Plano preservation: Collinwood house on the move


Ask CollinCountyDFW: What’s being built at Frisco Station? #friscotx #$5BillionMile

What’s being built at Frisco Station?

Short Answer: Office buildings, hotels and apartment

The first office building is seven stories high on Dallas North Tollway in Frisco

Hotels: Two are going in at Frisco Station, with 650 hotel rooms planned. Look for Marriott’s Residence Inn and AC Hotel.

Apartment units: 301 units at first, with 2,400 planned

Tall Answer: Frisco Station will see a big building going up. An apartment building will become part of the Frisco skyline …

Skyhouse Frisco Station: 322 units in a 25-story residential building by Novato Group with Batson-Cook Development. Expected opening: 2019 with choices from three-bedrooms, two BDR, one BDR and studio plus some bigger premium units at the top.

How much in square feet? Frisco Station plans for 300,000 square feet of retail space and 5.5 million in office space square feet

Location: Near The Star to the north of where the Dallas Cowboys facilities are in Frisco TX. And don’t forget there was already a 17-story residential building going up from Blue Star Land and Columbus Realty. Plus the Omni Frisco is already at The Star

Key words to know: Instant mass density and mixed use real estate

Message being heard across the country? Want in? Get to Texas as fast as you can …

Things to do: Book your group for a tour of The Star. Look on for directions and tour reservations.


Vote today for McKinney Main Street and MPAC in national competition; Historic Good Times in Downtown McKinney

Vote to secure grant funding to help maintain McKinney Performing Arts Center
McKinney’s Main Street program has been named a participant of the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign.

Share on your social media today. Thank you!

The public is encouraged to vote daily at to help Main Street McKinney secure $150,000 in grant funding to “Polish Our Gem” and help maintain the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC).

MPAC is the only building nominated in Texas and the only courtroom-turned-theater in the running, making this a truly unique opportunity for McKinney.

The online voting portal, hosted by National Geographic Travel, is open through Oct. 31. You may vote up to five times each day.

Historic Good Times in Downtown McKinney
Main Street McKinney will host an open house event for the public on Oct. 6-7 called Historic Good Times in Downtown McKinney. Weekend activities include:

Friday, Oct. 6: A free concert with Maylee and the Mayor along with special guest Jon Christopher Davis. Maylee Thomas and Mayor George Fuller will rock the Courtroom Theater with lots of fun giveaways. Reservations requested.

Saturday, Oct. 7: Head downtown for the block party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and enjoy free entertainment, food and activities. There will be no street closures—all activities will occur on the MPAC lawn.

At 8 p.m., laugh along with Broadway’s Next Hit Musical, an all-improvised comedy show where every song is fresh, every scene is new and every night is different. Tickets are $15-25.

🙂 Encourage your best friends by challenging them to a friendly contest with you to see which of you can vote the most in the next five days! Your votes this week could make a difference in supporting McKinney’s hometown way of life – Brian Bearden

VOTE NOW at to help Main Street McKinney secure $150,000 in grant funding to “Polish Our Gem” and help maintain the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC).



McKinney Oktoberfest under way Sept. 22-24



4-11 p.m. – Marktplatz, Kinder Korner, and Carnival
6:30-8 p.m. – Chett Warzusen and Greg Klugiewicz – Strolling Accordion Musicians
8:30 p.m. – Texas’ Largest Chicken Dance!
The Bavarian Experience Stage 4 p.m. – The Ticket Live Radio Remote
7 p.m. – Meet the Brewmaster – Franconia Brewery
8:30–10:45 p.m. – Live Music


(Goodwill Games)
6-8 p.m. – Bier Stein Races
8-10 p.m. – Giant Bier Pong

5 p.m. – Alpine Village Band
6:30 p.m. – Alpine Village Band
7:30 p.m. – Texanischer Schuhplattler Verein
8 p.m. – Alpine Village Band
9 p.m. – STV Almrausch
9:30 p.m. – Alpine Village Band


5 p.m. – The Royal Klobasneks
6 p.m. – Opening Ceremony, Parade and Keg Tapping – Prost!
6:30 p.m. – The Royal Klobasneks
7:30 p.m. – STV Almrausch
8 p.m. – Brave Combo
9:30 p.m. – Brave Combo


10 a.m. -11 p.m. – Marktplatz, Kinder Korner and Carnival
2-7:30 p.m. – Chett Warzusen and Greg Klugiewicz – strolling accordion musicians
8:30 p.m. – Texas’ Largest Chicken Dance!

