Celina, Texas, has been named the fastest-growing city in the DFW Metroplex for the past three years, and there are plenty of good reasons for the growth. Celina is a great place to live and work with a busy, picturesque downtown, lots of wide open spaces, friendly people, and a fantastic quality of life.
With an attractive combination of small-town neighborliness and up-to-the-minute urban life, Celina is conveniently located between Preston Road and the Dallas North Tollway, just north of Prosper. It’s great location means it’s easy to get where you need to go within minutes. And for those who enjoy the big city, it’s just 10 miles north of Frisco’s $5 Billion Mile (home of The Star and Frisco Station), Legacy Business Park, and Legacy West.
The city’s population in 2021 was 22,793 and it is projected to grow to 51,000 by 2026. With this growth, businesses are coming to town to provide new products and services for residents. Celina’s Economic Development Corporation is very business-friendly, offering incentives to companies that want to locate in Celina, so it’s no wonder business is booming.
In Celina, TX, new development in the area means new places to shop and eat. Residents of Lilyana by Hillwood in Celina, Texas, have easy access to shopping, dining, and leisure activities both in town and in nearby Prosper, with many located on Preston Road, Coit Road, or Panther Creek Parkway. Now, there are even more places to shop and eat. Here are highlights of a few recently-opened businesses now serving Celina:
Honeysuckle Rose Boutique
322 W. Walnut St.,
Opened May 2022
Just like Celina, Honeysuckle Rose Boutique’s clothing and footwear collection is a little bit country, a little bit city, and a lot of fun. They call their style “Classic Western Style” or “Western Romance.” There’s even great western wear for the guys. Honeysuckle Rose Boutique is open Monday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thrown Axe Company
412 N. Oklahoma Dr., #108
Opened in March 2022
Axe-throwing is a real, honest-to-goodness sport with leagues, tournaments, and enthusiasts. Thrown Axe Company opened its doors in Celina in March 2022 for individual practice, special events, group events, and even offsites with its mobile trailer. Stop by for a beer and throw a few axes. Open Wednesday through Thursday 4-10 p.m., Friday 3-11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 12-8 p.m.
Shades of Green Nursery
1213 E. Sunset Blvd.
Opened in June 2022
Unique, knowledgeable, and native is how Shades of Green describes itself. This nursery carries a broad range of shrubs, annuals, perennials, and trees. Come with your garden in mind and your questions in hand. Shades of Green is open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and is closed on Sundays.
1255 S. Preston Rd.
Opened July 2022
When you need your morning cup of Joe, Starbucks is always there with just the right hot or cold beverage. Founded in Seattle in 1971, selling fresh-roasted coffee beans, tea, and spices, and becoming a proper coffee shop in 1987, the ubiquitous caffeine stop is now closer to home. Open 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
In addition to these businesses that are now open in Celina, there is much more on the way. Here is information on new healthcare, infrastructure, and commercial development happening in Celina, Tx.
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The City of Celina, TX, located within Collin County in North Texas, is one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. The plans and programs the city has implemented in recent years have helped drive that growth while accommodating new businesses and residents, making it an ideal destination for new move-ins.
According to U.S. census data, the population in Celina reached more than 16,000 in 2020, up 167% from its previous census count of approximately 6,000 in 2010. Since 2020, the city’s population has risen even further, and is estimated to be approximately 27,000, with no sign of stopping. The City of Celina has helped support this growth in the following ways:
This fast-growing Collin County community has become an attractive location for business owners due to the numerous incentive programs offered in downtown Celina, Tx. Let’s explore three of the most influential of these programs.
Businesses and property owners that add “meaningful additions” to public spaces can benefit from Celina’s Downtown Improvement Program (DIP), which provides grants of up to $25,000 to reimburse 50% of the cost of an improvement. Some examples of meaningful additions include improvements to building facades, public art installations, enhanced lighting, seating, and other aesthetic enhancements that those living in Celina, TX and visitors can enjoy while downtown.
Construction projects typically incur the expense of building permits and impact fees, but the Neighborhood Empowerment Zone (NEZ) program helps take the edge off those costs. Those who undertake remodeling or new construction projects downtown can enjoy reduced prices for the required permits and fees.
Finally, the Residential Tax Reinvestment Program (RTRP) provides a one-time payment to defray the increase in city property tax resulting from the improvement (valued at $20,000 or more) to the exterior of an existing downtown area residence. The improvement or expansion must follow Downtown Celina architectural standards. When improvements are made that preserve historical landmarks and beautify the area, the downtown area becomes more attractive for new businesses to move in, further expanding the number of jobs available to Celina residents.
The Celina Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) is an organization that targets and attracts businesses with the goal of creating new jobs in the area. The CEDC does this by offering incentives and helping businesses find the capital they need to get up and running.
Some of the CEDC’s incentives and services include:
The CEDC’s efforts have been successful so far, with 19 new businesses added in 2019, creating 275 jobs for Celina residents. That number is likely to continue increasing in coming years as Celina’s growth explosion surges forward.
On top of the financial incentives offered to attract businesses to Celina, TX, additional programs and events contribute to the city’s reputation as a connected community with a vision for growth.
Downtown Celina, TX is home to many events, such as:
These events attract people from all over North Texas, drawing customers to Celina’s businesses and enhancing the city’s reputation as a destination for fun.
This is a unique program that is open to Celina business owners and residents, age 18 and up, who want to learn more about how the local government operates. This free class covers such topics as city engineering, public safety, infrastructure, residential life, economic development, etc. and is likely to produce more than a few future city leaders.
One of Celina’s major strengths is connection, and this is literally true when it comes to the local internet infrastructure. The city’s network of fiber optic lines has earned it its designation as an official Gigabit City, meaning all residents and businesses have access to at least 1 Gbps connectivity speed.
Finally, the City of Celina has developed an app that allows residents to keep tabs on local news and events, pay bills, and access services and resources. The Celina Life Connected app increases the level of connection between residents, business owners, and the city.
In the face of this unprecedented growth, it’s an exciting time to be living in Celina, TX. If you’re looking for a great community in which to grow, start a business, or simply settle down, Lilyana by Hillwood is the perfect place to enjoy what Celina has to offer. Plus, it’s within the acclaimed Prosper ISD! Find your new home or get in touch with us to learn more.