Monday , 21 May 2018

Community Development Considering Requests by Baylor, Habitat for Humanity

By Brian Bearden, TSB Contributor

The McKinney Community Development Corporation will be considering requests from Baylor McKinney and North Collin County Habitat for Humanity this week.

The Baylor Health Care System Foundation has requested $272,432 from MCDC for a walking – jogging trail in the overlook park adjacent to Baylor McKinney hospital.

The North Collin County Habitat for Humanity has requested $98,285 for ReStore insulation ($45,685) and fans ($22,600) and materials ($30,000) to rehab 15 houses.

Habitat executive director Celeste Cox reported to MCDC that customers have told the ReStore that they can’t shop there in the heat of the summer because of the lack of air conditioning. Several customers told ReStore director Tony Sowell that they would wait until cooler weather to return to the store, costing the organization sales.

The North Texas Food Bank, which installed the fans in its warehouse, reported a significant change in temperature.

The Restore had recorded temperatures of 110 degrees inside the store, and a recorded 144 degrees in the area directly above the office area on the second story.

The heat cost the ReStore dollars. Sales dropped by $25,000 from June to July as temperatures increased inside the store.

The 15 Rehab homes are part of McKinney’s “Together We Serve.”

About 13 percent of the homes in McKinney were built before 1979. The majority of those are east of downtown. Cox said in her application that six percent (7,798) of the city’s population have one or more disabilities. Senior citizens (7,527) make up 5.8 percent of the population.

Five communities have been targeted, with LaLoma going first. Other neighborhoods in the Pride Communities of McKinney include Lewisville, Mouzon, Rockwall and Wilcox.

MCDC will discuss the items on Thursday, Sept. 27 in the Dowdy Board Room at 5900 South Lake Forest Drive in Suite 110. 




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