Saturday , 3 December 2016

City Council Notebook: Gateway Rezoning & PSA Facility Lease Agreement Approved

city councilIn addition to the show of support for McKinney Chief of Police Joe Williams, Tuesday’s meeting of the McKinney City Council featured several other interesting developments.

Gateway Rezoning Approved: The council members unanimously approved a rezoning request for nearly 67 acres at the Gateway Hotel site, located at the northeast corner of U.S. 75 and the Sam Rayburn Tollway, designed to “make the property a bit more marketable.”

The rezoning request was put forth by city staff to start the development process for the land around the Gateway hotel. Michael Quint, director of planning for the City of McKinney, told the council members that the existing land plan, developed in 2007, makes further development on the land surrounding the hotel site more difficult.

The council members were also shown four proposals on how the Gateway site could be developed once the rezoning was approved. Each proposal shows mixed-use development on the Gateway site with everything from an 18-screen movie theater to a lake. For more information about those proposals, click here.

Lease Agreement for McKinney PSA Facility Approved: The next step in the development process for Plano Sports Authority’s McKinney facility was taken during Tuesday’s city council meeting. The council members unanimously approved a 30-year lease agreement between the city and the PSA for 10 acres of land at Gabe Nesbitt Park.

PSA will use the land to build a 90,000-square-foot multi-sport facility. The lease agreement also calls for additional improvements to Gabe Nesbitt Park to accommodate the PSA facility, including increased parking, road improvements to improve access to the PSA facility, and additional irrigation and landscaping.

According the agenda item, the city’s maximum out of pocket expenses on this project “shall not exceed $1.81 million.” It also states “a preliminary estimate of the costs for the City’s portion of the project is $1.45 million.”

The item also states that PSA hopes to have the facility open by December 1. For more information about the facility, click here.

Three New Members Elected to McKinney Main Street Board: The council also elected three new members to the board of McKinney Main Street. The new members are Alex Lanio, who owns Goodies, Texas, located on the square, Kaci Lyford, who owns Patina Green, also located on the square, and Jolie Williams, a McKinney realtor who regularly attends city council meetings.

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