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UNDIMINISHED DEMAND Despite primarily oering online classes, Collin College saw higher enrollment this summer than in previous summers. Ocials said they expect fall enrollment to be similar to that of past years. Enrollment numbers Summer 2016 14,027 Summer 2017 14,372 Summer 2018 14,677

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Construction on the Sam Rayburn Tollway and its intersections is expected to ramp up in the coming months as part of a $200 million expansion. The North Texas Tollway Authority’s Sam Rayburn Tollway widening project began in January 2019 and will add a fourth lane in both directions from Den- ton Tap Road in Coppell to US 75 in McKinney. The project also calls for ramp improvements in Frisco between the Dallas North Tollway and Preston Road. The Sam Rayburn Tollway widening project aims to improve regional mobility, as the North Texas pop- ulation is projected to exceed 11 million people in the coming decades. CONTINUED ON 24

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Collin College prepares to restart fall classes CollinCollegewill have several learning options— and a mask-wearing requirement—for students and sta returning this fall. “Safety and exibility are the key considerations for fall,” said Toni Jenkins, senior vice president of campus operations for Collin College. BY MIRANDA JAIMES

The Sam Rayburn Tollway expansion will add a fourth lane in both directions throughout the SRT corridor. Much of this work will take place in the center median.

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This fall, the community college will oer on-site and remote learning options as well as combina- tions of the two. Students will be able to choose from various options at the time of registration, which opened July 24 for fall, according to college spokespeople. Students who need to complete coursework or CONTINUED ON 18

When COVID-19 made its way into the North Texas area in March, all classes at Collin College abruptly transitioned to an online format. The college moved about 33,000 students in 4,000 dif- ferent courses online in less than a week, ocials said. Now, the college is looking ahead to Aug. 24, when classes start for the fall semester.

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Businesses that have recently opened or are coming soon, relocating or expanding

chicken ngers and stued jalapeños lled with brisket. Orders can be made by calling the restaurant at 469-631-0011 or ordering online through Toast. www.texanagrill.com 4 Amore Lounge Cafe & Hookah opened July 11 in downtown McKinney. The business is family-owned and oers a variety of desserts, pastries, coees, bev- erages, fruit smoothies and hookah a- vors. Amore is located at 301 E. Virginia St., Ste. 102, McKinney. 469-714-0004. www.amorehookahlounge.com 5 The Homestead Heifer , a store specializing in custom minky blankets and other comfort items, opened June 1. The store oers a variety of minky blankets for babies, children and adults, and it also provides personal and professional embroidery. The store is located at 112 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 214-412-5662. www.thehomesteadheifer.com 6 La Madeleine French Bakery & Cafe opened July 8 at 3625 W. University Drive, McKinney. The restaurant oers dine-in, takeout, grab-and-go, delivery and catering services. The restaurant provides French cuisine, including soups, salads, sandwiches, breakfast, coees, pastries and breads. 469-581-1300. 7 Mary’s Mountain Cookies is expect- ed to open in downtown McKinney in mid-August. The store will sell freshly baked cookies from the Colorado-based shop, which is known for its soft, quar- ter-pound cookies and other moun- tain-style treats. The location at 107 W. Louisiana St., McKinney, is the rst Texas store for the business. The menu will have more than 15 avors of cookies, all of which are made on location and baked fresh each day. www.marysmountaincookies.com 8 Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream is expected to open in mid-August. The shop will be located near Kroger at 4700 W. Eldorado Parkway, Ste. 210, McKinney. The Ohio-based company will feature ice cream made fresh on-site daily. In addi- tion to a variety of ice cream avors, the shop will also serve yogurt, sherbet and avored ices. www.handelsicecream.com www.lamadeleine.com COMING SOON

