Missed any of our articles from this week? Take a look at what you might have missed from Community Impact’s coverage areas in Dallas-Fort Worth from Feb. 19-23.

City officials to pursue funding for McKinney National Airport planning, improvements

McKinney City Manager Paul Grimes is expected to request grant funding for planning, design and improvements on the east side of McKinney National Airport.

McKinney City Council members directed Grimes to request the funding from the McKinney Economic Development Corp. and the McKinney Community Development Corp. in a 6-1 vote Feb. 20, with council member Justin Beller voting against the item.

Following the failed $200 million bond election in May 2023 that would have contributed funding for the development of a commercial terminal at the airport, city leaders are considering how city-owned land on the east side of the airport will develop.

FIRST LOOK: Andretti Indoor Karting & Games to open in Fort Worth this spring

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games is on track to open in Fort Worth this spring.

The entertainment center currently operates in Georgia, Florida and Texas with four more opening this year in Texas and Arizona, including the one in Fort Worth.

Samantha​​ LaMagna, director of marketing, said the Fort Worth location is expected to open around mid-May or early June.

Downtown Frisco improvements on track for 2026 finish

Progress is being made on the roughly $70 million downtown Frisco redevelopment project with Main Street construction expected to start in April, officials said.

Mayor Jeff Cheney, City Manager Wes Pierson and interim Engineering Services Director Jason Brodigan gave a status update on Rail District construction during a Feb. 19 town hall meeting.

“We're making major improvements in our Rail District,” Cheney said. “Council has been very committed to making sure that our downtown is a unique destination.”

Initial lineup for Richardson's 2024 Wildflower Arts & Music Festival announced

Richardson officials have unveiled the musical lineup for the city’s upcoming Wildflower Arts & Music Festival.

Headlining acts for the annual three-day festival include Nile Rodgers & Chic, the Randy Rodgers Band, Awolnation, Grouplove, KC & The Sunshine Band, Saint Motel, The Struts, and Sister Sledge. More acts will be announced in the coming weeks, according to a city news release.

This year’s festival is scheduled for May 17-19 at Galatyn Park Urban Center, which is located just north of Galatyn Parkway on the east side of US 75. In addition to concerts from local, regional and national acts, the festival features street performers, a battle of the bands, a songwriting competition, a marketplace filled with local and regional goods, kids activities, and more.

Plano council approves retail rehabilitation program creation

Plano city staff will be able to utilize a new economic development tool after approving the policy statement for a new program, which can help finance improvements to existing retail developments.

Plano City Council approved the policy statement for a retail revitalization program during its Feb. 12 meeting.

Director of Special Projects Peter Braster presented an overview of the program in October before returning in January with a draft policy statement. He said a retail revitalization program has been something city staff have been working on for several years.