The Colony, Texas

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The Colony, Texas
City
Official seal of The Colony, Texas
Seal
Nickname(s): City by the Lake
Location of The Colony in Denton County, Texas
Location of The Colony in Denton County, Texas
Coordinates: 33°5′27″N 96°53′5″W / 33.09083°N 96.88472°W / 33.09083; -96.88472Coordinates: 33°5′27″N 96°53′5″W / 33.09083°N 96.88472°W / 33.09083; -96.88472
Country United States
State Texas
County Denton
Government
 • Type Council-Manager
 • City Council Mayor Joe McCourry
Kirk Mikulec
Richard Boyer
Jeff Connelly
David Terre
Perry Schrag
Joel Marks
 • City Manager Troy Powell
Area
 • Total 16.1 sq mi (41.7 km2)
 • Land 14.0 sq mi (36.3 km2)
 • Water 2.1 sq mi (5.4 km2)
Elevation 591 ft (180 m)
Population (2013 Estimate)
 • Total 40,028
 • Density 2,500/sq mi (960/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 75056
Area code(s) 972
469
FIPS code 48-72530[1]
GNIS feature ID 1384043[2]
Website www.thecolonytx.gov

The Colony is a city in Denton County, Texas, United States, and a suburb of Dallas. The population was 36,328 at the 2010 census.[3]

The Colony is home to the Five Star Athletic Complex, completed in 2003. The Colony was named the Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Sports Town of The United States in that same year. The city is home to Pizza Inn's corporate headquarters,[4] as well as an Edward Don distribution center and a variety of small and medium-sized businesses. The Grandscape development, anchored by Nebraska Furniture Mart, is driving a new development boom in the city.[5]

Located on the southeast side of the city, across Sam Rayburn Tollway from the larger part of the city, is Austin Ranch, a mixed-use development consisting of retail businesses, apartments and condominiums.

History[edit]

The Colony is located inside the original Peters Colony lands, on the site of the Hedgcoxe War.[6]

The Colony did not exist before 1969, when home developers Fox and Jacobs (owned by Centex) purchased most of the land located around State Highway 121 and Farm to Market Road 423. They planned the development of a new "dream city" modeled after the city of Dallas, consisting primarily of single-family homes grouped as a "colony". The homes were served by a municipal utility district formed to bring water, electricity (via Texas Power and Light), cable television (via Lakeside CATV) and telephone service (via Southwestern Bell).

In 1976, one of the original homeowners associations petitioned the city of Frisco to remove the area from its extraterritorial jurisdiction.[citation needed] A vote was held in January 1977, and the City of The Colony was officially incorporated at that time (the name Colony was already in use, and thus the current name with the definite article was chosen). In 1987, the small lakeside community of Eastvale and The Colony voted to merge.[citation needed] The town has grown significantly since then.

Politics[edit]

The Colony is a Home Rule municipality with a council-manager form of government. It has a six-member council, with two members elected at large, as well as a city Mayor.

Council members[edit]

Name Place Term expires
Joe McCourry Mayor Nov. 2015
Kirk Mikulec One (at-large) Nov. 2015
Richard Boyer Two (at-large) Nov. 2015
Jeff Connelly Three
Deputy Mayor Pro Tem
Nov. 2014
David Terre Four
Mayor Pro Tem
Nov. 2014
Perry Schrag Five Nov. 2014
Joel Marks Six Nov. 2014

Geography[edit]

The Colony is located at 33°5′27″N 96°53′5″W / 33.09083°N 96.88472°W / 33.09083; -96.88472 (33.090874, -96.884659).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.1 square miles (41.7 km2), of which 14.0 square miles (36.3 km2) of it is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2), or 12.93%, is water.[8]

The city is bordered on the west by Lewisville Lake and the city of Lewisville, on the north and east by Frisco, and on the south by the cities of Carrollton and Plano. Approximately 23 miles (37 km) of shoreline on Lewisville Lake (including two peninsulas) are contained within the city's boundaries, thus providing the basis for the city's nickname "City by the Lake."

Climate[edit]

The Colony is part of the humid subtropical region.

Major highways[edit]

Education[edit]

The Colony is located inside both the Lewisville Independent School District and Little Elm Independent School District. The Lewisville ISD has built six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school inside the city limits. The elementary schools are Peters Colony Elementary, Camey Elementary, B.B. Owen Elementary, Stewart's Creek Elementary, Ethridge Elementary, and Morningside Elementary. The two middle schools are Griffin Middle School and Lakeview Middle School. The Little Elm ISD is currently building a K-8 Stem Academy in The Tribute subdivision.[9]

Owing to its original history as part of Frisco, The Colony is located inside the community college district, Collin College, unlike all other places in Denton County. However, since residents of The Colony do not pay taxes to said district they must pay out-of-county tuition rates to attend the college.

