Here is a list of the 10 most popular Community Impact news stories from McKinney in 2023, based on website traffic.

1. Blue alignment selected for US 380 bypass project

In September, the Texas Department of Transportation published a final environmental impact statement and record of decision document, which identified the blue alignment as the selected route for the US 380 bypass project.

2. TxDOT moves toward decision on US 380 bypass amid split opinions

Residents along potential bypass routes and in affected municipalities expressed a mix of support and opposition for the proposed bypass route during a public hearing period.

3. Public hearings to be held for US 380 bypass alignment, study results in McKinney

TxDOT officials conducted a public hearing period for the US 380 bypass project’s environmental impact statement from January-April, with both virtual and in-person opportunities for the public to provide feedback.

4. AIrport expansion grounded by McKinney voters

A majority of McKinney voters cast their ballot against a $200 million proposition to fund an expansion at McKinney National Airport, according to unofficial election results from Collin County.

5. CVS Pharmacy to close north McKinney location on US 380

A CVS Pharmacy location at the southeast corner of US 380 and Ridge Road permanently closed in April.

6. Former McKinney restaurant Bill Smith’s Cafe to reopen in Van Alstyne

Former McKinney restaurant Bill Smith’s Cafe will reopen in downtown Van Alstyne, according to a representative of the Van Alstyne Community and Economic Development Corporation.

7. McKinney City Council considers adding a $200M bond item for McKinney National Airport

McKinney City Council voted to add a $200 million bond item that would fund a commercial passenger service terminal at McKinney National Airport to the May election ballot during a Feb. 7 meeting.

8. Whole Foods Market to open in McKinney’s West Grove development

The firm behind McKinney’s upcoming West Grove development announced in March 2022 that it has netted Whole Foods as the project’s anchor tenant.

9. Union Bear plans expansion to downtown McKinney

A 5,000-square-foot building at 308 W. Virginia St. is being renovated for the restaurant project.

10. McKinney invests $3.6M in road improvements adjacent to new H-E-B location

Road and intersection improvements along Eldorado Parkway and Custer Road were completed prior to the opening of H-E-B in west McKinney.