Residents weigh in on Colleyville community plaza plans

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At a March 14 public engagement meeting, Colleyville residents provided feedback on the new community plaza the city plans to develop.

The plaza will be located across the street in front of City Hall at 100 Main St. in the Village at Colleyville.

On Wednesday night in the breezeway between the library and City Hall, residents gathered to hear explanations of the different plaza designs and what can be incorporated into each one. Comment cards and a box was available for residents to drop their suggestions in.

Colleyville Strategic Services Manager Adrienne Lothery said the evening provided the opportunity to hear feedback about what city staff could have missed and what residents love about the designs.

On March 6 Freese and Nichols Inc. presented three primary options for the plaza to the Colleyville City Council. Lothery said council can choose to work with one option, or council members can take elements from each of the three concepts to create the ideal plaza for the community.

Those three concepts were whittled down to two, with one design becoming a blend of the more rectangular options presented.

Now the council wants to take the residents' word for it. Another opportunity to comment on the designs will be available Friday night during Colleyville's Movie in the Village event, after which final concepts will be presented April 3. Lothery said another public engagement session will probably be held after this to ensure each resident has had his or her say.

According to city documents, once the final design is approved, council will have the option to enter into a separate agreement with Freese and Nichols to develop construction documents, provide assistance with bidding the project for construction, and construction administration.

The plaza project’s design work and construction will be funded from the city’s Tax Increment Financing Fund. Creation of a plaza was included as a project category in the TIF’s Original Project Plan.
By Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the McKinney edition.


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