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Developers bring ‘single-family’ rental community options to McKinney

RENTAL COMMUNITIES ON THE RISE City sta estimate an additional 500- 1,000 single-family rental units will arrive within the next few years.

BY MIRANDA JAIMES

in Avilla Northside at the northeast cor- ner of Community and White avenues, and Elevate at Skyline at US 380 and Skyline Drive. But more single-family rentals are on the way. In recent months, several proj- ects have received the necessary zoning from McKinney City Council to develop, CONTINUED ON 20

As federal interest rates continue to climb nationally, at least 10 projects spe- cializing in single-family homes for rent are being developed in McKinney. Sometimes called build-to-rent, or single-family rentals, houses built for the purpose of renting can already be found in McKinney, most prominently

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RESTORING THE RANCH

The North Texas Municipal Water District spent four years bringing Riverby Ranch to its native state. 17,000 700+ 70 acres restored species documented miles of streams restored

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Bobcats are one of the hundreds of species that returned to Riverby Ranch as a result of scientists working to restore the site to its original state.

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Largest-of-its-kind restoration project comes with new regional water source

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When it comes online in spring 2023, Bois d’Arc Lake will create a new water supply source for the district and its 13 member cities, which include Frisco, McKinney, Plano, Richardson and parts of northeast Dallas County. Late last year the water district estimated the city of McKinney would use almost 12 billion gallons of water this year, an increase of almost 14% over ve years.

Although Collin County and its rapidly growing cities are the primary benecia- ries, the $1.6 billion reservoir is located northeast of the DFW Metroplex in Fan- nin County. NTMWD ocials said the reservoir is necessary to keep up with growing water demand. The district estimates the popu- lation in its service area will double over CONTINUED ON 26

The North Texas Municipal Water District is wrapping up work on the rst new major reservoir in Texas in nearly 30 years. As a result of the construction of the 16,641-acre Bois d’Arc Lake, the water district started a concurrent project to create a new forest of 6.3 million trees in the area to help oset the loss of local natural habitat.

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proteins. www.tabushabu.com 5 A Montessori school at Painted Tree will break ground in August on a 2-acre site at the northeast corner of Hardin Boulevard and Taylor Burk Drive in McKinney. Enrollment for the yet-to- be-named school will begin in January, and the school is projected to open in summer 2023, according to a McKinney news release. The Montessori school will provide education to around 200 students ages 6 weeks-6 years old and will provide employment opportunities for around 25 teachers and sta. The school will follow “a curriculum that balances academic, creative and outdoor activities,” according to the news release. The Montessori method of education is a system of education that aims to develop natural interests in children as opposed to using formal teaching methods. 6 Glaze Ceramic Studio will open at the end of July at 610 Elm St., Ste. 1450, McKinney, at the old cotton mill. The stu- dio will oer beginner, intermediate and advanced courses in hand-building and wheel-throwing pottery creations. Glaze Ceramic Studio will oer private studios and memberships for practicing ceramic artists. Guest artists will also come into the studio to demonstrate and lecture about their work. Annual pottery sales will be held, during which Glaze members and students can participate. 469-545-6911. www.glazeceramicstudio.com RELOCATIONS 7 Bay Willow Design moved to a new space in mid-June at 610 Elm St., Ste 1330, McKinney. This location is in the Historic Cotton Mill in McKinney. The

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yard; a patio area and a walking path. Additionally, the community oers home- cooked meals; security cameras; in-house laundry and housekeeping services; 24-7 trained sta; and customized social and recreational programs for residents. 281-208-5876. https://villagegreen alzheimerscare.com/mckinney 3 Popshelf opened one of its rst Texas stores April 23 at 2821 Craig Drive in McKinney, in the former Pier1 location. Popshelf aims to provide an aordable and stress-free shopping experience, of- fering seasonal items, home decor, health and beauty products, cleaning supplies, party goods and more, according to a news release. About 95% of items in the store are priced at $5 or less. Popshelf plans to open 100 additional stores this scal year. 945-224-0045. www.popshelf.com COMING SOON 4 The California-based Tabu Shabu franchise is opening this summer at 1620 N. Hardin Blvd., Ste. 1000, McKinney. Lit- erally meaning “swish-swish,” shabu-sha- bu features items, such as prime Angus ribeye, wagyu, jidori chicken, seafood and vegetables that are swirled and cooked in boiling broth and eaten with a dipping sauce. Guests at Tabu Shabu will dine at a U-shaped bar where everyone cooks in their own hot pot while sta provides assistance throughout the meal, franchise co-owner Mark Silber said. Tabu Shabu makes its sauces in-house with freshly ground sesame seeds and locally sourced produce. For the hot pot experience, guests are guided through four steps, from choosing their broth to picking their E . V I R G INI A ST . LOGANST. E . L O U I S I A N A S T . 5 5

