stadium are located in the home concourse, visitor concourse and home and visitor concourse lower bowl wall. These areas were brought to the attention of Manhattan Construction and Stantec in January.

Nelson’s latest report, which was completed June 13 and released to Community Impact Newspaper July 30, focuses on the visitor’s concourse at the stadium. The district hired Nelson in April to review areas of concern.

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Costco officials confirm July 25 open date in McKinney


Costco will open July 25 at 3650 W. University Drive, McKinney, according to a statement released by the company.

“We are thrilled to be bringing Costco’s low warehouse prices to the residents of McKinney,” Warehouse Manager Matt Walker said in the statement. “They have been asking us to open here for a long time, and we already have made an impact on the local job market. We look forward to contributing to the community in many ways.”

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McKinney residents speak out about new proposed alignment for US 380



(Cassidy Ritter/Community Impact Newspaper)

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.

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Collin and Denton counties, McKinney Fire Department issue outdoor burn ban



McKinney Fire Dept.

Dry conditions and a lack of substantial rainfall has led officials from the Denton County and Collin County areas to call for burn bans.

Denton County Commissioners Court enacted a burn ban on July 3 with no set expiration date, and Collin County Commissioners Court called for a 90-day burn ban at their July 9 meeting. The county bans mean that outdoor burning, including recreational fires and wood-burning fire pits or campfires, are not allowed in unincorporated areas of the county.

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McKinney Planning and Zoning approves facade appeal for Franconia Brewing Co.’s tap room and beer garden


A facade appeal was approved for Franconia Brewing Co.’s new tap room and beer garden during a McKinney Planning and Zoning meeting July 10.


City of McKinney

The 1,760-square-foot tap room and beer garden, which will be located at 495 McKinney Parkway, will be a two-story building made from eight shipping containers. There will also be an outdoor seating area and room for food trucks, according to a letter of intent.

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City of McKinney announces Empress Drane as new city secretary



Empress Drane

On June 29 the city of McKinney announced Empress Drane will begin as the new city secretary on July 2. Drane will replace Sandy Hart, who is retiring at the end of July after serving the city for 13 years, according to a news release.

With a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship and strategic management from the University of North Texas, Drane began working for the McKinney Parks and Recreation Department in 2005 as a recreation specialist. After two years she was promoted to recreation supervisor and currently oversees the daily operations of the Old Settlers Recreation Center, according to the release.

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McKinney increases homestead exemption by $5,000 for residents ages 65 and older, disabled individuals



(Cassidy Ritter/Community Impact Newspaper)

McKinney City Council approved to increase the residential homestead exemption during Tuesday’s meeting from $60,000 to $65,000 for residents ages 65 and older and an individual who is disabled.

Last year, City Council increased the homestead exemption from $50,000 to $60,000.

According to a presentation given at council, for every $5,000 increase in the homestead exemption, eligible homeowners will pay $27 less in taxes at current tax rate and non-eligible homeowners will pay $3.46 more in taxes given the current tax rate. The city’s 2017-18 tax rate is $0.541 per $100 valuation.

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