Tuesday , 19 September 2017

The Future of McKinney’s Town Center Discussed at City Council Special Meeting

Proposals for the future of McKinney’s town center and downtown area were reviewed and discussed at Monday evening’s special meeting of the McKinney City Council.

Four different developers presented plans for the development of the city-owned land in and around the downtown square. The council heard presentations from CB Jeni Homes of Dallas, InTown Homes of Dallas, GroundFloor Development of Dallas, and Zenstar Development of Austin.

The presentations showed a mix of residential, dining, entertainment, retail, parking, city buildings, single-use and mixed-use buildings. All presentations called for residential options but the presentations varied on the types of residences that would be built. Each developer’s presentation also highlighted the walkability of Downtown McKinney and all of the developments would be pedestrian friendly.

After the presentations were complete, each developer set up in a separate space around council chambers to answer questions from citizens and business owners. Citizens were also encouraged to leave comment cards that will be compiled and reviewed by city staff and then presented to the council.

At a future city council meeting, the city council will hold a public hearing and vote on their chosen proposal. This vote will authorize City Manager Jason Gray to enter into a non-binding agreement with the chosen developer and pursue the development of the city-owned land. The date for that meeting has not been set.

Below is a short summary of each proposal:

CB Jeni Homes

  • Building residential only on the city-owned area North of downtown near the intersection of Tennessee Street and Hunt Street
  • Townhomes – 2-story houses, master bedroom downstairs in majority of the homes, with the houses facing out and rear-facing garages
  • The target market would be “empty-nesters”
  • The plan would call for approximately 50 new townhomes to be built

InTown Homes

  • Comprehensive development of all of the city-owned land, including the area North of downtown near the intersection of Tennessee Street and Hunt Street as well as the nine acres South of downtown along Highway 5 near Davis Street
  • The developer hopes to bring in people to make the downtown area more viable
  • The residential units would feature apartments and townhomes with live/work units downstairs and roof deck units
  • The residential units would be green and sustainable homes
  • The target market for the residential would be ages 25-64
  • The plans also called for a potential new city hall and apartments on the nine acres South of downtown with a shared parking garage
  • The developer also hopes that place a grocery store into the space as an anchor for retail development

GroundFloor Development

  • Comprehensive development of the nine acres South of downtown along Highway 5 near Davis Street
  • The developer would undertake a conservative approach to the development of the area and build in phases
  • Phase 1 would see a parking garage, residential apartments with ground floor units that could be converted into retail space, and a green space
  • Phase 2 would see a multi-story, multi-family building with “knockout amenities”
  • Phase 3 would complete the multi-story, multi-family building
  • Phase 4 would bring in retail with additional public space
  • The design of all of the buildings would all fit into the historic nature of the area and would be indistinguishable from the existing downtown buildings

Zenstar Development

  • Comprehensive development of the nine acres South of downtown along Highway 5 near Davis Street witha fully integrated master plan
  • The plans call for a urban style area emphasizing community connectivity and walkability
  • The development would contain residential, retail and office space
  • There is also a structured parking option
  • The development would also have an amphitheater and park space
  • The developer plans to have the entire nine acre site and the downtown are function as one cohesive site
  • The development would feature apartments and homes for all levels of income
  • The development would also feature city buildings, public art and a grand roundabout to draw people into the space

To see each presentation in full, click here and then click on “Agenda”

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