Category Archives: McKinney

McKinney City Council to consider updates to master thoroughfare plan

As part of a collection of minor changes to the city of McKinney’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan, a few changes are being proposed to the city’s master thoroughfare plan.

The master thoroughfare plan provides general locations for future streets and roads in McKinney. Thoroughfare alignments might shift as roads are engineered and designed to accommodate planning and developments as well as flood plains.

The updates were presented to McKinney Planning and Zoning commissioners Sept. 22, who approved the changes to the comprehensive plan and sent them with a favorable recommendation for McKinney City Council to consider Oct. 20.

The most significant change to the thoroughfare plan occurs in the New Hope area, where the North Texas Municipal Water District facility is going in, city staff said. This caused staff to make some alignment changes to work around that facility.

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TxDOT presents proposed improvements along Hwy. 5 in McKinney at meeting Nov. 27


Screen-Shot-2018-11-27-at-3.15.47-PM-1At a public meeting Nov. 27, Texas Department of Transportation officials presented proposed improvements along Hwy. 5 through McKinney at an open house-style meeting.

Proposed improvements include widening the existing two-lane road to a four-lane divided highway from FM 1378 to Spur 399 and from Powerhouse Street to SH 121. TxDOT also proposed widening Hwy. 5 from the existing four-lane roadway to a six-lane divided highway from Spur 399 to Industrial Boulevard.

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McKinney City Council approves interlocal agreement for Trinity Falls Parkway widening, expected to begin in November


Editor’s note: This story has been updated to mention the interlocal agreement approved by McKinney City Council Nov. 19.


Graphic: Community Impact Newspaper

During the Nov. 19 McKinney City Council special meeting an interlocal agreement was approved for the construction of Trinity Falls Parkway between Laud Howell Parkway and FM 543. This project will widen Trinity Falls Parkway from a two-lane road to a four-lane road.

According to the agreement, construction must begin within 45 days from Nov. 19; however, McKinney Development Services expects construction to begin in November.

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Amazon announces new headquarters; McKinney mayor says submittal process helped city



Photo courtesy of Amazon Inc. has chosen New York City and Arlington, Virginia, to accommodate its second headquarters—investing $5 billion and creating more than 50,000 jobs across both cities, according to a Nov. 13 news release from the company. Amazon also announced it will establish a business operations center in Nashville, Tennessee, which will result in more than 5,000 jobs.

The online retailer announced the search for its second headquarters in September 2017 and asked cities to team up to submit one proposal per metropolitan statistical area.

The Dallas Regional Chamber partnered with the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce in October 2017 to collect a list of sites to present to Amazon, according to a Dallas Regional Chamber news release.

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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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