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9 A new warehouse project called McKinney Airport Center is underway. The center will provide space to help meet the demand for last-mile or inll industrial product in the region, accord- ing to a July 7 news release. It consists of two buildings, at 107,300 and 123,885 square feet, which are being constructed by Stonemont Financial Group, a privately held real estate investment rm. McKin- ney Airport Center will feature multiple suites, 24 dock doors, large clearance height with wide bays and more than 230 parking spaces, per the news release. It will be located at 2182 S. Airport Drive, McKinney. The project is expected to be completed in early 2021. RELOCATIONS 10 Rockin’ A B has relocated from 109 W. Virginia St., Ste. 101, McKinney, to 113 N. Kentucky St., Ste. 102, McKinney. The store ocially opened in its new location July 11. Rockin’ A B provides vintage-in- spired apparel, accessories, books and toys for children and infants. 469-907-1053. www.rockinab.com 11 Birds & Words recently relocated from 113 N. Kentucky St., Ste. 102, McK- inney, to 100 W. Virginia St., McKinney. The store oers boutique home decor items, such as signs, painted furniture, hand-lettered globes and other house- hold accessories. 469-714-0388. www.birdsandwords.org 12 McKinney tea store Fusion Teas has relocated to a larger space to expand its shop and warehouse. The new location ocially opened July 13. The relocation includes a modern retail shop for locals

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NOWOPEN 1 Cinnaholic opened July 24 at 8930 SH 121, Ste. 570, McKinney. The store oers fresh-baked cinnamon rolls, bite-size Baby Buns, coee, cookies, brownies and raw, edible cookie dough. All of Cinna- holic’s products are fresh-baked and are 100% vegan, dairy- and lactose-free, egg-free and cholesterol-free. 972-332-8525. www.cinnaholic.com 2 A new food truck launched July 11 at the McKinney Farmers Market. It oers made-to-order menu items and serves lunch and dinner. Fresh Mex can be found every Saturday at the McKinney

Farmers Market from 8 a.m.-noon at 315 S. Chestnut St., McKinney. The truck will also set up in other McKinney locations at least four times a week. The food truck’s Facebook page has information on where 3 Texana Grill , a new restaurant with a menu inspired by the Texas Hill Country, opened for to-go orders July 16 at 1222 N. Central Expressway, McKinney. Texana Grill opened in the former location of El Corazon Tex Mex restaurant, which has permanently closed. Texana’s menu will include items such as smoked barbecue meats by the pound, hand-breaded to nd it. 714-234-6855. www.realfreshmex.com

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and McKinney visitors. Fusion Teas is lo- cated at 1905 University Business Drive, Ste. 604, McKinney. 972-372-4832. www.fusionteas.com 13 Community Health Clinic , a nonprof- it health care clinic serving Collin County, relocated July 1 to a new spot near the Medical City McKinney campus; the new location is 4510 Medical Center Drive, Ste. 204, McKinney. The larger space will accommodate the increased demand for health care services among low-income, uninsured families in Collin County, ac- cording to a clinic news release. 972-547-0606. www.chc-mckinney.com 14 Conduit Architecture + Design relocated in mid-July from 402 Parker St., McKinney, to 711 N. Tennessee St., McKin- ney. Conduit services include residential, commercial and civic architectural design, and the rm has completed multiple city projects. 972-302-9747. 15 Guidepost Montessori expanded to a second location at Craig Ranch, which fully opened in July. The new campus is located at 6800 Bountiful Grove Drive, McKinney. The Montessori school at Craig Ranch opened with early childhood pro- gramming for children up to age 6. The campus will feature three infant class- rooms and programs for preschoolers and www.conduitad.com EXPANSIONS FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON City ocials and Everest Developers broke ground on Florence, McKinney’s newest mixed-use project, during a socially distanced ceremony July 9. Florence will include commercial and residential spaces along with amenities for a live-work-play community with a “modern Mediterranean theme,” according to an Everest Developers news release. The 18-acre project will include 182 multifamily units, a gym, a swimming pool, courtyards, walking trails, pet-friendly features and open, exible spaces, according to a July 22

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IN THE NEWS 16 The owners of a new restaurant in downtown McKinney have conrmed they are walking away from the project. Black & Horn announced plans last summer to open at 216 E. Virginia St. in downtown McKinney. However, the restaurant will not be opening in that location, and the space has been relinquished, owner Chris Ford conrmed. Ford said the COVID-19 pandemic played a part in the changed plans. The Fords were unable to secure the funding needed to proceed with opening the restaurant, which was going to oer an upstairs lounge and live music and provide a mix of Southern and Asian dishes. www.facebook.com/blackandhorn CLOSINGS 17 Stan Penn, the owner of Dempsey’s Place in downtown McKinney, conrmed the bar permanently closed July 20. Penn cited the coronavirus pandemic as the reason for the closure. He said he will unveil a new marketplace concept in the space later this year. Dempsey’s Place is located at 310 E. Louisiana St., McKinney. 214-842-8811. www.dempseysmckinney.com 18 Loco Cowpoke Salsa Shop in down- town McKinney closed at the end of June. The store specialized in selling unique salsas, jellies, relishes, spices, sauces and other condiments, and it was located at 206 E. Louisiana St., McKinney. www.facebook.com/loco-cowpoke- salsa-shop-235136691450/