In May 2009, Griffin Middle School student and The Colony resident Eric Yang won the National Geographic Bee, beating out 54 other state competition champions to win a scholarship and travel package valued at more than $25,000.

High school[edit]

The Colony High School is located just north of Texas State Highway 121 on Blair Oaks Drive. The Lady Cougars soccer team won the 2007 Class AAAA soccer championship, the school's first in any sport. The Colony is home to the TopCats Drill Team as well as a renowned TCHS 350 piece Marching Band that participated in the 1997 Tournament of Roses Parade. The Colony Marching Band has additionally been a finalist in the Texas State UIL Marching Contest in 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, and 2000. The Colony High School Wind Symphony was named the TMEA Class 5A Honor Band in 1997 and performed at the Midwest International Band Clinic in Chicago in 1994 and 1997, the American Bandmasters Association Convention in 2000, and at Carnegie Hall in 2001. The Colony Band has placed over 100 wind and percussion students in All-State Band and Orchestra since 1986.

Brooklyn Nets point guard and Olympic gold medalist Deron Williams played for The Colony High School.

Hollywood stage and film actor Ethan Rains was a member of The Colony High School varsity theatre club The Colony Players class of 1999.

Current Creighton University starting point guard Austin Chatman played for The Colony High School.

Future growth[edit]

Years of planning work by city leaders have translated into a strong pace of economic and community development in The Colony. Nebraska Furniture Mart broke ground September 25, 2012, on a $1.5 billion, 433-acre complex along State Highway 121 between Plano Parkway and West Spring Creek Parkway. The Omaha-based furniture retailer is owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. The complex will be anchored by a 1.86 million-square-foot Nebraska Furniture Mart building, which will include a 600,000-square-foot showroom. The footprint for Nebraska Furniture Mart of Texas will be equivalent to 40 football fields and will sit on approximately 90 acres. It will be part of the largest retail and entertainment destination of its kind in North America when the store opens in 2015. Nebraska Furniture Mart is expected to attract over 8 million visitors and generate $600 million in sales annually.[10]

NFM Texas is also part of a larger, 433-acre development known as Grandscape.[11] Grandscape is expected to draw high-end retail, entertainment, hotels and office space, as well as tourist attractions.[11]

Infrastructure projects underway in The Colony include the Main Street/FM 423 Widening Project, encompassing over 10 miles of construction in three cities. Improvements in The Colony involve widening four miles of Main Street from Stewarts Creek Road to State Highway 121. Work should conclude in January 2016. Plano Parkway is scheduled for expansion from four lanes to six lanes, and the Memorial Drive railroad underpass is moving forward, connecting Memorial Drive on the east side of The Colony to Spring Creek in Plano. In addition, a new overpass is being constructed to carry South Colony Boulevard over the Sam Rayburn Tollway (SH121) using a first-in-Texas design known as a diverging diamond interchange[12]

While The Colony is growing, prime space is plentiful with more than 700 acres (280 ha) to develop including State Highway 121 frontage. Mixed use centers include The Cascades at The Colony, a 100-acre master-planned community consisting of 280 residences; flex office space, a Marriott Residence Inn; and a Marriott Fairfield Inn. A Courtyard by Marriott is also under construction. Another mixed use center is Austin Ranch, located west of the Dallas North Tollway and south of State Highway 121. The development has prime sites for corporate campuses, commercial offices, industrial distribution parks, retail strip centers, pad sites, multi-family and single-family homes.

Demographics[edit]

The Colony Historic Populations

Year Population
1980 11,586
1990 22,113
2000 26,531
2010 36,328
2013 Est. 40,028

As of the census[1] of 2000,[dated info] there were 26,531 people, 8,462 households, and 7,141 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,942.1 people per square mile (749.9/km²). There were 8,812 housing units at an average density of 645.0 per square mile (249.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.46% White, 5.18% African American, 1.68% Asian, 0.71% Native American, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 5.30% from other races, and 2.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.26% of the population.

There were 8,462 households out of which 53.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 69.7% were married couples living together, 10.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.6% were non-families. 11.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.14 and the average family size was 3.41.

In the city the population was spread out with 34.0% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 38.0% from 25 to 44, 17.8% from 45 to 64, and 2.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 males there were 98.8 females. For every 100 males age 18 and over, there were 97.1 females.

The median income for a household in the city was $64,080, and the median income for a family was $66,203. Males had a median income of $44,208 versus $30,530 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,903. About 1.6% of families and 2.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.4% of those under age 18 and 5.8% of those age 65 or over.

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