McKinney City Council talks potential projects for proposed $350 million city bond

A 100,000-square-foot expansion to the McKinney Public Safety building is among potential projects to be funded by the proposed city bond.

A 100,000-square-foot expansion to the McKinney Public Safety building is among potential projects to be funded by the proposed city bond.

A McKinney bond committee recommends the city approve $350 million worth of bond projects to be on the election ballot in May at the Jan. 15 council meeting.

This request comes from the city’s executive bond committee, made up of McKinney’s five bond committees, which have compiled a list of potential projects to be funded by the proposed bond.

Council is in support of the recommendation and plans to approve it Feb. 5 at the next council meeting, City Council Member Scott Elliott said.

The proposed $350 million in bonds would be divided into five areas, including:

McKinney parks and recreation ($91 million)
• McKinney Senior Recreation Center improvements
• Apex Center expansion
• athletic field improvements
• Community Park improvements
• future land acquisitions.

Transportation ($100 million)
• arterial roadway expansion
• roadway construction and reconstruction
• traffic signal improvements

Public safety ($75 million)
• 100,000-square-foot expansion to McKinney Public Safety facility
• new vehicle parking structure
• land acquisition for future fire stations
• security upgrades
• accessibility improvements
• lighting improvement projects
• Town Center infrastructure improvements

New Municipal Community Complex ($50 million)
• new facility to house multiple city departments

New public works facility ($34 million)
• new fleet maintenance facility
• new fuel station
• new vehicle wash station
• new public works warehouse
• new traffic engineering facilities
• new park maintenance facilities
• site work and paving

Council must decide on a bond election no later than Feb. 15 for the proposal to be placed on the May 4 ballot.
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.