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NOW OPEN 1 The Salvation Army of North Texas opened nine cooling stations in June, in- cluding one at the McKinney Corps, located at 600 Wilson Creek Parkway. This station will be open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m and will oer hydration, food and shade to those at risk of experiencing heat stroke and other heat-related conditions, according to a news release. The cooling station will be open any time the heat index reaches 100 degrees or more. Information about other cooling station locations can

be found online. 972-542-6694. www.salvationarmyntx.org/ north-texas/mckinney 2 Village Green Alzheimer’s Care Home opened June 29 at 3149 Medical Center Drive, McKinney. The community, which serves seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia or other memory impairments, was originally set to open in February, but the opening was delayed, Community Relations Director Megan Hester said. Amenities include open common areas; family-style dining with care partners and team members; private suites; a court-

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custom hat studio was previously at the same address in Suite 110. Bay Willow Design makes hats and headpieces for ev- ery season and occasion. 469-617-3733. www.baywillowdesign.com ANNIVERSARIES 8 On June 26, the McKinney Senior Center at 1400 S. College St. in McKinney celebrated its 20th anniversary with a ceremony and concert followed by an evening of casino games. The center reopened in May 2021 following renova- tions to the facility that included a new, reorganized oor plan. The center now has a billiards room, a larger tness space and upgraded restrooms, showers and

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10 Australian artist Guido Van Helton has begun work on the mural that will be painted on the old silos and grain elevator in McKinney at 406 E. Virginia St. Van Helten has a series of photoreal- istic paintings on silos across the country that has gained global recognition, according to a city news release. The McKinney mural will be one of the largest works in North Texas and will serve as the backdrop for the city’s new Munici- pal Community Complex. Van Helten is expected to continue work on the mural over the summer. www.mckinneytexas.org/silos

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NOW OPEN 1 Orlando-based Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming , a pet retail and grooming shop, held a grand opening event June 25 at 6710 Virginia Parkway, Ste. 220, McKinney. This location is the shop’s 30th in Texas. Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming offers a selection of all-natural and healthy pet foods, gourmet baked treats, specialty birthday cakes, toys, accessories, pet supplies and professional 2 Locomotion E-Bikes opened June 11 at 5160 Collin McKinney Parkway, Ste. 500, McKinney. The store sells and services electric bikes. Owner Dave Belanger said Locomotion E-Bikes carries the following brands: Aventon, Magnum Bikes, Wicked Thumb, Serial1 (Harley Davidson), Tern and Triobike. 214-856-4035. www.locomotionebikes.com 3 Peachwave opened in May at 1411 N. Custer Road, Ste. 700, McKinney at the Shops at Eagle Point. The self- serve frozen yogurt shop offers sweet treats, such as frozen yogurts and gelato, made fresh daily. A selection of more than 100 recipes includes sweet, pet grooming. 214-592-0614. www.woofgangmckinney.com tart and reduced sugar with stevia. Vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options are available. 972-346-7023. www.peachwaveyogurt.com

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“By consolidating all our pre-K students into one school, we would be able to provide an extraordinary opportunity to create an awesome learning environment for our littlest learners,” Bradley said. Construction is slated for an Aug. 1, 2023 completion date. “The Early Childhood School is going to be an engaging, innovative environment,” Superintendent of Schools Holly Ferguson said.

