Amazon and Honeycreek: 2017’s top 10 stories in McKinney

Honeycreek is a 2,500-acre development in the northwest sector of McKinney.

Honeycreek is a 2,500-acre development in the northwest sector of McKinney.

News of Amazon's search for its second North American headquarters and a variety of new developments were discussed in McKinney throughout 2017. Here are our 10 most-read stories from Jan. 1-Dec. 12.

1. Newly formed real estate company to build 2,100-acre, mixed-use development in McKinney
May 16
This development spans from Lake Forest Drive to US 75 near the future Laud Howell Parkway and Hardin Boulevard. The development will consist of commercial, retail and entertainment venues. Since publication, the development has been renamed Honeycreek and spans approximately 2,500 acres.

2. UPDATE: Costco officials correct timeline for McKinney location opening
Aug. 22
Wanda Jorgenson, administrative assistant in Costco’s real estate department, said Aug. 22 that Costco will not give an expected opening date until the development is “at construction.” She said it takes about 100 days to open a store once it begins construction.

3. Cadillac Pizza Pub owners opening The Yard-McKinney this spring
March 30
The Yard-McKinney, 107 S. Church St., is expected to open in the spring at the former home of Cafe Malage. After delays, the 2,500-square-foot restaurant now expects to open in spring 2018.

4. 'Meet Me in McKinney' campaign launches Tuesday to land Amazon's second headquarters
Oct. 17
The goal of the campaign, which launched Oct. 17, is to attract Amazon's second North American headquarters by allowing community members to share their stories about McKinney. Amazon is expected to make a selection in early 2018.

5. Full lane closures on US 75 near Bush Turnpike expected, Nov. 11-13
Oct. 31
Both north- and southbound lanes on US 75 were closed near the President George Bush Turnpike intersection Nov. 11-13 as part of a broader project that involved demolishing and rebuilding the Plano Parkway bridge. The full project on US 75 is expected to continue into 2019, a Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson told Community Impact Newspaper in October.

6. Mosquito pools test positive for West Nile virus in McKinney
July 26
A mosquito pool tested positive for West Nile virus near Fire Station No. 3, located at 4269 W. Eldorado Parkway. In 2017, two mosquito pools tested positive for the virus and one human case was confirmed.

7. 6 development projects taking place in McKinney
Oct. 2
Brookhaven Church, Playful Corp. and Victory at Stonebridge are some developments that began taking shape in McKinney this year.

8. Baker's Drive-In owner is McKinney restaurant's fourth since opening in the 1950s
Sept. 2
Born and raised in McKinney, Mark Montgomery bought Baker's Drive-In in January 2000. Montgomery said not much has changed from the original owner.

9. Update: McKinney expected to have 2 Cinemark Theatres by spring 2018
July 26
Cinemark Theatres is expected to open in the spring of 2018 at the southwest intersection of Hardin Boulevard and US 380. Cinemark Theaters also has a location at 1701 S. Central Expressway, McKinney, which will remain open.

10. Update: McKinney mayor: City 'taking steps' to pursue Amazon headquarters
Sept. 11
In September, Mayor George Fuller said he and city staff will "proactively pursue a deal with Amazon."

In early October, the Jorba family donated property in the Honeycreek development to the city as one of the city's top locations for a potential Amazon headquarters.


The West Grove mixed-use development will include about a 4-acre entertainment area called The Hub. (Rendering courtesy city of McKinney)
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New fixtures are being installed at the Cannaday Recreation Area near Clark Middle School. The 4-acre park is being redesigned as an athletic training hub. A budget of $500,000 will bring an obstacle course not unlike something from the “American Ninja Warrior” TV show to the neighborhood. (Courtesy city of Frisco)
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Braum's is set to open in McKinney this month. (Courtesy Braum's Ice Cream & Dairy)
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North Central Texas Council of Governments is proposing new uses for high-occupancy vehicle lanes on US 75 and is asking the public to provide feedback on the plan. (Community Impact staff)
McKinney residents can comment on plan that would pay some drivers to use HOV lanes on US 75

A pilot project in the corridor between I-635 and SH 121 just south of McKinney will evaluate the effectiveness of allowing solo drivers to use the HOV lane while also providing an incentive to cars with more than one occupant.

After almost five years of business, Taco Crush in McKinney has closed. (Community Impact Newspaper file photo)
After nearly 5 years in McKinney, Taco Crush closes its doors

The restaurant is listed as “Permanently closed” on Google, and a sign posted to the front of the restaurant described the closure notice as well.

All Serendipity Labs feature natural light with areas for teams to meet that meet health requirements. Pictured is Serendipity Labs Madison/Middleton, Wisconsin. The Serendipity Labs at McKinney–Craig Ranch will meet these same brand standards. (Courtesy Serendipity Labs)
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Jo Alch (right), founder and executive director of Pajamas for Seniors, and volunteer Allison Byrd-Haley collect pajama donations at Teresa's House in McKinney. (Brooklynn Cooper/Community Impact Newspaper)
McKinney nonprofit spreads 'love' and 'dignity' to senior citizens through pajamas

Pajamas for Seniors delivers pajamas to low-income seniors in nursing homes and hospitals.

Kyodai Handroll & Sushi Bar features fatty salmon sashimi. (Courtesy Kyodai Handroll & Sushi Bar)
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Renovations are taking place at the Collin College McKinney campus. (Rendering courtesy Collin College)
Renovations, construction underway at Collin College McKinney campus

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CASA of Collin County debuted its renovated facility on Davis Street in downtown McKinney on Sept. 14. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)
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