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A complete reconstruction of Louisi- ana Street between Church Street and Kentucky Street is well underway. The paving along the remaining north half of the roadway will continue through the month of August, with one travel lane provided for vehicles. Pedestrians can access businesses through designated walking areas in the construction zone. Traffic is encouraged to access historic downtown McKinney via Hwy. 5 and Mc- Donald Street. Visit www.mckinneytexas. org/louisiana for up-to-date construction information and resources to help plan visits. Cost: $4.9 million Timeline: May-September (Phase 1), January 2020-July 2021 (Phase 2) Funding source: city of McKinney

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Rockhill Road improvements Construction of a mini-roundabout at the intersection of Rockhill Road and Graves Street, including lighting and pedestrian enhancements, began in early June. Con- struction of the roundabout is expected to be substantially completed in August— prior to the start of the 2020-21 McK- inney ISD school year. Throughout the duration of construction, the intersection will remain closed, with detour routes provided along Wilson Creek Parkway and Louisiana Street/Virginia Street. Drivers are encouraged to seek alternate routes. Cost: $500,000 (roundabout only) Timeline: May-September Funding source: city of McKinney

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area of high population and so many families, that as soon as we were [open], people were commenting, ‘Gee, this is kind of small, isn’t it?’ So our rst goal was to have a bigger building so that we could t more people in here.” In 2015, McKinney residents voted to approve a bond proposition of $9.5 million for the library. Construction began last year for the library’s expansion and the interior renovation. The expansion provides more space to serve the growing McKinney pop- ulation, Bailey said, and it also adds more programming spaces. The newly expanded library features stage areas that fold into the walls, an outdoor program area and a multipurpose room, The Bailey, that has retractable lecture hall seating. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the library is unable to take advantage of these spaces until gatherings of more than 10 people are allowed. During the rst months of the pandemic, the library was able to oer curbside checkout.

“We also ... put a lot of money from our Collection Development Account toward e-books,” Bailey said. “So if people could not come to the library, they could get books, audiobooks or books online.” While the library has reopened, there are still a few nishing touches being made. A new bronze statue of two children was recently installed by the Friends of McKinney Libraries and John and Judy Gay, the library’s namesakes. In addition, decorated endcaps will soon be placed at the end of the bookshelves. Most of the tables in the new, spaced out area at the front of the library had people using them on a mid-July afternoon. The booths and lounge chairs were also lled—all signs that the expansion will be well-used. “When people come in the library who haven’t been in since we remod- eled, usually, their rst remarks are that it’s so open-looking and so nicely spread out,” Bailey said. “It’s just a really beautiful place with lots of light and lots of color.”

The library has a new, dierent look following a recent expansion.

The John and Judy Gay Public Library has added 15,217 square feet of space as part of an expansion that is nally complete. The library reopened to the public June 22 to unveil its new wing and renovated interior. Starting at the entrance, the library has a new, modern look with fresh paint and carpet, study rooms, shorter shelves and various seating arrangements ranging from tables to booths. It also has a new section to the right of its front entrance big enough to be its own building, complete with a multipurpose room and a toddler area. On any given day at the library before its expansion, every table was taken. Some students would nd whatever space they could on the oor to get their work done, Branch Manager Lisa Bailey said. She said it had been like that since the library rst opened in late 2009. “We outgrew the library as soon as it was built,” Bailey said. “We are in an

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at the corner of Greenville Road and Dungan Street across from The Mill at East McKinney, Lewis said during his presentation. With the relocation, Tupps Brewery would be one of the rst major developments on the east side of downtown, and its new location would connect the east side of Hwy. 5 to downtown McKinney. “With all of the development on the east side that the city has planned, we think we can really be a catalyst to jump-start that and to get that really going,” Lewis told the MCDC board May 28. The project will span 4.5 acres and will include oce space, a barrel aging room, an enclosed production facility, an outdoor bar, outdoor entertainment areas, play areas for adults and children, a water feature and a 10,000-square-foot taproom— more than triple the size of its current taproom. The location will focus on beer, entertainment, music, food, artists and craftsmanship, Lewis said. There

