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Eviction lings set to hit courts after seven-month pause Eviction rates have steadily declined across Collin and Den- ton counties in the last year, beginning with a signicant drop at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. That may change now that the Texas Supreme Court has declined to extend its moratorium pausing evictions in local courts. In late March, a federal eviction moratorium issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was extended to be eective through June 30. Under that moratorium, land- lords can le lawsuits against their tenants but cannot evict them for unpaid rent. However, that moratorium applies to CONTINUED ON 24 BY LIESBETH POWERS 500 400 300 200 100 0 A DROP Federal and state restrictions by government entities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Precinct 3 Precinct 4 Prevention, slowed the rate of evictions at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak but did not stop them altogether, as has been clear in Collin County Justice of the Peace Precincts 3 and 4. As protections expire, more delayed evictions are expected to be led. 2019 2020 2021 Federal moratorium on evictions is put in place through CARES Act. CDC issues federal moratorium after previous one expires in July. Texas issues statewide moratorium for courts hearing evictions. State moratorium expires March 31. CDC moratorium is extended through June 30. IN FILING SOURCES: COLLIN COUNTY, CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER N SRT TOLL DNT TOLL PGBT TOLL 75

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As part of its eorts toward increas- ing local sustainability, Plano has des- ignated grow zones that allow for the regrowth of natural grass and wood- lands to increase the amount of native acreage in the city. The Glenhollow North Estates homeowners association was able take advantage of another of those programs when it decided to implement more ecient irriga- tion and sprinkler systems in 2017. CONTINUED ON 27

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NOWOPEN 1 Raising Cane’s opened a new location April 6 at 6060 Coit Road, Plano. The Louisiana-based eatery is known for its chicken tenders, crinkle-cut fries, coleslaw, Texas toast and signature Cane’s sauce. The new location is the fourth Raising Cane’s restaurant in Plano. 972-599-0007. www.raisingcanes.com 2 Herculean Supplements held a soft opening in Plano in January and celebrated its grand opening March 27 at 1201 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Ste. 140, Plano, in the former location of Shredded Supplements. The store sells various products, such as preworkout, protein, nitric oxide, and other tness and health supplements. 469-367-4398. www.herculeansupplementsllc.com COMING SOON 3 Grocery chain H-E-B announced in late March that it plans to open a Plano location in fall 2022. The company plans

to begin construction this summer on the Plano store at the southwest corner of Preston Road and Spring Creek Parkway. H-E-B is expected to open a new Frisco location that fall as well. www.heb.com 4 Oishii Sushi plans to open a new location at 8448 Parkwood Blvd., Ste. 700, Plano. This will be the restaurant’s rst location outside of Dallas, as Oishii has three locations in the city. The restaurant serves sushi and pan-Asian cuisine, including sashimi, maki rolls and specialty dishes. Oishii expects to open this spring in Plano, although an open- ing date has not yet been announced.

972-208-2371. www.zalatpizza.com 6 Lita’s la Mexicana will celebrate its fth anniversary April 21 at 7224 Independence Parkway, Ste. 356, Plano. The restaurant serves authentic Mexican cuisine and was founded by restau- rateur Carolina Rodriguez, who also co-founded Mi Cocina. Lita’s oers daily lunch and dinner options as well as a brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays. 972-618-4542. www.litasdallas.com NAME CHANGES 7 In-Fretta completed its rebrand to La Meglio on March 20 with new storefront signs at Parkwood Plaza in Plano. The restaurant, located at 5588 SH 121, Ste. 300, Plano, had been slowly working on this rebrand over the last year and a half, owner Ram Mehta said. The inside of La Meglio has also been renovated in that time. The menu and ownership at La Meglio remain the same. Menu items include signature pizzas, a variety of chicken wing avors, and pasta dishes. La Meglio is also continuing the restaurant’s

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#EveryoneEatz campaign, through which it distributes free meals to those in need. The restaurant is now nearing a land- mark of giving out 500,000 free meals since #EveryoneEatz began, Mehta said. 214-618-5431. www.lameglio.com 8 Yeager Oce Suites of Texas re- branded as Caddo Oce Reimagined in January. The company’s Plano location at 8105 Rasor Blvd., Plano, has more than 160 private oce spaces and executive suites available for rent as well as reser-

