5 stories to follow in 2019 in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake

A TEXRail train at the DFW Airport North station is ready to carry passengers.

A TEXRail train at the DFW Airport North station is ready to carry passengers.

Here are five stories that helped shape 2018 and will continue to shape Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake in the new year.

1. TEXRail trains signal redevelopment of Dallas Road in Grapevine

Grapevine plans to use Trinity Metro's TEXRail commuter rail line as tools for economic development. The area near the station will be developed with a hotel and food hall and the street near the development will be enhanced to be more walkable. Read more here.

2. Lawmakers representing Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake, will consider school finance and taxes

State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, met with Carroll ISD officials to discuss priorities ahead of the 86th legislative session, which began Jan. 8. He said school finance reform—which is closely tied to property tax reform—will remain at the forefront of legislative discussions. Read more here.

3. Construction on SH 26 in Colleyville to include landscape, lighting

Colleyville is coordinating its efforts with TxDOT to take over landscaping for the project and is hopeful for a seamless transition from road construction to landscape enhancements. Read more here.

4. Grapevine tourism grows with new city attractions

Grapevine City Council approved attraction overlays Dec. 18 for the Stand Rock Resort and water park to allow some flexibility with zoning restrictions. Read more here.

5. Grapevine’s short-term rental ban moves to trial

Judge Mike Wallach granted the property owners’ request Nov. 7, preventing the city from enforcing its ban on short-term rentals for these plaintiffs. A trial to determine whether the city was within its rights is set for April 15, according to court documents. Read more here.

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. Now she's in Tarrant County, mostly, and has been an Impacter since 2017 as the editor of the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition.


Casey Ford and Doug Noell will face off May 2 in the GCISD board of trustees race for Place 6. (Courtesy Casey Ford/Courtesy Doug Noell)
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD Election Q&A: Two candidates campaign for Place 6

Two candidates are running for the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD board of trustees Place 6 seat in the May 2 general election.

Vari is preparing to open a multitenant enterprise building in Southlake this summer. (Rendering courtesy Vari)
Workspace venture VariSpace rebrands, changes name to Vari

Workspace innovation company VariSpace marked a companywide rebranding Feb. 24 and changed its name to Vari.

Vitality Bowls is now open in Southlake. (Courtesy Vitality Bowls)
Vitality Bowls brings superfoods to Southlake

Vitality Bowls opened Feb. 26 in Southlake.

Patients need blood every two seconds somewhere in the U.S., Hale said, and Type O is the most in-demand, according to the American Red Cross. (Courtesy Sanford Myers and American Red Cross)
American Red Cross sees urgent need for blood donations

The American Red Cross urgently needs blood donors of all types, according to Jan Hale with the organization's biomedical services department.

Collective MVMT will open later this spring in Southlake. (Courtesy MVMT)
Workout studio with cycling, Megaformer classes to open in Southlake

Collective MVMT will open later this spring in Southlake.

NYC Bagel and Sandwich Shop in Colleyville will mark a year of business Feb. 26. (Courtesy Fotolia)
NYC Bagel and Sandwich Shop in Colleyville marks first anniversary

NYC Bagel and Sandwich Shop in Colleyville will mark a year of business Feb. 26.

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD set aside funding to have Glenhope Elementary renovated. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
GCISD identifies funding to improve Glenhope Elementary addition

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is calling on surplus 2011 bond funds to renovate the exterior addition of Glenhope Elementary School.

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD will give its hourly employees a 5% pay raise. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD approves 5% pay increase for district hourly employees

District hourly employees will soon have a 5% pay increase after trustees adopted a higher minimum wage for district support staff at the Feb. 24 Grapevine-Colleyville ISD board meeting.

Texas State Optical is now open to provide eye care to Colleyville. (Courtesy Texas State Optical)
Texas State Optical now open in Colleyville

Texas State Optical opened a new location in Colleyville on Jan. 26.

Reebok Outlet will be located near Entry 2 at the Grapevine Mills mall. (Courtesy Grapevine Mills)
Reebok Outlet coming soon to Grapevine Mills mall

Reebox Outlet is set to open in the Grapevine Mills mall this summer.

Fragranza has closed its store in Southlake. (Courtesy Fragranza)
Fragrance store closes shop in Southlake Town Square

Fragranza closed in January at 1251 Main St., Southlake.

This rendering shows a view of the downtown residences' central courtyard. (Rendering courtesy city of Southlake)
Council denies request for apartments in Southlake Town Square

A proposal to build hundreds of new apartment units on 7.28 acres in Southlake Town Square was rejected Feb. 18 after numerous concerned residents spoke against the development.

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