Plans for McKinney’s east side take shape as outreach team presents to council

The Mill at East McKinney is one of the more recognizable buildings on McKinney's east side. (Courtesy The Mill at East McKinney)
The Mill at East McKinney is one of the more recognizable buildings on McKinney's east side. (Courtesy The Mill at East McKinney)

The Mill at East McKinney is one of the more recognizable buildings on McKinney's east side. (Courtesy The Mill at East McKinney)

A team focused on communicating development plans for McKinney's east side had its first council presentation Jan. 5 during a work session.

Assistant City Manager Kim Flom shared information about projects taking shape in east McKinney, including the city’s new municipal center, a master plan for Old Settler’s Park, Tupps Brewery relocation, and infrastructure and mobility studies.

“The city for the last couple of months has been working on what we're calling a unified communication and engagement strategy,” she said. “Knowing there's a lot going on, we want to make sure that we're telling our story. We want to make sure we're involving our residents and that we're offering sort of a portal, or a place where people can get information.”

A mobility and alignment study is at the forefront of these projects, Flom said, and public engagement efforts for that will begin in the first quarter of the year. Upcoming building projects on the east side include the McKinney Municipal Complex, the Old Settler’s Master Plan and the future implementation of that plan, Tupps Brewery and infrastructure projects, Flom said.

There are also two more initiatives that council had not talked about yet, Flom said. These include a neighborhood preservation study aimed at developing a strategy for protecting the existing neighborhoods and ensuring they are balanced with the upcoming growth as well as arts and culture initiatives. The city does expect to bring that information forward in the first quarter of the year, she said.


The vision for McKinney’s east side stems from plans and public input from the 2004 Comprehensive Plan, the 2006-07 Town Center Study and the One McKinney 2040 Comprehensive Plan, Flom said.

Flom emphasized that any redevelopment or new construction should be balanced with preserving existing neighborhoods in the area.

“As a city we believe that our existing neighborhoods are vital to a thriving future for the area,” she said.

The purpose of the East McKinney Project Outreach and Communications Team is to “develop a unified communication plan and public engagement process to inform and solicit feedback from the citizens of East McKinney regarding upcoming redevelopment projects and planning initiatives for the area east of State Highway 5,” city documents stated.

The team is charged with creating an internal public engagement guide, developing a dedicated website for all east McKinney projects, setting up a Notify Me, having targeted communications, setting up monthly EMPOCT meetings and giving quarterly updates to council, per Flom’s presentation.

The website will have regular updates and information about projects on the east side, Flom said. McKinney is also seeking open two-way communication to hear from residents and stakeholders and to adjust processes as needed based on feedback. One such survey is currently active on the website, seeking community input on the upcoming Municipal Community Complex to help the city's design team better understand the site and surrounding areas.

“There are a lot of exciting things happening, but a building is not going to go up tomorrow—we're actually at a great stage to do this,” Flom said. “A lot of these projects are at their beginning stages. We're at the perfect time to make sure we have that umbrella to communicate. All of these projects will take time, and the different engagement pieces will happen over probably the next several years.”

Editor's note: This article has been updated to include additional information.
By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.



MOST RECENT

Honest Frisco opened in November at 1640 FM 423, Ste. 200. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
Indian vegetarian restaurant Honest Frisco opens near India Bazaar; Lewisville ISD board names an interim superintendent and more top DFW news

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Consuelo Mendez Middle School has consistently received poor ratings from the Texas Education Agency. (Community Impact Newspaper)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: State could take over AISD school board if poorly-rated campus does not improve; new furniture store to open in McKinney and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Dec. 3.

road construction
New lanes now open on Sam Rayburn Tollway as expansion project wraps up

The $200 million Sam Rayburn Tollway expansion project, which added one additional lane in each direction, has been completed.

McKinney City Council will consider modifying an ordinance to allow residents to keep potbellied pigs as pets at its Dec. 7 meeting. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
McKinney City Council to modify an ordinance Dec. 7 so residents can keep pet potbellied pigs

Staff proposed the city of McKinney allows one miniature swine under 150 pounds per single-family residence. These pets would not be allowed in multifamily residences, however, and other restrictions could be applied.

The school board will consider whether to call a special election to fill the vacancy or make an appointment. (Zara Flores/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Hays CISD to hold special meeting on resignation of board member; Montgomery approves plan for downtown and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Dec. 2.

Ivan Smith Furniture will open next year in McKinney. (Courtesy Marc Gibson Photography)
New furniture store to open off University Drive in McKinney

The store will offer living room, bedroom, dining room and children’s furniture, as well as home decor and accessories.

Tomball City Council approved a development agreement with Lovett Industrial for 240 acres at Hwy. 249, Rocky Road Nov. 29. (Anna Lotz/Community Impact Newspaper)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: Tomball City Council approves development of 240 acres at Hwy. 249, Rocky Road; JLB Eatery coming soon to Katy and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Dec. 1.

After experiencing some delays, Two Senoritas in McKinney is looking to open in January. (Courtesy Juan Esquerre)
Two Senoritas off US 75 in McKinney looks to January for opening date

The restaurant is going through its inspections before it can get its certificate of occupancy from the city, the general manager said.

Miruku Creamery   Cafe opened in November in downtown McKinney. (Courtesy Miruku Creamery   Cafe)
New ice cream shop Miruku Creamery + Cafe opens in downtown McKinney

The family-owned business makes its soft-serve ice cream with organic milk in small batches and offers seasonal flavors.

Crust Pizza Co. is opening soon in Montgomery and Willis. (Courtesy Crust Pizza Co.)
CI TEXAS ROUNDUP: 5 businesses coming to McKinney; Crust Pizza Co. to open two locations in Montgomery, Willis and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas in Texas as of Nov. 30.

Domino's menu includes pizzas, sandwiches, pasta, desserts and more. (Courtesy Domino's)
New Domino’s Pizza now open on Eldorado Parkway in McKinney

The pizza eatery features a pizza theater store design, meaning it has an open concept that allows customers to view how their pizza is being made.