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Plano House of Comedy plans to open later this year within The Shops at Legacy at 7301 Lone Star Drive, Plano. The comedy club, which is taking over the space formerly occupied by the Blue Martini lounge, will feature a dine-in experience with drinks and standup comedy. Renovations on the space began in early 2020 with an eye to open later that year, co-owner Rick Bronson said, but that work and the original planned opening of the club were pushed back because of the coronavirus pandemic. Bronson said Plano House of Comedy is now targeting Aug. 1 as its opening date. “It’s always been our intention to never open a club unless we can put a butt in every chair in said club,” Bronson said. “The idea of doing a grand opening to 50% capacity didn’t sit well with any of us.” When the venue opens, Bronson said, he expects it will operate Tuesday through Sunday and that it will feature a mixture of local comics and touring entertainers from around the country. vation-only meeting rooms. Oce spaces range from 93-263 square feet. 972-704- 1452. https://caddooces.com RENOVATIONS 9 Davis Library will undergo roughly $5.3 million in expansion and renovation projects. This will include structural re- pairs and updates to meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements as well as the creation of additional spaces for pro- gramming and study. Meeting rooms and collaborative spaces will be added, and the children’s space will more than dou- ble in size with a dedicated children’s pro- gram room. Construction at Davis Library, 7501 Independence Parkway, Plano, is ex- pected to begin in April and will continue

“Typically, our headliners are all touring comics—guys that you’ve seen on all the late-night talk shows or ‘Last Comic Standing,’ Comedy Central, Netix—those types of acts,” Bronson said. “That being said, all of our clubs are huge development clubs. We work and encourage the local comics to get as much face time as possible and get on-stage as frequently as they can.” Bronson also has House of Comedy locations in Arizona, Minnesota and British Columbia in Canada as well as a The Comic Strip location in Alberta, Canada. 780-483-5999. https://tx.houseofcomedy.net

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NOWOPEN 1 Valerie’s Taco Shop opened its doors March 13 at 1130 N. Central Expressway, Plano. The Mexican restaurant sells a variety of meat and vegetable tacos, including carne asada, grilled shrimp and carnitas. Burritos, quesadillas and sides will also be available. This is the second Texas location for Valerie’s Taco Shop, and the shop expects to continue its soft opening as staers are trained, manage- ment shared. A phone number for the Plano taco shop will be available in April. www.valeriestacoshop.com 2 Hot Chicks Nashville Chicken cel- ebrated its grand opening March 27 at 1885 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 300, Plano. The restaurant, which specializes in Nashville-style chicken, originally held a soft opening this winter. The fast-ca- sual restaurant oers halal, dairy-free and peanut-free chicken sandwiches and tenders at various heat levels as well as sides, salads, tacos and alco- hol-infused slushies. 214-758-0310. www.hotchickschicken.com 3 La Hechizera Tortas opened April 7 at 1120 E. Parker Road, Ste. 198, Plano.

The Mexican restaurant oers a variety of tortas, prepared with beans, toma- to, avocado, onion and mayo, as well as antojitos, burritos and tacos. Other house-specials include the tacos torta, a torta with three beef campechanos tacos, mimosa salsa and marinated pork meat. La Hechizera Tortas has close to a dozen locations in the Dal- las-Fort Worth area, including multiple locations in Dallas. 469-209-0601. www.tortaslahechizera.com 4 Fried chicken kitchen Fuku began taking orders for delivery in Plano on April 6. Fuku is a ghost kitchen operat- ing from the parking lot at 3100 Dallas Parkway, Plano. Customers can only place orders through DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates and Uber Eats. Started by chef David Chang, Fuku oers several dierent fried-chicken sandwiches as well as chicken strips and fries. 917-201-7098. https://eatfuku.com 5 FurBabies Bakery opened a new retail location March 27 at 1012 E. 15th St., Plano. The new store in histor- ic downtown Plano is open Tuesday through Sunday in the former location of Pipe & Palette. The pet bakery oers homemade cakes and treats for dogs,