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at 7850 Collin McKinney Parkway, Ste. 101, McKinney. 888-540-0505. www.missionadvancement.com CLOSINGS 7 Whole Woman’s Health canceled appointments and ceased operations July 2 at its McKinney location, according to a spokesperson. Whole Woman’s Health is a privately-owned health care organization providing reproductive and gynecology services, including abortion care. The McKinney clinic was located at 8751 Collin McKinney Parkway. In a post on the organization’s Facebook page July 7, Whole Woman’s Health announced plans to move operations to New Mexico. www.wholewomanshealth.com

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Dallas-based Big Little Town. Food will be available from ChopShop McKinney Sports Garage, The Elwood BFD and Wine A Little McKinney. 8 p.m. Free (admission). Hub 121, 7570 SH 121 S., McKinney. www.hub121.com 30 BIKE WITH THE BLUE IN MCKINNEY Enjoy summer with a bike ride with the McKinney Police Department. The family event will include a 2-mile family fun ride for younger or less experienced riders at 8:30 a.m. and a 15K adult ride for more experienced riders at 9:30 a.m. Free. Bonnie Wenk Park, 2996 Virginia Parkway, McKinney. www.mckinneytexas.org/bikeride AUGUST 01 THROUGH 06 EXPERIENCE A TEXAS CELLO SCHOOL CONCERT Texas Cellos will host the Texas Cello School, welcoming cellists from around the world to develop their skills. The program for cellists of all levels will take place at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. On the last day, 30 cellists from the Texas Cello School will perform a concert featuring the music of Radiohead, Metallica and movie themes. The concert will include food trucks, beer

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CODE FEEDBACK Resident feedback is sought to update its development regulations in the One McKinney 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The regulations govern zoning, subdivisions, landscaping, signage and other ordinances aecting McKinney land development. Feedback is accepted through an online survey through Aug. 15 at www.newcodemckinney.com 29 30, AUG. 56, AUG. 1213 SEE A MCKINNEY REPERTORY THEATRE PRESENTATION “Much Ado Out West” will be performed by the McKinney Repertory Theatre. Directed by Lindsey Humphries, the Western romp is inspired by Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “Much Ado About Nothing.” 8 p.m. (Fridays), 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. (Saturdays) $22 (adults), $19 (age 55-plus), $17 (students/children). McKinney Performing Arts Center, 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney. 469-389-1369. www.mckinneyrep.org 29 ATTEND A FREE BIG LITTLE TOWN CONCERT Experience a tribute to the music of Little Big Town with a free concert by

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Six elite drum corps march to McKinney for public performances originally scheduled for 2020 and 2021. The drum corps visiting McKinney include the Blue Stars from La Crosse, Wisconsin; the Carolina Crown from Fort Mill, South Carolina; the Colts from Dubuque, Iowa; Genesis from Austin, Texas; Phantom Regiment from Rockford, Illinois; and the Santa Clara Vanguard from Santa Clara, California. 8 p.m. Individual tickets begin at $30; group tickets start at $25. McKinney ISD Stadium, 4201 Hardin Blvd., McKinney. 317-275-1212. www.dci.org/events/2022-dci-mckinney (Courtesy Visit McKinney)

as it hosts a breakfast to welcome new faculty and sta in McKinney ISD. Superintendent Rick McDaniel will provide updates for the upcoming school year as well as recognize the principals and teachers of the year. Those interested in providing goody bags for the event can sign up online by July 29. 7:30-10:30 a.m. Registration is free. McKinney High School, 1400 Wilson Creek Parkway, McKinney. 972-542-0163. www.mckinneychamber.com/events

and wine. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (cello school), 8 p.m. (concert on Aug. 6). Tuition from $1,050; $30 (concert). 111 N. Tennessee St., McKinney (cello program), Music@ Mill Festival at the Mill at East McKinney, 407 E. Louisiana St., McKinney. www. texascelloschool.org/program 03 WELCOME NEW MCKINNEY ISD TEACHERS The McKinney Chamber of Commerce is inviting members to join the chamber

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TRANSPORTATION UPDATES Design concepts for gateway entrance signage considered

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SIGN SPOTS The following locations have been proposed for gateway signs.

ONGOING PROJECT

Key

Proposed sign locations

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W. VIRGINIA ST.

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McKinney City Council is moving forward with its waynding master plan with updated designs. At the June 21 City Council work session, Project Manager Pamela Alummoottil presented council with updated sign designs and introduced gateway designs, cost estimates and preliminary sign locations. Kimley-Horn and Corbin Design came back with revised designs that incorporated the feedback council members gave them on their original designs during a Sept. 21, 2021 work session. New additions include a variety in colors, district headers and insert panels featuring dierent plants found around McKinney. Cost estimates were also presented to the council with a preliminary esti- mate of $2.6 million for 123 waynding signs. The council showed support for the updated waynding designs.

