Phase 1: Establishing the Vision

Establishing McKinney's Vision


Phase 1 of the Initiative established a starting point for development of an overall revitalization plan for the Town Center. The Phase 1 process took place over a two-year period and involved the following major elements:
  • Observing and documenting existing conditions
  • Engaging stakeholders through a series of public design workshops
  • Creating a shared illustrative vision of preferred concepts and ideas
  • Identifying and clarifying the significant current obstacles to realizing the vision
  • Establishing a general framework for moving forward

Public Open House Kick-Off


The Town Center Study kicked off with an Open House on August 29, 2006. The public Open House was held at the McKinney Performing Arts Center and was attended by more than 200 people. The purpose of the kickoff was to allow stakeholders the opportunity to learn about the Town Center Study, the design workshop process and the existing conditions of the Town Center. The kickoff also set the stage for active public involvement by giving participants the opportunity to fill out an Image Preference Survey as well as identify priority topics that that they would like to see addressed during the Public Design Workshops. View additional information about the Open House Kick Off.

Workshop No. 1 - Downtown


The first Public Design Workshop was held from November 9-11, 2006 and had approximately 50 downtown stakeholders in attendance. The workshop focused on the downtown core and immediate surrounding areas. It began by involving the public in a series of visioning exercises to help formulate ideas for the future of downtown and its periphery. Based on these discussions and input, each consultant design team spent the following day creating preliminary concepts and illustrations to reflect the ideas that were generated. These preliminary illustrations were then presented to the public, followed by Q&A and public feedback. View additional information about Workshop No.1.

Workshop No. 2 - Transit Village


The second Public Design Workshop was held from March 22-24, 2007 and had approximately 60 people in attendance. The workshop focused on the area around the anticipated transit village just east of McDonald Street as well as the McDonald Street Corridor. Just like the first workshop, the second workshop began with a series of visioning exercises to help formulate ideas for the future of the McDonald Street study area. Following these discussions, the consultant design teams created preliminary illustrations to reflect the ideas that were generated. These preliminary illustrations were then presented to the public, followed by Q&A and public feedback. View additional information about Workshop No. 2.

Workshop No. 3 - Corridors


The third Public Design Workshop was held from June 28-30, 2007 and had almost 100 people in attendance, including residents, business owners and property owners. The workshop focused on three particular areas: the U.S. Highway 380 corridor, the McDonald Street corridor, and the Tennessee / Kentucky corridor. Similar to the first two workshops, the third Design Workshop began by having active discussions regarding the future of these corridors. The consultant design teams then took the input that was generated and began creating preliminary illustrations and ideas for the corridors. These preliminary illustrations were then presented to the public, followed by Q&A and public feedback. View additional information about Workshop No. 3.