Workshop No. 2
From Thursday, March 22nd to Saturday, March 24th, the Planning Department hosted the second interactive public design workshop for the Town Center Study at the McKinney Performing Arts Center. The workshop drew approximately 60 participants and included a mix of residents, business owners and property owners. The workshop focused on the area around the anticipated transit village just east of McDonald Street as well as the segment of the McDonald Street Corridor adjacent to downtown.
Just like the first workshop, the second workshop began with an informative and inspiring presentation from the lead consultant. Then, the participants were broken out into four groups, with each group being facilitated by a different consultant team. Over the course of the evening, each facilitator led a group through a series of brainstorming / visioning exercises and a discussion of ideas about how they would like the focus area to look and feel in 10 to 20 years.
On Friday, each consultant design team assembled in a “Design Studio” that was setup in Council Chambers. Each design team compiled and reviewed the input gathered during the previous evening. Then, each design team designed and created preliminary drawings and illustrations that reflected the ideas and concepts generated by that input. For a short time on Friday afternoon, the Design Studio was opened to the public, and participants were invited to wander through Council Chambers to explore the design process, look at what the consultants were doing, and engage the consultants in discussion.
On Saturday morning, the participants returned to the Council Chambers to meet briefly with their group for a recap of the ideas and concepts generated on Thursday and to see the preliminary illustrations produced by the design team during the Design Studio. Then, each group presented its illustrations and explained the associated ideas and concepts to all of the participants at the workshop. During the group presentations, the lead consultant facilitated some Q&A while also helping to identify key concepts and themes on which to build consensus for a vision and a framework for a preferred option.
Following the second workshop, the lead consultant team, under the guidance of City Planning Staff, developed an illustrative plan (part 1, part 2) to visually represent the preferred concepts as well as a written narrative to summarize the main ideas. City Planning Staff provided a briefing of the second workshop (and the preferred concepts) to a joint work session of City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission on August 27, 2007.
In the weeks following the second public design workshop, the Town Center Study received local media attention which included an article published in the McKinney Courier-Gazette.
Additional information about Workshop No. 2 :
- Urban Design, Transit Village
- Regional Mobility Initiatives
- Transit Oriented Development – FAQ
- Myth and Fact: Higher Density Development, Urban Land Institute
- Article: “Three Cheers for Gentrification”, by Andres Duany
- Article: “Gentrification & the Economic Integration of Neighborhoods,” by Donovan D. Rypkema