The project was funded in part by the McKinney Community Development Corporation, which approved a $59,500 grant for the project in May 2019. The entire project cost an estimated $92,500.
Included in the project were renovations to the Johnson House, which functions as the bridal suite for weddings at the Heritage Village and will turn 150 years old this year, according to McKinney documents. The house was purchased by the Heritage Guild Square in the 1980s but had not been renovated since then, per a MCDC presentation. Now the house has been refurbished and repairs have been completed to the chimney. New wallpaper has been added to the bride’s dressing room and eventually the Heritage Guild will repaper, refurbish or paint the entry hall, dining room and the main historic room.
The project also replaced and repainted the siding at Dixie’s Store, or the 1918 Brimer Anderson Grocery; installed a new speaker and PA system; installed artificial turf in the wedding garden; and changed and refurbished the boardwalk, awnings and porches.
Gutters were added to both buildings to prevent future water damage.
Editor's note: A previous version of this story was incorrect. The Johnson House is original to Chestnut Square. Edits have also been made to indicate projects have been completed.