McKinney Planning and Zoning Commission approves site plans for John and Judy Gay Library expansion


At tonight’s McKinney Planning and Zoning meeting commissioners approved a site plan for the expansion of the John and Judy Gay Library.

According to the site plan, the expansion will take place on 160.31 acres in the McKinney community park addition, located at 6861 Eldorado Parkway.

Approval of this site plan comes after a bond that was approved in 2015 for the expansion and renovation of the library.

“Libraries today are changing, they are not the way they used to be,” Architect Tony Blaas said during the meeting. “If you go into John and Judy Gay [Library], it’s the busiest library we have here.”

Director of Libraries for the city of McKinney Spencer Smith said once complete, the library will be 19,265 square feet and have an additional 148 parking spaces.

The expansion of the library will create an outdoor program space for toddlers and children, as well as additional sections for adults and two multipurpose rooms.

“From the time of groundbreaking we do anticipate a 12-month to 13-month construction process,” Smith said.

McKinney City Council will consider the approval of this site plan during a meeting Sept. 4.

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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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