VOTERS DENY NEW PARKING GARAGE IN MCKINNEY

Voters in McKinney denied a proposition that would have funded a new parking garage in the downtown area and to fund improvements to the airport. Five other propositions passed in the bond election, however. City official say that the non-passage of the parking garage bond bill likely means there will not be an relief for downtown parking for some time.

Most Controversial Proposition

Proposition 5, which would have allowed the city to use approximately $10 million of the $160.3 million bond bill to build a multi-level parking garage at the west entrance to the square. Nearly 66 percent of those who voted were against the parking garage. Proposition 2, which also failed in the special election, called for $50 million in land acquisition to improve McKinney National Airport. The city took over the airport in 2013, informing citizens that it would be an economic driver for the area. However, the expansion also met some controversy as many residents claimed that the airport only served the wealthy and elite rather than the majority of McKinney residents. The proposition failed with 52 percent of voters casting ballots against the expansion.

Passed Propositions

Voters passed by nearly 71 percent revocation of $13.4 million in previously approved bonds that would have been used for projects related to parks and recreation. Instead of city funding, projects will be funded by the McKinney Community Development Corporation using $5.5 million in cash over the next ten years. Proposition 4 passed by a very narrow margin with 54 percent of the vote providing $1.2 million to make city facilities Americans with Disability Act (ADA) compliant. In addition, $9.5 million will be used to expand the John and Judy Gay Library while $1 million will improve the public works fleet maintenance facility.

Parking Placed on Hold

The denial of Proposition 5, however, was one of the most controversial of the bond bill. City Council voted in May to approve a five-level structure with one level below ground that would replace an existing lot off Church Street, between Louisiana and Virginia Streets. Prior to the election, it was clear that residents opposed the measure with a simple drive down those streets. Red “Vote No” signs lined the streets and a Save Our Square page on Facebook saw input from those on both sides of the argument. Many called the garage the “Church Street Monster,” claiming it would detract from the historical look of downtown. However, businesses in the downtown area claim that more parking is needed in the area. Some downtown merchants, however, say that, although downtown needs more parking, the location chosen by the city was not the right location.

City officials say that the garage was an attempt to aggressively deal with the parking issue downtown so that it would be resolved for at least the next 15 years. With the failure of the proposition, however, it may be several years before the city is able to address the downtown parking issue. AAA Air is a proud member of the McKinney community. If you are considering replacement of your HVAC system, contact us today to see how we can help. We can provide an overview of your system and recommend steps that will keep your system operating smoothly both in the winter and the summer. Give us a call or visit us online to learn how we can keep your HVAC system running efficiently.

Source:
McKinney Courier Gazette