By Brian Bearden, TSB Contributor
This week the McKinney City Council will have a special meeting and planning and zoning looks at Gateway, a digital billboard and a tower.
The council special meeting will be at noon Tuesday, April 10 in the council chambers to consider a Municipal Setting Designation (MSD) between Couch Drive and FM 546 and 1,220 feet south of Industrial Blvd. on behalf of Kone Inc.
Planning and zoning meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the council chambers. Among the items will be a request by Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc., on behalf of the City of McKinney and McKinney Economic Development Corporation, for approval of a Preliminary-Final Plat for Lots 1 and 2, Block A, of the Gateway Addition. This will be on 57.89 acres on the southeast corner of Marketplace Drive and U.S. 75 (Central Expressway). A public hearing will also be held on Gateway about 12.16 acres for Emerson Regulator Technologies.
Last week, the city council provided direction of the Gateway hotel and conference center and approved the direction of City Manager Jason Gray’s recommendation to partner with the Beck Group, the company that worked on the original construction at the site, and Champ Hospitality to build full-service hotel with approximately 185 rooms and 20,000 square feet of conference and meeting space using the existing structure on the site.
Digital billboard: P&Z will conduct a public hearing on a rezoning request to allow a digital billboard on the southeast Corner of Rockhill Road and U.S. 75.
Tower: A public hearing will be held to discuss a telecommunications tower approximately 1,700 feet west of Grassmere Lane near Hwy. 380.
McKinney Main Street meets in MPAC at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 12 to go over Arts in Bloom and Bike the Brikes.
The McKinney Housing Finance Corporation meets at 8 a.m. Friday, April 13 at the Community Services Conference room at 314 S. Chestnut Street for an election of officers.
See meetings on city calendar: http://mckinney.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx
Book it: If you are looking for a copy of McKinney (Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)) by Ryan, Amazon has copies at Barnharthttp://amzn.com/0738586676. The book shows how McKinney’s settlers began arriving from Kentucky, Arkansas, and Tennessee in the early 1840s. … Helen Gibbard Hall’s “The Way It All Began” history of McKinney is also available. Click on http://amzn.com/0979005647
Did you know? The Veterans Memorial Plaque for the Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney is made from the same granite as the Wall of Honor inscribed with names of Collin County service members who died in the line of duty.
No truck scale: The City Council denied, 4 to 3, a rezoning request to allow for a scale at a future QuikTrip truck fueling station on the northeast corner of Wilmeth Road and U.S. 75. … The council approved a sign variance request by QuikTrip, appealing the denial of a sign permit to allow additional signage at Wilmeth.
Airport: The council passed resolution adopting a joint marketing program for the Collin County Regional Airport (CCRA) in hopes of attracting a significant corporate headquarters.
Presidential visit: The Mm Ee Ff 20th anniversary Gala at the Collin County Regional Airport will have emcee Steve Stoler. Former U.S. President George W. Bush will be the keynote speaker. The event will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 21 in the hanger.
Remembering victims: The Collin County Crime Victim’s Assistance Council Empty Shoe Project will be on the front steps of the Collin County Courthouse during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 22-28). The shoes represent the number of victims who have walked through our justice system in the last year.
Bikes on calendar: The bicycle master plan originally scheduled to be held during the council’s work session has been rescheduled for the Monday, April 23 work session.
Widening highway: The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) project to widen U.S. 75 from the Sam Rayburn Tollway (SRT) White Ave. in McKinney is under way as you know. TxDOT has closed northbound Eldorado Parkway exits through Sunday, July 1. The Eldorado and U.S. 75 frontage roads will not be closed during this period.