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ELDORADO PKWY.

ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF 71122. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT MCKNEWSCOMMUNITYIMPACT.COM. from stakeholders, the study will develop short-term and long-term improvement plans. The nal report is being completed, and the ndings will be presented to the McKinney City Council by the end of September. Timeline: September 2021-September 2022 Cost: TBD Funding source: city of McKinney Downtown lighting study The city is conducting an analysis of the existing lighting levels in downtown McKinney. The goal is to identify areas of improvement while improving pedestrian safety at night, ocials said. Using data and input

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Gateway signage designs were introduced by Kimley-Horn’s Land- scape Architect Paul Freeland for the rst time to council members during the meeting as well. Freeland suggested the city focus on three gateways for $2.5 million and then an additional four gateways after the rst three are completed. The priority gateways are at US 75 and Telephone Road; SH 121 and US 75; and

SH 121 and Custer Road. Council members said the $2.6 million was costly for the three signs. Mayor George Fuller suggested fundraising as a solution and said he is not approving the estimated cost during the session but is approving the furthering of designs. “[We can] fundraise and campaign ... to create this monument signage and sense of place,” Fuller said.

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HISTORY McKinney resident set to transform city’s east side convenience store

BY MIRANDA JAIMES

sell and do drugs. Some of the store’s only food items had expired or were full of preservatives. Commonly known as Rodriguez, the building has been around since 1952, Hernandez said. It was the place where people came to see and be seen. “This is one of the last neighborhood stores in McKinney,” he said. “This has always been considered the heart of the east side. It just needs a bypass.” People who live on the east side have a hard time accessing fresh fruits and vegetables, he said. This store will ll that gap when it reopens this fall. Going forward, Rodriguez will be known as La Tiendita. Hernandez’s plans not only include upgrading the store’s interior and cleaning out the shelves, but also transforming the landscape of the store. He wants to have a gravel driveway, a white picket fence, gazebos and features that will make the store an attractive place and somewhere the students at Webb Elementary School across the street can feel comfortable walking to. “This is going to be a safe place ... if they want to come here,” he said. To that end, Leo Yruegas with North Texas Palms & Pottery in McKinney is donating his eorts to help make the landscaping at the store attractive. “This project ... hits home as a parent of a son who lost his life to drug abuse,” Yruegas said. “Having a plat- form to ... create a better environment for others to succeed is a blessing.” Those interested in partnering with Hernandez can email him at jason@ atlastmckinney.org or donate directly to the store’s Go Fund Me.

Construction has begun on a project that will transform a historic conve- nience store on McKinney’s east side into a place with healthy food options. In June 1992, McKinney resident Jason Hernandez stood in front of the store at the southeast corner of Greenville and Murray streets, and sold his rst dime bag of marijuana. In 1998 he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for distributing drugs and served 18 years in prison before President Barack Obama granted his request for clemency. Now a free man, Hernandez is back on the same street corner as the owner of the convenience store, eective this spring. And he has big plans for it. He wants to rename the store to La Tiendita and have it supply the neigh- borhood with fruits and vegetables instead of drugs. “I just want to do some good in the ‘hood,” he said. Hernandez is leasing the store with a grant from the Marguerite Casey Foundation, which funds local eorts to help their communities. “We are trying to buy the lot once we get more money, so if people just want to help out, whether it’s volunteering, donating, little things that need replaced ... this is something that is going to be very impactful and special for this community,” he said. He is also looking for partnerships, particularly with a grocery store, that can help supply him with what he needs to help the store operate. Before the store closed in June, items were sold that could be used to

The historic store, commonly known as Rodriguez, will be transformed into a grocery store where fresh food will be available.

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Jason Hernandez is the new owner of the Rodriguez convenience store. COURTESY 7 TWENTYNINE PHOTOGRAPHY

The shelves of the store will be cleared as it becomes a grocery store.