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – German arts & crafts! Lebkuchenherzen (Gingerbread Hearts)
2:30 p.m. – Live Music by The Guitar Sanctuary
4 p.m. – Meet the Brewmaster – Tupps Brewery
5:30 p.m. – Registration open for the Hofbrau Stein Holding Competition
5:45 p.m. – Polka dance lessons
6:30 p.m. – Hofbrau Stein Holding Competition
7:30 – 10:45 p.m. – The David Casper Band

(Goodwill Games)
11 a.m. – Weenie Dog Race Registration Opens
12-5 p.m. – Weenie Dog Races
6-10 p.m. – Giant Bier Pong

11:30 a.m. – The Royal Klobasneks
12:30 p.m. – Texanischer Schuhplattler Verein
1 p.m. – The Royal Klobasneks
2 p.m. – STV Almrausch
2:30 p.m. – The Royal Klobasneks
3:30 p.m. – Alpine Dancers (Children)
4 p.m. – Alpine Dancers (Adult)
4:30 p.m. – Alpine Village Band
6 p.m. – Alpine Village Band
7:30 p.m. – Alpenmusikanten
9 p.m. – Alpenmusikanten

11 a.m. – Oktoberfest Cheers Ceremony
11:30 a.m. – Czech and Then Some
12:30 – STV Almrausch
1 p.m. – Czech and Then Some
2 p.m. – Alpine Dancers (Children)
2:30 p.m. – Alpine Dancers (Adult)
3 p.m. – Czech and Then Some
4:30 p.m. – Czech and Then Some
6 p.m. – Texanischer Schuhplattler Verein
6:30 p.m. – Czech and Then Some
8 p.m. – Brave Combo
9:30 p.m. – Brave Combo





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Matt Shaheen: ‘Back the Blue’


Texas State Rep. Matt Shaheen of Plano: “‪Today we stand with law enforcement one year after the terrible attacks on police in Dallas. Respect for those who serve and protect us must be restored!” shares your local news, covering Allen, Frisco, McKinney and Plano plus the surrounding area.



Collinwood House up for discussion Wednesday at special called session of Plano City Council


The Plano City Council has the Collinwood House up for discussion at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in a special called session in the Plano Municipal Building at 1520 K Ave.

Proposition 6 in the Plano May 6 election regarding the Collinwood House received 13,098 votes against and 12,502 for the issuance of $3,500,000 in general obligation bonds for Collinwood House and historic preservation structures and the levy of a tax in payment.

Discover more about the Collinwood House on

Quick facts on the historic Collinwood House in Plano TX

Where is the Collinwood House in Plano? The house is situated off 5400 Windhaven Parkway on the west side of Plano between Spring Creek Parkway and Willow Bend Drive next to White Rock Creek.

When was the Collinwood House built and who built it? The Collinwood House is thought to be the oldest house in Plano.  The house was built in the 1860s by brothers J.K. and C.M. Fox

Is Collinwood House on the National Register? No, and preservationists say removal of the house from its original site would rob the house of its integrity, and almost certainly result in a loss of potential National Register status and its qualification for tax credits, according to

Preservation forces say the restoration of the Collinwood House on its original site within a public park can serve to educate future generations of Plano about the community’s 19th century origins.  Programs related to architecture, sustainability, history and agriculture would complement a plan for community events.  A public-private partnership, modeled on other similar partnerships in Texas, can bring needed charitable contributions to make the project a success.

The Plano city council will also be discussing the election runoff on June 10 and …

  • Changing the June 26 meeting date
  • Appointing the Mayor Pro Tem and Deputy Mayor Pro Tem
  • Canvassing the May 6 election results
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