such as PupaRoons and Miley’s Dog- gie Fries. FurBabies Bakery has previ- ously sold its goods at local farmers markets and events. 214-945-1890. www.furbabiesbakery.com 6 G Fadez Barber Shop opened March 29 near Collin Creek Mall in Plano. The shop oers a variety of barbering and grooming services, such as fades, tapers and shear cuts, as well as hot towel shaves, hair coloring and shampoo wash- es. Other services include beard trims, eyebrow cleanups and hair designs. G Fadez is located within the Phoenix Salon Suites at 1017 N. Central Expressway, Ste. 200, Room 101, Plano. 214-208-6184. www.gfadezbarbershop.com 7 Chop House Gyro is expects to open April 14 at 2929 Custer Road, Ste. 312, Plano, in the former location of Friend & Foe Board Game Cafe, which recently closed. The Mediterranean fast-food con- cept will oer signature shawarma rolls and rice bowls with varying degrees of spice. Gourmet burgers, such as the gyro burger, and salad bowls are also expected to make the menu, as are additional sides, such as wings, hummus and drinks. Chop House Gyro also has restaurant locations in Arlington and Dallas. 214-954-7494

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(Dallas). www.chophousegyro.com COMING SOON 8 Salad and Go expects to open its rst Plano location this spring. The drive-thru concept eatery will oer made-to-order salads, wraps, breakfast burritos, soups and drinks at 3940 W. 15th St., Plano. These items are priced at the same cost as fast food to further the company’s mission to make healthy food convenient and aordable, according to a release from Salad and Go. Menu items are also streamlined to allow for fast service, easy choices and low prices, the re- lease said. Salad and Go was founded in Gilbert, Arizona, and is expanding with multiple locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area this spring and summer. www.saladandgo.com/dallas 9 Urban Core , a Lagree tness studio, will join Urban Seafood Co. on the second oor of a newly constructed building in downtown Plano, located at 1104 14th St., Plano, in late April or early May. The tness studio is a creation of

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Plano luxury apartment community Ferro is slated to be completed in summer 2022.

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FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Ferro , a luxury apartment community, is under construction in downtown Plano. The development, which will be located at 1005 11th St., is a joint venture between Toll Brothers Apartment Living and JD Capital USA. Toll Brothers spokesperson John M. Piedrahita said leasing for the 379-unit development is slated to begin in the rst quarter of 2022. The full community is expected to be completed by summer 2022, Piedrahita said. The four-story development will be located on a 4.9-acre site with a parking garage featuring 476 spaces. Ferro will also oer an assortment of amenities, including a maker space, a resort-style pool, an outdoor theater and a dog park. “Ferro is our fourth rental community in DFW and reects our growing local entrepreneurs Bonnie and Nathan Shea’s three daughters, Caycee Holt, Allie Hickey and McKenzie Shea. Lagree specializes in high-intensity, low-im- pact muscular endurance exercises to combine strength, endurance, cardio, balance, core and exibility training. Also on the second oor will be a smoothie Blended Bar and Urban Core apparel. www.facebook.com/urbancorelagree 10 Urban Seafood Co. is expect- ed to open late April or early May in Plano on the rst oor of a four-story, mixed-use building at 1104 14th St., Plano. The restaurant—the creation of chef Salvatore Gisellu and Bonnie and Nathan Shea, creators of Urban Rio and Urban Crust—is set to include menu options from its fresh oyster bar as well as clams, lobster bakes, house-made pastas, lobster rolls and chowders. www.facebook.com/urbanseafoodco RELOCATIONS 11 NY Pizza Palace is relocating to Plano in late April. The restaurant, cur-

pipeline in this market,” Toll Brothers President Charles Elliott said in a statement. “Due to its diversied economy, continued job growth and its high quality of life for residents, North Texas continues to be a very attractive market for us.” Ferro will be located near the site of Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s 12th Street station as well as the Silver Line project. That planned 26-mile line will connect seven cities, including Plano, and four counties in the North Dallas area and is expected to be in service by March 2023. www.liveferro.com

