McKinney, TX (2008-Present)

Client: SALVO

  • Innovative concept for a neighborhood hub in suburban communities
  • Community visioning workshop
  • Public space management and amenity plan

In 2008, the Dallas-based development company, SALVO, came to PPS with an idea for a new multi-use destination concept intended to provide much-needed gathering spaces and neighborhood services in the sprawling Dallas suburbs, where people are often driving 30 minutes to buy basics. These small activity hubs, to be built on commercial corners in the midst of typical suburban neighborhoods, are designed to self-sustain through the incorporation of concealed self-storage. The building’s outer perimeters and second floor are designed to act as incubator space for local businesses and entrepreneurs, to offer locally-owned restaurants and convenience shops, and to provide vital indoor and outdoor gathering places for community events and social occasions.

SALVO hired PPS to help frame the broader concept and to help identify potential public uses for a pilot “Appleseed Project” in the outskirts of McKinney, Texas, a rapidly-growing area with little to no mixed use development, and already well-provided with strip malls and big box stores. PPS facilitated a community visioning workshop with members of the McKinney community, helping them focus on the Power of 10 – the need to have 10 places and 10 things to do in each place to create a destination that brings people together.

Based on participant feedback, PPS developed a report detailing suggested activities for the development, as well as a recommendation to provide work opportunities for teenagers, space for local artists to display their work and places for the community to gather for special events. PPS also recommended sidewalk and street crossing improvements, and ways to optimize public transit surrounding the development, to provide access to children, seniors and caregivers without cars, as well as flexible parking that can be used for temporary events like farmers markets and concerts. PPS also worked with the project designers to ensure that the public spaces are flexible and complementary to a wide variety of uses and activities.

Once close to completion, PPS will hold community visioning workshops on-site as well as design a series of public management teams to help program and manage this and future complexes.

Retrofiting Suburbia with Neighborhood Hubs was last modified: March 6th, 2012 by Ethan Kent
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