McKinney council OKs use of eminent domain if needed on public parking project

The city of McKinney is in negotiations to obtain land for a public parking lot on the east side of Hwy. 5. (Cassidy Ritter/Community Impact Newspaper)
The city of McKinney is in negotiations to obtain land for a public parking lot on the east side of Hwy. 5. (Cassidy Ritter/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of McKinney is in negotiations to obtain land for a public parking lot on the east side of Hwy. 5. (Cassidy Ritter/Community Impact Newspaper)

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McKinney City Council members approved a resolution Sept. 1 that determines it is a public necessity to acquire property for a public parking project by eminent domain.

The city is still in the process of negotiating with the owner of the property. Council agreed on Sept. 1 to grant staff the ability to begin eminent domain proceedings should that become necessary, Mayor George Fuller said.

The property the city is looking to obtain is located east of Hwy. 5 between East Louisiana Street and Anthony Street, according to meeting documents.

There is a public need for the city to acquire this area and develop it for a parking lot, according to meeting documents.

“As we have seen and talked about additional growth plans over in the area, we've realized that one of those aspects that we need to be successful development is additional parking,” city staff told the council during a work session earlier that day. “Let's put that parking in as we're doing other projects, not waiting until the projects or development projects are in and then trying to catch up to it. Let's be proactive.”


The property serves as a home to some trailers and mobile homes, and if the eminent domain does become needed, the city would assist with the relocation of these uses, Fuller said.

Council approved the resolution 6-1, with Council Member La’Shadion Shemwell voting against it.
By Miranda Jaimes
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the Frisco and McKinney editions.


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