Lewis asked the MCDC for an $11.3 million grant to renovate the grain facility and turn it into a space suit- able for the brewery and taproom. “It’s the coolest building I’ve ever seen,” he said during his presenta- tion. “It’s pretty rough. But we really think that we could really make that an interesting spot.” He estimated it would take about two years before Tupps could ocially move into the new site. As part of the agreement with the MCDC, Tupps Brewery will enter into a long-term lease for the space, with an option to own. The agreement also includes a 2% revenue share with the city of McKinney. “It’s going to be great for the redevelopment area on the east side and the Mill District,” City Manager Paul Grimes said. “And it’s going to be a really, really exciting time for that particular part of McKinney.”

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Tupps Brewery is partnering with the city of McKinney on a multimil- lion-dollar project to create a unique destination and catalyst for develop- ment on the city’s east side. The initial deal calls for an $11.3 million grant fromMcKinney Community Development Corp. to renovate the city’s historic grain site and allow Tupps to expand its brewery operations and to add more entertainment options, including an outdoor bar and a water feature. This proposal has been in the works for months. Tupps Brewery President Keith Lewis initially presented his plan at a May 28 MCDC meeting. It was approved by the board at a June 25 meeting and by McKinney City Council on July 7. The brewery is looking to move to the historic McKinney grain site

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News fromMcKinney, McKinney ISD and Collin County

Collin County Commissioners Court Meets Aug. 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 1:30 p.m. www.collincountytx.gov McKinney City Council Meets Aug. 11 and 25 at 6 p.m. www.mckinneytexas.org McKinney ISD MEETINGSWE COVER Also in runo results, Lulu Seikaly earned a 22-point win over Sean McCaty in a bid to challenge U.S. Rep. Van Taylor, R-Dallas, in the race for Texas’ Third Congressional District. Mary “MJ” Hegar also won over Royce West for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. She will face Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. John Cornyn on Nov. 3. In the Republican runos, George Flint defeated Sarah Fox by a 2-to-1 margin in the 401st District judge race. He will face Democrat Tonya J. Holt in the general election. HIGHLIGHTS MCKINNEY ISD McKinney ISD’s rst three weeks of the 2020-21 school year will be in an all-virtual learning environment, according to a July district announcement. The district decided on the all- virtual start due to the spread of the coronavirus and concerns for the safety and health of students and sta, per the announcement. The district plans to oer in- person classes starting Sept. 3. Community Impact Newspaper is tracking developments regarding the school calendar at www.communityimpact.com COLLINCOUNTY Lorenzo Sanchez will face o against incumbent state Rep. Je Leach, R-Plano, in the November general election after narrowly defeating Tom Adair in the Democratic primary runo election held July 14.

Advisoryboard to consider future of city’s Throckmorton statue

BY MIRANDA JAIMES

three times to discuss the statue and consider options, including moving it somewhere else or leaving it in place but with additional signage. City sta said at a July 7 meeting that the old Collin Courthouse is a state antiquities landmark and that a permit needs to be led with the Texas Historical Commission for them to review and approve potential changes to the Throckmorton statue on that property. In addition to addressing the Throckmorton statue, the advisory board could engage in discussions and give feedback to council regard- ing other historical and cultural items in the city, according to meeting documents. The advisory board will work to bring a recommendation back to council by Oct. 6.

MCKINNEY City Council will create a task force to review the fate of the statue of James W. Throckmorton, who served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. Council approved the creation of the advisory board to review and provide a recommendation regarding the future of the statue at its July 28 meeting. The purpose of the advi- sory board is to weigh the context, appropriateness and relevance of the Throckmorton statue on city-owned property and to provide thorough and balanced research to City Coun- cil, according to meeting documents. The task force will comprise 11 members appointed by City Council and will include members of other city boards and committees, sta said. The team will meet at least

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McKinney City Council discussed the Throckmorton statue in McKinney during July meetings. (Miranda Jaimes/ Community Impact Newspaper)

Council grants permit for warehouse to develop into new 18-lane shooting range

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of a shooting range. The Range in McKinney would include an estimated 18 shooting lanes with a distance of 25 yards. It would also have two classrooms with classes taught by National Rie Asso- ciation-certied instructors as well as a retail store, a lounge area and membership opportunities, according to meeting documents. In addition, The Range would be one of the rst private ranges in

