McKINNEY -- It is a sign off of Highway 380 that can be easily missed if you blink. Printed on the side of an 18-wheeler in big green letters are the words, "McKinney Landfill Opening Fall 2017."
"The traffic is so fast, you don't really pay attention to the sign," said Carolina Diaz, who lives nearby.
The city tells News 8 it will be a a Type IV landfill, which is essentially a site for construction waste. The site was first discussed in 2001 as part of a settlement decree with CRWC (Construction Recycling and Waste Corporation). Michael Quint, the executive director of development services, says site plans were approved in 2003 and a modified plan was approved just recently by council.
The businesses right across the street have noticed the trailer with the big sign. Cesar Hernandez, who is part of an auto mechanic shop, says he has the normal concerns most have when you hear the term "landfill."
"The trucks passing by, more traffic," he said.
Carolina Diaz has been living in her home for four years.
"We put in a lot of money and time into this home," she said. As a Realtor, she says that having a landfill nearby hurts her home value.
"There's a lot of empty land outside McKinney so they should move [...] a little further," she said.
A petition called "Move the McKinney Landfill" is starting to make the rounds. It has about 190 supporters, at the time of this story's publication. However, the city representative Quint says "it's past the point of public input."
The owner of the property says it's not a trash landfill, so it won't carry the smell normally associated with a landfill. The city's development director says, like with any decomposition, there may be a smell or that it's hard to rule out there won't be any odor.
Quint stressed that for the project to get to this stage, it has gone through careful vetting and permitting by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Late on Thursday, the owner of the property sent News 8 this statement: "We're actually going to be a benefit to the community. We will not be a nuisance and we will be a very, very good neighbor to McKinney. We will not disregard people's concerns."
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