3 things to know in McKinney, July 17-20

City offices will be closed  Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1 for the holidays.

City offices will be closed Dec. 25-26 and Jan. 1 for the holidays.

From learning about spiders to renovations taking place at the City Council Chambers, here’s what you need to know this week in McKinney.

1. Learn about spiders at McKinney Senior Center

At this event, attendees will face their fear of spiders as Texas Parks and Wildlife teach guests about spiders. The Arachnophobia class will be taught Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. at the McKinney Senior Recreation Center, 1400 S. College St., McKinney. Tickets are $3 for members and $8 for nonmembers. For more information, visit the city of McKinney’s website here or call 972-547-7491.

2. City Council to consider rezoning for Merritt Homes

Council hears possible plan for Merritt Homes redevelopment Merritt Homes complex, located on North Tennessee Street north of downtown McKinney, was originally built in the 1960s.[/caption]

During Tuesday night's City Council Meeting, council will conduct a public hearing on a request to rezone the Merritt Homes complex, which sits at 1200 N. Tennessee St., McKinney, from general residence district to planned development district for multifamily residential uses.

If approved, the new complex will incorporate village greens, open space, a business center, a playground, barbecue grill and fitness center into the development, according to a letter of intent written to the city.

At the meeting, council will also consider hiring Pogue Construction Co. as construction manager for $15,000 to expand and renovate the John and Judy Gay Library, located at 6861 Eldorado Parkway, McKinney.

The meeting will be held at 222 N. Tennessee St., McKinney, beginning at 6 p.m. The meeting's agenda can be found on the city of McKinney's website.

3. City Council Chambers to update audio-visual equipment

On Wednesday, the city of McKinney Council Chambers will begin updating its audio-visual equipment to provide high-quality video streaming. Once complete, people will be able view city meetings online as they happen, through a computer, tablet, mobile phone or through their cable provider. The updates also include a new projection system and flat panel screens in the lobby to display presentation materials during council meetings.

Renovations will be funded through payments from the Public, Education and Government Channel Funding program, according to a news release from the city.

While renovations are in process, the following meetings will be held at alternate locations:

  • City Council, Planning & Zoning: Collin County Commissioner’s Court, Jack Hatchell Administration Building, 2300 Bloomdale Road, McKinney

  • McKinney Economic Development Corp., McKinney Community Development Corp. board meetings: John and Judy Gay Library, 6861 Eldorado Parkway, McKinney