8 stories to follow in 2018 in McKinney

Southgate, a 55-acre, mixed-use development located near the intersection of US 75 and SH 121, is one of three major developments coming to the city.

Southgate, a 55-acre, mixed-use development located near the intersection of US 75 and SH 121, is one of three major developments coming to the city.

Here are eight stories that helped shape 2017 and will continue to shape McKinney in the new year.

1. Developments taking McKinney to the next level

As Craig Ranch gets closer to build out with the construction of a resort-style hotel and corporate center, other developments are taking note of its success, including Honeycreek and Southgate.

2. More retail, restaurant centers coming to city

As of November, there were at least 24 shopping centers under construction, three recently opened centers and 23 proposed centers in McKinney.

3. County transportation to be focus in 2018

Transportation projects, including the Collin County Outer Loop and US 380, will be the center of discussion in 2018 as details are unveiled about each project.

4. Leadership changes will continue in 2018

After the general election in November 2018, Collin County will welcome a new county judge and new Precinct 3 commissioner. The county could potentially welcome two new commissioners as Precinct 2 and Precinct 4 seats are also up for re-election.

5. Economic Development Corp. plans for growth

The McKinney Economic Development Corp. updated its strategic plan in May and has since offered a tax abatement to Independent Bank and rebranded Southgate, formerly called Gateway.

6. Downtown to expand and parking to improve

When construction is complete, new developments with adjacent parking garages and lots will help expand downtown’s footprint and nearly 800 public parking spaces will be added.

7. Proposed annexations come to a halt

McKinney City Council voted to discontinue annexation discussions in November.

8. After delays, McKinney ISD stadium to open in 2018

Construction on the McKinney ISD stadium is expected to be complete by the end of January.


The city of McKinney held a completion celebration for the Light Up Louisiana project Sept. 10. (Courtesy Azure Photography)
Phase 2 of construction on Louisiana Street in McKinney reaches completion, Ridge Road extension underway

Work included a new underground utility infrastructure, designated loading zones, wider pathways, refreshed landscaping and festoon lighting.

La Myrrah is now open at The Shops at Highland Village. (Valerie Wigglesworth/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Action Behavior Centers is now open in McKinney. (Courtesy Action Behavior Centers)
Autism support facility Action Behavior Centers now open in McKinney

The new facility dedicates about 8,400 square feet to autism support, and treatment options include early intensive behavioral intervention, at-home therapy, and part-time and after-school support.

Volunteers with signs.
13th annual NTX Giving Day partners with record 3,300-plus nonprofits

A fundraiser started by Communities Foundation of Texas connects donors with nonprofits in their area.

The West Grove mixed-use development will include about a 4-acre entertainment area called The Hub. (Rendering courtesy city of McKinney)
New mixed-use development to bring $14 million entertainment area, multifamily development to US 380 in McKinney

The West Grove project is a planned 500,000-square-foot retail, restaurant and entertainment destination located at the southeast corner of US 380 and Custer Road in McKinney.

New fixtures are being installed at the Cannaday Recreation Area near Clark Middle School. The 4-acre park is being redesigned as an athletic training hub. A budget of $500,000 will bring an obstacle course not unlike something from the “American Ninja Warrior” TV show to the neighborhood. (Courtesy city of Frisco)
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Braum's is set to open in McKinney this month. (Courtesy Braum's Ice Cream & Dairy)
New Braum’s at Custer Road and US 380 in McKinney sets opening date

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North Central Texas Council of Governments is proposing new uses for high-occupancy vehicle lanes on US 75 and is asking the public to provide feedback on the plan. (Community Impact staff)
McKinney residents can comment on plan that would pay some drivers to use HOV lanes on US 75

A pilot project in the corridor between I-635 and SH 121 just south of McKinney will evaluate the effectiveness of allowing solo drivers to use the HOV lane while also providing an incentive to cars with more than one occupant.

After almost five years of business, Taco Crush in McKinney has closed. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
After nearly 5 years in McKinney, Taco Crush closes its doors

The restaurant is listed as “Permanently closed” on Google, and a sign posted to the front of the restaurant described the closure notice as well.

All Serendipity Labs feature natural light with areas for teams to meet that meet health requirements. Pictured is Serendipity Labs Madison/Middleton, Wisconsin. The Serendipity Labs at McKinney–Craig Ranch will meet these same brand standards. (Courtesy Serendipity Labs)
Serendipity Labs coworking space sets McKinney opening date

Serendipity Labs will provide flexible workspaces that include private offices, coworking, team rooms and meeting and event space.