New container-home community to offer affordable housing in McKinney

Potential residents can apply to live at the Cotton Groves on the Habitat for Humanity of Collin County website.   (Courtesy Cotton Groves)
Potential residents can apply to live at the Cotton Groves on the Habitat for Humanity of Collin County website. (Courtesy Cotton Groves)

Potential residents can apply to live at the Cotton Groves on the Habitat for Humanity of Collin County website. (Courtesy Cotton Groves)

A shipping-container community called the Cotton Groves, located at the southeast corner of Bumpas and Fitzhugh streets in McKinney, is eyeing a 2020 debut.

Once complete, the 2.75-acre neighborhood will offer 35 units for qualifying low- to moderate-income families to purchase. Residents’ monthly payments will cost no more than 30% of their household’s gross monthly income.

The Cotton Groves project is backed by Habitat for Humanity of Collin County and aims to offer a way for low-income residents to become homeowners and build equity, said CEO Celeste Cox.

The project received a $877,521 grant from the McKinney Community Development Corp. for necessary infrastructure, such as construction of streets, sewers and other utilities. After these improvements are made, volunteers will start constructing the community’s first set of townhouses in February or March.

Cox said the community will finish out as the project gets closer to reaching its $6 million fundraising goal.


The neighborhood will feature a 2,600-square-foot amenity center, which will offer social, health and fitness opportunities as well as a community park.
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By Emily Davis

Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August. Three fun facts about Emily: 1.) She is a lover of mystery novels, movies, TV shows and podcasts. 2.) She has an 11-year-old, 3-pound Pomeranian. 3.) She loves lacrosse, and was captain and then coach of her high school team.


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