Visitors to downtown McKinney will start seeing butterflies in various forms this spring. In April, monarch butterflies start migrating from Mexico toward North America where they live during the summer months. The city has projects underway to bring butterfly art pieces to McKinney’s cultural district to bring more people downtown and to educate them on the importance of monarchs to the ecosystem. One project, called Monarchs of McKinney, features eight oversized, steel monarch butterfly sculptures. These sculptures will have four-foot wingspans and will be painted by selected local artists. The sculptures will be permanently placed in various locations around The Square. A second project, backed by Hugs Greenhouse, will also bring butterfly art with two butterfly-shaped topiaries, which will also have four-foot wingspans. Topiaries are trees or shrubs clipped into ornamental shapes, but these will feature more than 200 plants seeded into the topiaries. As they bloom, white, pink, purple and red flowers will emerge. The topiaries will be placed on the corners of Tennessee and Virginia streets and Kentucky and Louisiana streets.
Families are flocking to McKinney and building Belclaire homes at Emerald Heights, the city’s newest affluent village within master-planned community Stonebridge Ranch. The gated community offers its residents a full suite of amenities, outstanding schools in McKinney ISD and a natural setting amongst over 1,200 acres of open space, lakes and ponds. Homeowners here enjoy all the perks of living in Stonebridge Ranch including a swim lagoon with a sandy beach and sports courts. Floor plans from Belclaire at Emerald Heights range from 3,041 to 4,500-plus square feet and in the low $600s. Because we’re practicing social distancing, our model home is available for viewing by appointment only. Schedule your appointment and learn more about building your new Belclaire home at Emerald Heights.