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MAJESTIC SOUL THE BOARDWALK AT GRANITE PARK

The soul sextet Majestic Soul will play a free concert at The Boardwalk at Granite Park. Guests will be able to listen to the band’s sound as they enjoy the boardwalk’s many restaurants—which are now permitted to sell alcoholic beverages to go—and its waterfront views. COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place, and social distancing will be maintained. 7-9 p.m. Free. 5880 SH 121, Plano. https://boardwalkgranitepark.com (Courtesy Granite Properties)

featuring The Ballet Ensemble of Texas. The performance will also include pieces from Beethoven and from the movie “Coco.” 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. $10 (includes online children’s lesson). Christ United Methodist Church, 3101 Coit Road, Plano. 972-473-7262. www.planosymphony.org MAY 07 THROUGH 9 AND 1416 ‘LEGALLY BLONDE’ AT NORTH TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS North Texas Performing Arts will present its production of the award-winning musical “Legally Blonde,” which follows Elle Woods’ journey through law school. This show is recommended for individuals age 13 and up. 8 p.m. (Fri.-Sat.), 2:30 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.). Prices TBD. Willow Bend Center of the Arts, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Ste. 216, Plano. 972-422-2575. https:// northtexasperformingarts.org/tickets 08 PLANOASIAFEST This year’s Plano AsiaFest will be held virtually. The event will include cultural performances, information on Asian artistic traditions and more. Plano AsiaFest will be streamed live on YouTube and on the festival’s website. 11 a.m. Free. Virtual event. http://asianamericanheritage.org/ WORTH THE TRIP MAY 1316: AT&T BYRON NELSON GOLF TOURNAMENT The AT&T Byron Nelson Golf Tournament will be held at TPC Craig Ranch in McKinney. Single-day tickets to attend this stop of the PGA Tour are available, and guests age 17 and younger can attend for free. Prices and event times vary. TPC Craig Ranch, 8000 Collin McKinney Parkway, McKinney. 214-943-9700. www.attbyronnelson.org

COMPILED BY BEN DICKERSON APRIL 24 ART IN THE PARK IN DOWNTOWN PLANO This one-day, family-friendly arts festival in the Downtown Plano Arts District will feature live music, performances, a makers market, art installations, a beer and wine garden sponsored by Karbach Brewing Co., and more. The Downtown Plano Art & Wine Walk will be running concurrently with this event, and tickets will be available in the park. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Haggard Park, 1013 E. 15th St., Plano. www.visitdowntownplano.com 24 HANDLETTERINGWORKSHOP AT PIPE &PALETTE Attendees of this workshop at Pipe & Palette in The Shops at Willow Bend will learn hand-lettering techniques and terms through group instruction and individual practice. Beginners and novices alike will have the opportunity to develop their skills, and all will receive a hand- lettering kit to take home. 6-8 p.m. $60 (includes all supplies). Pipe & Palette, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Ste. C118, Plano. 972-482-0755. www.pipeandpalette.com 24 ANDMAY 1,8,15 RED TENT FARMERSMARKET Each Saturday, The Shops at Willow Bend hosts this farmers market, which regularly features more than 20 local vendors. Customers can buy locally grown produce, as well as baked goods, salsa, plants, sweet treats and more. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free (entry). 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano. 972-965-1144. www.shopwillowbend.com 29 ANDMAY 3 PLANO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, ‘PETER AND THEWOLF’ The Plano Symphony Orchestra will hold a socially distanced performance of Profokiev’s “Peter and the Wolf”

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bridge on the west side of the turnpike. Timeline: March 2020-May 2021 Cost: $4.6 million Funding sources: Texas Department of Transportation, city of Plano 5 Park Boulevard improvements A project to improve five intersections along Park Boulevard began last October. The projects will enhance roadway capac- ity and realign intersections to improve safety. Crews will focus on two intersec- tions at a time and are currently working at A Coit Road and B Custer Road. Timeline: October 2020-October 2021 Cost: $4.2 million Funding source: city of Plano 6 Parker Road improvements A project to improve the intersections of Parker Road with A Alma Road and B Coit Road began in early Decem- ber. The projects will enhance roadway capacity, improve signals and realign intersections to heighten safety. Crews started at Alma to avoid conflict with the ongoing intersection projects along Park Boulevard. Timeline: December 2020-June 2021 Cost: $2.1 million

COMPILED BY WILLIAM C. WADSACK ONGOING PROJECTS 1 Coit Road project Crews are making pavement and sidewalk repairs on Coit Road between Legacy Drive and Hedgcoxe Road. Northbound and southbound lanes will be affected on both stretches of road. One lane will re- main closed at all times, and an additional lane will be closed from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Timeline: January 2020-summer 2021 Cost: $6.4 million Funding source: city of Plano 2 Parker Road project A project to repair pavement and side- walk on Parker Road began in March. Work is underway from Coit Road to Inde- pendence Parkway. One lane will remain closed at all times, and an additional lane will be closed from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Timeline: March-May Cost: $150,000

