Plano Market Square Mall redevelopment and four more top DFW updates

A redevelopment project for the former Plano Market Square Mall received unanimous approval Nov. 16 from the Plano Planning and Zoning Commission. (Community Impact staff)
A redevelopment project for the former Plano Market Square Mall received unanimous approval Nov. 16 from the Plano Planning and Zoning Commission. (Community Impact staff)

A redevelopment project for the former Plano Market Square Mall received unanimous approval Nov. 16 from the Plano Planning and Zoning Commission. (Community Impact staff)

Here are the five top stories from Community Impact Newspaper’s past week of Dallas-Fort Worth-area coverage.

Plano

'Embrace the concept of a village': Plano Market Square Mall takes first steps toward redevelopment

A redevelopment project for the former Plano Market Square Mall received unanimous approval Nov. 16 from the Plano Planning and Zoning Commission.

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Collin County economic report supports Plano's plan of action in fight against COVID-19

Public policy nonprofit Every Texan released a 44-page report on economic data for Collin County, which various Plano and Collin County entities can now use as a baseline for analysis of effects of the pandemic.

Keller-Roanoke-Northeast Fort Worth

New $175 million athletics, performing arts stadium proposed for Keller ISD

Board members and officials from Keller ISD were briefed Nov. 16 about possible plans for a new athletics and performing arts stadium in the district.

​​​​​​​Collin County

Number of COVID-19 patients in Collin County hospitals sees sharp rise over recent weeks

Since the end of October, Collin County has seen a spike in COVID-19-related hospitalizations: As of Nov. 13, COVID-19 patients occupied 267 hospital beds across the county.

Francesca D’Annunzio, Ian Pribanic, Liesbeth Powers and Olivia Lueckemeyer contributed to this report.



MOST RECENT

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Collin County Judge Chris Hill rescinds COVID-19 disaster declaration

Collin County’s declaration of local disaster in response to COVID-19 was rescinded Feb. 26 by Judge Chris Hill.

Two hundred rail pieces were delivered east of Shiloh Road in Plano in late 2020, according to a Dec. 18 DART release. (Courtesy Dallas Area Rapid Transit)
DART to save millions on Silver Line project following approval of refinanced loan from U.S. Department of Transportation

The $908 million loan was approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Build America Bureau in 2018, according to a Feb. 25 news release.

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

Texas Health Resources nurse Karen Schmidt administers a Pfizer vaccination Plano resident Connie Cordova's arm Feb. 5. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Vaccine rollout unfolds in Plano through city, county coordination

The city of Plano is actively working to help residents who want COVID-19 vaccines receive them as soon as possible, officials said.

In the northeast quadrant of DART's coverage area—which includes Plano, Richardson, northeast Dallas, Rowlett and Garland—current plans show new and expanded GoLink zones, with current bus routes being replaced by shuttle service. (Courtesy DART)
Draft for DART network redesign shows increase in shuttle service, access in areas of Plano, Richardson

In the northeast quadrant of DART's coverage area—which includes Plano, Richardson, northeast Dallas, Rowlett and Garland—current plans show new and expanded GoLink zones, with current bus routes being replaced by shuttle service.

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BoomerJack's Grill & Bar offers dog-friendly patio at new Plano location

The business offers American food and beverages, wall-to-wall televisions for watching sports, and backyard-style patios.

Owners Azaad and Rehan Bacchus opened Taste of the Islands in Plano in 2004. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Guyana natives bring Caribbean flavors to Taste of the Islands in Plano

The restaurant's No. 1 item for years was jerk chicken because of its spicy kick; however, it has since been overshadowed by the stewed oxtail, which is often served with rice and vegetables.

The North Texas Municipal Water District has lifted its request for its member cities to reduce water use. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Collin County water supplier lifts water conservation request

With water demands returning to normal levels, the North Texas Municipal Water District has lifted its request to reduce nonessential water use within its service area, which includes the cities of Frisco, McKinney, Plano and Richardson.

A group of children in early Plano gather outside of a school building in 1907. A segregated school was built in 1896, although classrooms would often travel around the community, according to library records. •(Courtesy Plano Public Library)
Douglass Community a focus of new online museum highlighting Black history in Plano

An online look into the history of Black Plano residents launched in late February with exhibits on founding families and other influencers who improved the lives of those in North Texas and beyond.

The coffee and wine bar offers signature drinks, such as the Honey Bear Latte, made with honey and cinnamon, as well as food options, such as breakfast tacos, charcuterie boards, baked goods and snack boxes. (Courtesy Golden Boy Coffee Co.)
Golden Boy Coffee Co. opens in Plano; Black Rock Coffee Bar coming to Southlake and more DFW-area news

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The coffee and wine bar offers signature drinks, such as the Honey Bear Latte, made with honey and cinnamon, as well as food options, such as breakfast tacos, charcuterie boards, baked goods and snack boxes. (Courtesy Golden Boy Coffee Co.)
Texas-based Golden Boy Coffee Co.'s coffee and wine bar now open in Plano

Golden Boy Coffee & Wine Bar opened Feb. 8 at The Boardwalk at Granite Park in Plano.

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic. (Courtesy Qygen, Wikimedia Commons)
Fry's Electronics calls it quits after nearly 36 years in business

As many as 31 stores across nine states will be shuttered as Fry's Electronics shuts down due to market changes and the pandemic.