McKinney’s Main Street program won $150,000 in grant funding from the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign to “Polish Our Gem” and help maintain the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC). MPAC was the only building nominated in Texas and the only courtroom-turned-theater in the running, making this a truly unique opportunity for McKinney. Residents were encouraged to vote daily during a month-long online voting campaign.
Partners in Preservation is a community-based partnership created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express to raise awareness of the importance of preserving historic places. McKinney was one of 25 participating Main Street programs, districts and communities competing for a grant. More than 920,000 votes were tallied across the nation and the top 10 cities with the most votes were awarded grants.
“Because of the efforts by our community and business partners, we were able to win these funds for improvements to the exterior of the McKinney Performing Arts Center. This was an extremely competitive challenge and every vote mattered. We are so grateful to our community for the commitment and devotion to vote daily,” said Amy Rosenthal, Director of McKinney Main Street. “We look forward to putting the funds to good use and preserving our gem by cleaning the exterior limestone, painting trim and repointing the historic brick.”
For more information on McKinney Main Street, visit the Main Street website.
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest growing cities in America, McKinney has a current population of more than 168,000. The city was #1 on the list of Best Places to Live in America in 2014, published by Money Magazine. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown, diverse housing options, a robust economy and a uniquely beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills and lush trees.