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A project to repair pavement and side- walk on Los Rios Boulevard began in mid- April. Crews are working between Park Boulevard and 14th Street. One lane on the road will be closed in each direction while work is being done. Timeline: April-July Cost: $250,000 Funding source: city of Plano 4 Preston Road intersection project A project to expand the bridge where Preston Road meets President George Bush Turnpike began in March with the in- stallation of traffic control devices along outside southbound lanes. Crews are continuing to progress on widening the

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QUALIFYING FACTORS The city of Plano’s Community Relations Commission asks these questions to evaluate whether a property is eligible for the Texas Housing Tax Credit Program. 1 Do the units address a housing need or problem identied in the Needs Assessment or Market Analysis sections of the City of Plano’s current Consolidated Plan for HUD programs? 2 Is the proposed development located within a half-mile of walking distance of DART transportation—current or developing public transportation route—or is the proposed development located in a high-opportunity area? 3 Does the proposed development have at least 20% market-rate units? Does this development redevelop a multifamily complex or underperforming commercial development? 4 Does the development include at least four energy-ecient or sustainable/ green-build components?

The proposed K Avenue Lofts multifamily development expects to sit on 5.3 acres of land east of US 75 on the corner of K Avenue and Park Boulevard in Plano. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

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support for any proposed plans, sta said at an earlier meeting. The city approved support of three applications for 9% housing tax credits at a Feb. 8 meeting. Applica- tions for 9% tax credits are considered competitive and are submitted only once a year, while 4% applications are accepted year-round. If granted, the tax credit would apply to investments put into the property during construc- tion of the multifamily complex. In an eort to better control the possible property tax impact of these tax credits on the city, Coun- cil Member Anthony Ricciardelli suggested requiring additional council approval earlier in the process of planning development eligible for tax credits. Ideally, he said, this would happen before developers entered any property agreements or partnerships. In the current state legislative

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session, which will run through May 31, lawmakers have exhibited interest in debating how tax credits and the process to apply for them ought to work. Plano council members directed sta to indicate their support of these discussions at the state level. In the meantime, council has encouraged incorporating quarterly reports from the Plano Housing Authority and initiating meetings with sta early in the process of future tax credit applications. Additionally, a member of city sta will be present at future Plano Housing Authority board meetings, City Manager Mark Israelson said. If the state does not pursue a change in the Legislature, next steps for the city could include adopting a resolution to change the process, council members said.

“So [we can] start with [those things] today ... [and] then put some- thing together when it’s appropriate, on a local level, that would address it,” Council Member Rick Smith said. “So council does have some governance on these issues.” The K Avenue Lofts are slated to be built on 5.3 acres of land on the corner of K Avenue and Park Boulevard, which was rezoned from commercial to a planned development space at a Feb. 23 meeting. The development is set to include up to 226 apartments made up of a mixture of one-, two- and three-bed- room units. Forty-seven units will be open to any renter, and 179 units will be restricted to workforce households that make 60% or less of the area median income, or a maximum gross income of approximately $60,000.

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DEVELOPMENT HEBwill bring grocery stores to Frisco andPlano next year

BY DANIEL HOUSTON

of Legacy Drive andMain Street. Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere welcomed the announcement, calling the grocery “one of the most beloved” brands in the state. “We are so proud HEB chose [Plano] to launch their ever-popular grocery concept locally,” LaRosiliere said in a written statement. “This ag- ship store will add to the fabric of our community and that makes us Texan and special. Welcome HEB!” On his Facebook page, Frisco Mayor Je Cheney said bringing an HEB store in the city has been “one of our biggest citizen wish list items I’ve heard from you over the last decade.” “It’s ocial!” Cheney wrote on Facebook. “HEB is coming to Frisco the Summer of 2022 at Main and Legacy. Welcome to Frisco!” A statement from the company said HEB is committed to the Dallas-Fort Worth area for the long term.

