McKinney Metropolis Council heard a presentation Dec. 21 that included group suggestions on the potential renaming of Throckmorton Road and Throckmorton Place. (Picture courtesy metropolis of McKinney)
In July 2020, the Throckmorton Statue Advisory board was assembled to look at the potential elimination of the Throckmorton statue. The statue is situated downtown in entrance of the McKinney Performing Arts Heart. James Throckmorton served within the Accomplice Military through the Civil Battle and can be a former Texas governor. Final summer time, metropolis workers started conducting analysis associated to the historic context, appropriateness and relevance of the statue in McKinney’s downtown after a lot of residents requested for the statue’s elimination.
Whereas the statue stays in place following an October presentation of the board’s findings, the renaming of Throckmorton Road and Throckmorton Place was recognized by the board as an merchandise for additional dialogue and has been requested throughout Metropolis Council conferences by residents.
Employees noted in June that road renaming will be helpful, however is prolonged and does current challenges to affected events, akin to property homeowners, companies and residents. For that reason, workers started outreach to collect enter on the potential renaming of Throckmorton Road and Throckmorton Place from the residents and property homeowners of these two streets.
Within the workers presentation to council, it was proven that there are 36 residential properties and 27 business and multifamily properties alongside these two streets. Employees identified that a number of of the properties on this space are owned by the identical particular person. The town recognized 95 stakeholders, who the presentation described as “companies, establishments, property homeowners and any potential tenants.”
Following the input-gathering interval, workers mentioned they’d a 44% response price from all these stakeholders. In different phrases, 42 of the 95 stakeholders responded. Assistant Metropolis Supervisor Kim Flom mentioned so far as engagement efforts go, 44% is “sturdy” for a research of this type. However the “knowledge was inconclusive and didn’t current a compelling case for one choice over one other,” the presentation said.
Out of all of the stakeholders on these two streets, 34% have been in assist of fixing the names, 10% have been opposed and no response was given from the opposite 56%.
Breaking the info down additional, workers informed council that usually owners opposed a reputation change, whereas property homeowners who don’t reside on Throckmorton Road or Throckmorton Place usually assist a reputation change.
Tenants of the 2 streets didn’t reply in any respect to the engagement efforts, workers mentioned.
“To me, what this actually reveals is that it is a nonissue for the individuals on Throckmorton,” Council Member Rainey Rogers mentioned.
Council Member Frederick Frazier agreed with him, however Council Member Justin Beller mentioned that individuals who didn’t reply shouldn’t be counted as a “no” vote.
“You are a chance town has with transferring Metropolis Corridor to the east facet and form of permitting the east facet to recollect what’s so particular about it,” Beller mentioned. “What’s extra particular than the highway that goes down the center of it? And I believe it is a chance to create an id in that.”
He mentioned he thought town ought to proceed engagement efforts and attempt to hear from extra members of the group as nicely.
Flom mentioned that town has a chance to hunt extra responses from members of the group on the neighborhood meeting being held Jan. 20. Metropolis workers might reopen the stakeholder surveys and attempt to join with further tenants, property homeowners and owners on Throckmorton they usually can file their responses in that survey particularly for them, she mentioned. Nevertheless, metropolis workers also can get enter from anybody on the Jan. 20 assembly who might have an curiosity within the subject.
“We’ll separate these two knowledge swimming pools and convey that again to you,” Flom mentioned to council.
Council was open to gathering extra suggestions. Mayor George Fuller famous, nevertheless, that folks shouldn’t anonymously give enter on the assembly.
“We have to know, ‘Are you a member of the group?’” Fuller mentioned.
The suggestions gathered will probably be introduced to the council at a later date.