McKinney P&Z Commissioners deny request to rezone Dowell House property

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A request to rezone a 62,977-square-foot piece of land where the existing Dowell House is located was denied by McKinney Planning and Zoning commissioners during a meeting Nov. 13. The house is located at 1104 S. Tennessee St., McKinney.

According to the applicant’s presentation, if approved, the existing lot will be separated into nine lots, allowing the applicant to build eight additional 6,000-square-foot single-family homes surrounding the Dowell House.

City staff recommended that commissioners deny the request because the site plan would conflict with the character of the neighborhood.

Several residents attended the meeting expressing opposition to the request, asking commissioners to deny the request to rezone until there are provisions in place that protect the home from being demolished.

The applicant said the goal would be to maintain and preserve the existing home as a marketing tool to attract potential buyers to the new homes.

However, the Dowell House is not a certified historical site, and therefore there is nothing protecting the house from being demolished at a later date if the applicant chose to do so, said Guy Giersch, historic preservation officer for the city of McKinney.

The request to rezone will be sent to McKinney City Council Dec. 4 with a negative recommendation from commissioners and city staff.

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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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