Neon signs going up in downtown McKinney

One sign stating "Historic Downtown McKinney Cultural District" is on a pole near Mitchell Park. (Emily Davis/Community Impact Newspaper)
One sign stating "Historic Downtown McKinney Cultural District" is on a pole near Mitchell Park. (Emily Davis/Community Impact Newspaper)

One sign stating "Historic Downtown McKinney Cultural District" is on a pole near Mitchell Park. (Emily Davis/Community Impact Newspaper)

Image description
A sign will be attached to the side of the new Chestnut Commons Parking Garage, located at 202 S. Chestnut St. (Emily Davis/Community Impact Newspaper)
Downtown McKinney visitors will notice new neon signs lighting up historic downtown McKinney in time for Thanksgiving.

One sign stating "Historic Downtown McKinney Cultural District" has been placed on a pole near Mitchell Park. This sign will be visible to traffic coming into downtown.

Another sign is attached to the side of the new Chestnut Commons Parking Garage, located at 202 S. Chestnut St. This sign faces Chestnut and will direct traffic into the garage for parking.

A third sign will be placed on the rooftop on the east side of the garage, facing SH 5. This sign is expected to be debuted in early 2020.

These signs are being installed to promote downtown, which received a Cultural District Designation from the Texas Commission on the Arts last year, said Amy Rosenthal, McKinney Main Street program director, at a Sept. 3 City Council meeting.


"The design of the signs take inspiration from neon signs once hanging in downtown McKinney," Rosenthal said in an email. "Neon signs are our connection to the past. They are special works of art and craftsmanship. They evoke memories and are a tribute to locally-owned businesses."

The illuminated signs will show that downtown is open for business at night, she said.

The cultural district designation made the signs possible. As a designated cultural district, McKinney is eligible for funding from the commission to enhance and promote downtown through signage. The city used funding from the commission and the McKinney Community Development Corp.

"We wanted to honor our past; we wanted to [create a] sense of place; we wanted a photo op; and we wanted to show that we are open at night," Rosenthal said during the September meeting.
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 2018.


MOST RECENT

A mother and daughter visit at Seasons Assisted Living & Memory Care in Conroe earlier in the pandemic. (Courtesy Seasons Assisted Living & Memory Care)
Texas allows limited visitations to nursing homes, long-term care facilities

Facilities that meet the requirements will allow limited visitations, but you still will not be able to hug or kiss your loved one.

SweetStop bakery holds grand opening in Richardson and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

A mural depicting Texas nature and wildlife is now on the wall of Fair & Square Imports in downtown McKinney. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
New 100-foot mural unveiled on downtown McKinney business Fair & Square Imports

The artwork is the result of Fair & Square owners Andrew and Kate Jones teaming up with local artist Andrea Holmes.

McKinney City Council has selected individuals for the Throckmorton statue advisory board. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
Members selected for McKinney’s Throckmorton statue advisory board

Based on discussions during the council’s work sessions in July, the advisory board would review and assemble information pertinent to the statue, such as its history and the context for it, and incorporate public input.

The Confederate Soldiers Monument stands on the south grounds of the Texas Capitol. A group of Democratic lawmakers have called for its removal, along with other statues and portraits honoring the Confederacy. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
State legislators seek removal of Confederate monuments at Texas Capitol

The decision may ultimately lie with Gov. Greg Abbott and the rest of the State Preservation Board, which last year authorized the removal of a plaque in the Capitol that said slavery was not an underlying cause of the Confederate rebellion.

Red Zeppelin Records opened in late July in downtown McKinney. (Courtesy Red Zeppelin Records)
Red Zeppelin Records now open in downtown McKinney

The business is female owned and operated and offers vinyl records of all genres.

McKinney City Council set dates for public hearings on its budget and tax rate. (Courtesy Fotolia)
DATA: McKinney City Council sets public meeting dates, maximum tax rate

“The recommended tax rate will be less than this ceiling,” McKinney’s Chief Financial Officer Mark Holloway said.

Sonic Drive-In will open a location on Lake Forest Drive in McKinney. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Sonic Drive-In opens in McKinney, Koto Hibachi and Sushi now serving diners in Frisco: News from DFW

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

In the last year, Whataburger launched a new, modern restaurant design and began offering curbside and delivery services for the first time amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the release. (Courtesy Elizabeth James for Whataburger)
Whataburger to celebrate 70th anniversary, unveil food truck, expand into 3 states

Nine more new Whataburger locations are planned by year's end, and 35 new restaurants are proposed for 2021.

Sonic Drive-In will open a location on Lake Forest Drive in McKinney. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Sonic Drive-In opens new location in McKinney

The fast-food drive-in restaurant opened in late July and marked the sixth Sonic in McKinney.