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News from McKinney & McKinney ISD

HIGHLIGHT MCKINNEY ISD The district’s long-term transportation provider, Durham School Services, will continue to provide services to MISD following action from the board of trustees June 28. Durham School Services provides buses for MISD and manages the district’s regular routes as well as special education routes to transport more than 10,000 students. MISD is in the process of purchasing its own fleet of buses, and district staff said Durham has done an “amazing job” working with MISD through this transition. McKinney City Council Meets at 6 p.m. July 19 and Aug. 2 at McKinney City Hall, 222 N. Tennessee St., McKinney www.mckinneytexas.org Collin County Commissioners Court Meets at 1:30 p.m. July 18, 25; Aug. 1, 8, 15 at the Jack Hatchell Administration Building, 2300 Bloomdale Road, McKinney www.collincountytx.gov McKinney ISD board of trustees Meets at 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at MISD Stadium, 4201 S. Hardin Blvd., McKinney | www.mckinneyisd.net MEETINGS WE COVER

Tax exemption increased

HOMESTEAD EXEMPTIONS IN MCKINNEY As home values increase, the city has worked to also increase its homestead exemptions at the same rate.

BY GRANT JOHNSON

Average home value

Age 65+ or disabled homestead exemption

MCKINNEY City Council agreed to increase the residential homestead exemption from $65,000 to $80,000 for residents age 65 and older as well as disabled individuals during a June 21 council meeting. According to a presentation by Chief Financial Officer Mark Holloway, for every $5,000 increase in the homestead exemption, eligible homeowners will pay $25 less in taxes at the fiscal year 2021-22 tax rate, and noneligible homeowners will pay $2.80 more in taxes given the fiscal year 2021-22 tax rate. The city’s tax rate is $0.497655 per $100 valuation. The exemption will go into effect on Oct. 1 for fiscal year 2022-23. The last homestead exemption increase occurred in 2018 from $60,000 to $65,000 for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

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Officials break ground on new elementary school

Heritage Farm, land that has been in the Frazier family for over 150 years. Ruth and Harold Frazier were both McKinney ISD educators and committed to investing in young people in the community of McKinney throughout their lives. The school is slated for completion in June 2023.

BY SARA RODIA

MCKINNEY ISD Officials broke ground on Ruth and Harold Frazier Elementary School on June 22, according to a news release. The project for the district’s newest ele- mentary school in Trinity Falls is funded by the 2021 bond program for about $35 million. The school is being built on part of

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REAL ESTATE DATA 2021-22 McKinney

Data on the real estate market in McKinney

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real estate market at a glance This year, fewer homes in McKinney ZIP codes are being listed for sale, but the ones that are sold are increasing in price. The 75071 ZIP code has one of the higher average home sales prices and the highest number of homes sold.

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$310,500

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$369,015

$358,118

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+26.45%

$452,850

$390,000

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$503,000

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MCKINNEY EDITION • JULY 2022

ENERGY Solar, generator permits on the rise in McKinney after 2021 winter storm

BY GRANT JOHNSON

generators after the 2021 snowstorm,” McKinney’s Chief Building Ocial Suzanne Arnold said. “However, the wave in permits was not immediate. The sudden upswing in demand made generators hard to come by.” Arnold also noted that generator installation can be a complex task because it involves both electric and gas installation. The installation often requires the gas services to be upsized to serve the increased demand. While demand for generators was sudden, the increase in permits for solar panels has been a gradual climb. Last year saw more than 12 times the number of permits for solar panels led in 2016. “Long story short, people are choos- ing to stay in their homes longer, and while doing so they’re also investing in improvements,” McKinney’s Devel- opment Services Director Michael Quint said in the city’s 2022 annual development report.

McKinney residents are turning to alternative energy sources to power their residential properties after the February 2021 winter storm. To install a generator or solar panel on a residence, a permit has to be led with the city. Permits for generators and solar panels have signicantly increased between 2020 and 2021, according to city data. City data shows the number of permits led for generators have increased nearly tenfold between 2020 and 2021 directly following the storm that left 246 dead, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. Between January and June of this year, the city of McKinney issued 84 generator permits, putting them on track to issue a record-breaking num- ber of permits if the trend continues for the second half of the year. “We did see a spike in demand for

Permits for solar panels have been steadily on the rise since 2020.

PERMIT TRENDS FOR ALTERNATE POWER SOURCES Generator and solar permits are on the rise in McKinney after the 2021 winter storm.

Solar panels

Generators

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Increase from 201921:

Solar panels: +445.28%

Generators: +757.14%

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