The grocery store chain HEB announced plans March 26 to expand into the North Texas suburbs following years of speculation as the company acquired properties in the area. The company is expected to begin construction this summer on two new HEB locations, one in Plano and the other in Frisco, according to HEB spokespersonMabrie Jackson. These stores are slated to open in fall 2022. “This is an exciting day as we share plans to expand our presence in the DFWmarket with the introduction of HEB, our agship banner, to our growing network of stores,” said Stephen Butt, the company’s Central Market Division president, in a statement. The Plano store will be located at the southwest corner of Preston Road and Spring Creek Parkway. The Frisco store will be located at the northeast corner

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Grocer H-E-B has slowly moved into the Dallas-Fort Worth area over the last several decades. This has largely been done through its Central Market brand. In the fall of 2022, HEB stores will reach Plano and Frisco. NEW LOCATIONS 1 H-E-B Frisco: Coming fall 2022 2 H-E-B Plano: Coming fall 2022 EXISTING LOCATIONS 7 3 Central Market: Opened 2002 4 Central Market: Opened 2012 5 Central Market: Opened 2018 6 Central Market: Opened 2002

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away from their county on election day and during early voting; be sick or disabled; be age 65 or older on election day; or be confined in jail but eligible to vote. In order to vote in this election, residents must have registered by April 1. Here are some dates to know about the upcoming May election. DATES TO KNOW

Plano voters will head to the ballot box May 1 to pick candidates for Plano City Council and the Plano ISD board of trustees. Additionally, voters will be asked to weigh in on six bond measures from the city of Plano and to choose from among the candidates running for the Collin College board of trustees. Early voting begins April 19. Polling locations in Collin County will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 19-24 and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. April 26-27. In Denton County, polling locations for early voting will be open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 19-24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 26 and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. April 26-27. On Election day, polling locations in both counties will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. May 1. Applications for a ballot by mail must be received by April 20. In order to vote by mail, a person must be

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VOTING IN PLANO Voters in Collin County are able to vote at any county location during early voting and on election day. Residents of Denton County are able to vote at any county location during early voting but must visit their precinct location on election day.

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Incentive agreements shift to allow for hybridworkingmodels

the full-time positions to be located on the property, the revisions require that payroll be located at the property and that employees live within the 11-county Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area, Bane said in email. Toyota received a grant of nearly $6.8 million from the city in 2014 through an incentive agreement for the construction of its Plano campus, with stipulations to add and maintain up to 3,650 full-time positions at the location. across-the-board pay increase,” Israelson said. “We wanted to make sure that as an employer, we go about maintaining a competitive stance in the marketplace. And I think this also reflects the statement that we fre- quently make, that our people are our greatest assets.” Plano currently has 2,995 employ- ees. Staffers who are active as of May 3, meet performance requirements and are not above the maximum pay limit will receive this increase.

A grant of roughly $5 million from the city to JPMorgan was established in 2016 through an incentive agree- ment for the bank’s Plano campus, with stipulations to add and maintain up to 4,800 full-time positions there. Council issued compliance waivers last fall for any active incentive agree- ments connected to commercial or retail projects through the end of this year. City officials do not yet know whether other agreements will need to be reviewed, Bane said prior to the second agreement’s adjustment. FOR THE STAFF The city of Plano employs close to 3,000 staffers, all of whom will receive a pay increase. 2% pay increase $1.6MILLION 2,995 city staff SOURCE: CITY OF PLANO/ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER for remainder of 2020-21 fiscal year

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Minor changes in the agreements’ language were approved by Plano City Council over the last month to accom- modate hybrid working models, site optimization and growth within the companies, according to Sally Bane, economic development director for the city of Plano. Instead of requiring

PLANO Two large incentive agree- ments between the city of Plano and two companies, Toyota Motor North America and JPMorgan Chase Bank, have been revised to give the compa- nies more flexibility on where their employees work.

City staff to receive 2%midyear pay increase

BY LIESBETH POWERS

and fall, City Manager Mark Israelson said at an April 6 meeting. The city has continued to monitor its sales tax revenue and property values throughout the coronavirus pandemic. This spring, the COVID-19 vaccine and other efforts to stimulate the city have helped stabilize the economy, he said. “Because of that, we thought it was prudent to bring back a 2%

PLANO City Council approved a 2% pay increase for city employees in the middle of its budget year. Roughly $1.6 million from various city funds will go toward an increase in pay for all employees. Salary increases were not planned in the fiscal year 2020-21 budget due to instability in the economy last summer

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