Saturday , 3 December 2016
New Sign at Gateway Hotel Site
New Sign at Gateway Hotel Site

Council Set to View Gateway Site Proposals, Vote on Rezoning

The area commonly known as the Gateway project could take another step towards development on Tuesday. During Tuesday’s scheduled McKinney City Council meeting, members are set to review a rezoning request to allow for mixed-use development at the Gateway site during Tuesday’s meeting. The area known as the Gateway site is located at the northeast corner of U.S. 75 and the Sam Rayburn Tollway.

The area has long been home to the Gateway hotel project, but the council is set to vote on rezoning for approximately 67 acres surrounding the hotel site. Last week, two developers, Lincoln Properties and Wallace and Bajjali Dev. Partner, LP, presented plans for the land around the hotel site. Each company proposed a large mixed-use development at the Gateway site, incorporating retail, office, residential, and other uses.

According to the Tuesday’s council agenda packet, “the intent of this rezoning request is to establish regulations that help to ensure the property’s marketability by removing the land plans that are currently attached to the governing PD District Ordinances and by modifying the development regulations to allow for the highest and best uses on the property while ensuring that the City Council retains some level of discretionary control over the development of the subject property.”

Tuesday’s council meeting information packet shows four proposed design concepts for the land around the Gateway hotel.  Each concept has office space, restaurant space, and a shared parking structure, but the four proposals vary on the plans for the remaining land.

Proposal 1 shows a 130,000-square-foot expansion of Collin College, plus nearly 220,000 square feet of office space. It also has sites for six full service restaurants, a 200-seat amphitheater with lawn seating and 300,000 square feet of space for research and development. It also includes a “central landscaped spine with walking/jogging trails, pedestrian benches, decorative lighting and an amphitheater venue for outdoor music.”

Proposal 2 shows 390 units of townhouse-style residential space, 168,000-square-feet of office space, 62,000-square-feet of retail space, seven full service restaurant sites, and 126,000-square feet of medical office space.  At the center of the development would be Gateway Boulevard, featuring “walking/jogging trails, pedestrian benches, water fountains and decorative lighting along it for hotel patrons, residents and employees of the district.”

Proposal 3 has the most retail space of any of the four proposals. It also features an 18-screen, 73,000-square-foot movie theater. The retail space in Proposal 3 would “Main Street”-style and is 188,500 square feet. This proposal also has two other hotels at the Gateway site, one with 150 rooms and another with 120 rooms. The development would also feature, “a circular pedestrian ring with lush landscape, walking paths, and outdoor restaurant dining overlooking Gateway Lake.”

Proposal 4 would also feature “Main Street”-style retail, totaling 109,400 square feet. This proposal would also have another 150-room hotel, 224 units of townhouse residential, and 285,000-square-feet of mixed-use buildings, with office and residential space built above ground floor retail. The proposal states that, “In this setting, families, students and visitors enjoy a relaxed outdoor environment filled with food and fun.”

While the council will not actually be approving any of these specific design proposals on Tuesday, the plans do reveal a look at what could be coming to McKinney’s Gateway site in the next few years.

More details on each development proposal are available below.

From the presentation for council –

Gateway Concept 1

Concept 1: A new destination center in McKinney, Texas anchored by the new Hotel/Conference center provides an environment for music and future job growth. Public amenities in the Gateway District include a central landscaped spine with walking/jogging trails, pedestrian benches, decorative lighting and an amphitheater venue for outdoor music. The landscaped spine links together hotel, convention, entertainment, and employment functions with an expanded Collin College campus for higher education.

  • Office – 218,400 square feet
  • Conference Hotel – 145,000 square feet (186 rooms)
  • Conference Center – 65,000 square feet
  • Parking Structure – 3 levels
  • Collin College – Expansion – 130,000 square feet
  • Emerson Campus – 128,300 square feet
  • Research and Development – 300,000 square feet
  • Restaurants Pads – Six full service – 36,000 square feet
  • 200-seat amphitheater with lawn seating
  • Medical office – 15,000 square feet

Gateway Concept 2Concept 2: This future destination in McKinney, Texas is organized by a wide landscaped boulevard terminating at the new Hotel/Conference center. The boulevard links together hotel, entertainment functions with employment and housing. Gateway Boulevard will have walking/jogging trails, pedestrian benches, water fountains and decorative lighting along it for hotel patrons, residents and employees of the district.

  • Office (Five stories) – 168,000 square feet
  • Conference Hotel – 145,000 square feet (186 rooms)
  • Conference Center – 65,000 square feet
  • Parking Structure – 3 levels
  • Retail – 62,000 square feet
  • Restaurants Pads – Seven full service – 42,000 square feet
  • Medical office – 126,000 square feet
  • Emerson Campus – 128,300 square feet
  • Townhouse/Urban residential – 390 units
  • Collin College – existing square feet

Gateway Concept 3Concept 3: A new destination center in McKinney, Texas is defined by an attractive outdoor pedestrian environment linking the new Hotel and regional serving convention center together with a Main Street Retail Village. The signature connection occurs at a circular pedestrian ring with lush landscape, walking paths, and outdoor restaurant dining overlooking Gateway Lake. Emerson, Collin College, and a proposed medical office campus will support employment growth on site.

  • Main Street Retail – 188,500 square feet
  • 18-screen movie theater – 73,000 square feet
  • Conference Hotel – 145,000 square feet (186 rooms)
  • Conference Center – 110,000 square feet
  • Parking Structure – 4 levels
  • Hotel 2 – 150 rooms
  • Hotel 3 – 120 rooms
  • Restaurants Pads – 4 sit down dining – 24,000 square feet
  • Medical office – 192,000 square feet
  • Office (Five stories) – 168,000 square feet
  • Emerson Campus – 128,300 square feet
  • Office – 60,000 square feet
  • Collin College – existing square feet

Gateway Concept 4Concept 4: A new destination center in McKinney, Texas is defined by an attractive creek-side pedestrian environment linking together conference center, Collin College and a mixed-used commercial village. In this setting, families, students and visitors enjoy a relaxed outdoor environment filled with food and fun. Emerson and surrounding professional office development support employment growth within the Gateway district.

  • Main Street Retail – 109,400 square feet
  • Conference Hotel – 145,000 square feet (186 rooms)
  • Conference Center – 110,000 square feet
  • Mixed use (Office/Residential over Retail) – 285,000 square feet
  • Parking Structure – 4 levels
  • Hotel 2 – 150 rooms
  • Restaurants Pads – 5 full service – 36,000 square feet
  • Emerson Campus – 128,300 square feet
  • Office– 280,400 square feet
  • Townhouse (student/market) – 224 units

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