When the prospective design of the new Sheraton McKinney Hotel and Conference Center was approved in October, it engendered little enthusiasm among some members of the McKinney City Council and with many in the community as well. The chief complaint was that the design was too plain and not worthy of being the “gateway to the city.”
TownSquareBuzz.com reported in late October that Mayor Brian Loughmiller and Mayor Pro Tem Travis Ussery met with the hotel’s developers to discuss the issues that many had with hotel’s design. The developers were tasked with making the hotel more visually appealing.
At a city council work session in December, however, the hotel’s developers briefed the council on the newly redesigned plans (shown above). While the basic design of the hotel is the same, the new design features new colors, added stone and masonry, and an increase in awnings, balconies and other design elements. The developers also presented a view of the hotel’s South entrance (shown below), which was not shown when the council previously approved the hotel’s design and elevations.
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