8 stories to follow in 2018 in McKinney


Here are eight stories that helped shape 2017 and will continue to shape McKinney in the new year.

1. Developments taking McKinney to the next level

As Craig Ranch gets closer to build out with the construction of a resort-style hotel and corporate center, other developments are taking note of its success, including Honeycreek and Southgate.

2. More retail, restaurant centers coming to city

As of November, there were at least 24 shopping centers under construction, three recently opened centers and 23 proposed centers in McKinney.

3. County transportation to be focus in 2018

Transportation projects, including the Collin County Outer Loop and US 380, will be the center of discussion in 2018 as details are unveiled about each project.

4. Leadership changes will continue in 2018

After the general election in November 2018, Collin County will welcome a new county judge and new Precinct 3 commissioner. The county could potentially welcome two new commissioners as Precinct 2 and Precinct 4 seats are also up for re-election.

5. Economic Development Corp. plans for growth

The McKinney Economic Development Corp. updated its strategic plan in May and has since offered a tax abatement to Independent Bank and rebranded Southgate, formerly called Gateway.

6. Downtown to expand and parking to improve

When construction is complete, new developments with adjacent parking garages and lots will help expand downtown’s footprint and nearly 800 public parking spaces will be added.

7. Proposed annexations come to a halt

McKinney City Council voted to discontinue annexation discussions in November.

8. After delays, McKinney ISD stadium to open in 2018

Construction on the McKinney ISD stadium is expected to be complete by the end of January.

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Cassidy Ritter
Cassidy graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Journalism and a double minor in business and global studies. She has worked as a reporter and editor for publications in Kansas, Colorado and Australia. She was hired as senior reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition in August 2016. Less than a year later, she took the role of editor for the McKinney edition.
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