MCKINNEY A request for a specic use permit to allow a rearms and ammunition store to operate in an indoor gun range called The Range was approved July 21 by McKinney City Council. The site for the range is an unoc- cupied warehouse, according to meeting documents. The applicant, Thom H. Beyer, said he intends to construct the interior to suit the use

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Educational attainment among residents age 25 and older EDUCATEDPOPULATIONS A lk at

LOCAL EDUCATION

Here is a look at the demographics for student enrollment and degrees/certicates awarded from some area public higher education institutions. White African American Hispanic Asian Other International CAMPUS CLOSEUP

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS 7,908 Degrees/certicates issued scal year 2018-19 29,543 Total enrolled in fall 2019

Degrees/certicates FISCAL YEAR 201819

FALL 2019

MCKINNEY

Student enrollment

21.7% 9.4% 31.0% 14.8% 15.2% 4.7% 3.2%

Less than 9th grade 9th-12th grade, no diploma High school graduate (includes equivalency) Some college, no degree Associate degree Bachelor’s degree Graduate or professional degree

20.46% 4.46% 11.53% 28.84% 4.87% 29.84%

27.87% 18.69% 5.36% 14.38% 28.15% 5.55%

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS 9,457 Degrees/certicates issued scal year 2018-19 39,192 Total enrolled in fall 2019

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PLANO

Degrees/certicates FISCAL YEAR 201819

FALL 2019

43.65% 14.62% Student enrollment

17.3% 6.7% 38.7% 24.7%

17.8% 6.3% 35.0% 27.7% 12.6% 3.7% 2.9%

50.89% 12.2%

4.97% 3.29% 22.3% 6.35%

6.76% 6.81% 3.25% 24.91%

9.2% 1.7% 1.7%

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Degrees/certicates FISCAL YEAR 201819

FALL 2019

Student enrollment

19.7% 7.5% 33.0% 18.7% 14.8% 3.4% 3.0%

21.8% 7.1% 19.1% 10.2% 25% 8.5% 8.3%

34,328 Total enrolled in fall 2019 4,088 Degrees/certicates issued scal year 2018-19

9.47% 4.38% 17.66% 50.73% 11.47% 6.29%

11.11% 1.76% 4.88% 21.77% 47.65% 12.83%

*PERCENT DOES NOT EQUAL 100% DUE TO ROUNDING. SOURCE: 2018 AMERICAN COMMUNITY SURVEY 5YEAR ESTIMATESCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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professor of K-12 science education at UNT, was researching perceptions of learning environments with middle school students this past spring semester. But the study fell apart when students were sent home for virtual learning once COVID-19 arrived. Long shifted, and his research now looks at students’ learning environ- ment before and after COVID-19. As part of the study, about 230 students from UNT’s education department were surveyed. “That falls back on the idea that students are the experts in their [own] learning,” he said. The survey analyzes ve dimen- sions of learning environments: stu- dent cohesiveness, teacher support, involvement, task orientation and equity. “[Students] preferred the way it was before the pandemic,” Long said. There are small, but signicant dierences in students’ perceptions of their learning environments pre- and post-pandemic, he said. The most notable drop was in student cohesiveness.

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Collin College and Collin Higher Education Center

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COLLIN COUNTY COMMUNI TY COLLEGE

Collin College, the only public community college in Collin County, provides services to students in Collin and Rockwall counties. It marked its 35th anniversary in July.

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The following chart shows the number of dual credit students enrolled at Collin College during fall 2019.

826

Allen ISD Frisco ISD McKinney ISD

1,437

STUDENT ENROLLMENT

+35 +1,080%

YEARS ENROLLMENT

781

5,000

1985

1,183

Plano ISD Wylie ISD

ABOUT 59,000

583

scal year 2018-19

• The University of Texas at Dallas • University of North Texas • Texas A&M University- College Station • Texas Woman’s University • Texas A&M University- Commerce TOP UNI VERS I T I ES COLL IN COLLEGE STUDENTS TRANSFER TO 15

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• The University of Texas at Austin • The University of Texas at Arlington • University of Arkansas- Fayetteville • University of Oklahoma • Texas State University • Texas Tech University • Oklahoma State University • Baylor University • Stephen F. Austin State University • Southern Methodist University

Collin College enrollment is keeping pace with the population of Collin County, while its tax rate has decreased over the years.

60K ENROLLMENT

1.2M POPULAT ION

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40K

800K

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20K

400K

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2019

2019

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