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A new food hall coming to Frisco next year plans to enhance the Frisco Fresh Market development while also di ! erentiating itself from other similar concepts in the area. Main Street Food Hall is expected to open in early 2021 along John W. Elliott Drive, said Doug Farr, vice president of The Taste Buds Group, the franchise developer behind the Frisco venue. Variety of food choice is the No. 1 reason food halls are so popular, said David Daniels, senior vice president of marketing of The Food Hall Co., which brought Legacy Food Hall to Plano. CONTINUED ON 26 MAIN STREET Food Hall Opening in 2021

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FROMVICKI: As we near the end of the year, Frisco is not slowing down, and neither are we. In this issue, our cover stories detail the progress of the PGA of America headquarters development and golf courses and of the Main Street Food Hall. We also highlight two fantastic business owners: Karen White of Oasis Accents (see Page 21) and Neda Kalafchi at Biscuit restaurant (see Page 23). If you’re looking for election news, results and coverage can be found online at communityimpact.com. We will be covering the races for Frisco City Council Places 5 and 6 and the race for Frisco ISD board of trustees Place 4 as well as county-level results. Vicki Chen, GENERALMANAGER

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6 PediaPlex will open in January at 4855 Ohio Drive, Frisco. The pediatric behavioral therapy clinic will o ! er one- on-one treatment for children, including evaluation, diagnosis, essential therapy and counseling services. 817-442-0222. https://pediaplex.net/pediatric-

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6 Shear Madness Haircuts for Kids opened in early October at 2772 Stone- brook Parkway, Ste. 400, Frisco. The children’s hair salon o ! ers kids haircuts, ear piercings, hair products and a toy store. 469-983-9600. http://shear madnesskids.com/frisco-texas 7 Today’s Vision opened in October at 1525 US Hwy 380, Ste. 300, Frisco. The optometry clinic o ! ers general eye exams, contact lens " ttings, medical eye emergency services and corneal refractive therapy. 972-954-5488. https://todays visioncares.wixsite.com/tv380 COMING SOON 8 Ellen’s is now expected to open in January at 1339 Legacy Drive, Frisco. The restaurant serves Southern-inspired brunch meals and has a location in down- town Dallas. 469-206-3339. www.gritsrule.com 9 Life Time will now open in late 2021 at 4900 Throne Hall Drive, Frisco, according to its website. The 124,000-square-foot luxury athletic resort will o ! er a pool deck, group " tness studios, a " tness # oor, tennis courts and dedicated spaces for children. 469-476-3900. www.lifetime.life 10 Northwood Manor is expected to open Nov. 2 in Frisco o ! Panther Creek Parkway between Legacy Drive and Teel Parkway, according to its website. The development by Southgate Homes will include homes with 55-foot, 64-foot and 74-foot lot sizes. www.southgatehomes. com/detail-community/northwood- manor-148871

11 Ristorante Andrea will open Dec. 1 at 1279 Legacy Drive, Ste. 100, Frisco. The 4,000-plus-square-foot restaurant is a concept from Market Street Hospitality, which operates the Southern-inspired restaurant Ellen’s in Dallas. 12 Game Day Style is expected to open in early November at 6635 Cowboys Way, Ste. 110, Frisco. The store will feature handmade, vintage and one-of-a-kind sports clothing, jewelry and décor. The store concept comes from the owners of the Flea Style stores, with a location at The Star as well and in Deep Ellum. Shop- pers will " nd gear ranging from profes- sional teams to college sports. A website and phone number are coming soon. ANNIVERSARIES 13 Wahlburgers opened its " rst Texas location one year ago Oct. 28. It is locat- ed at 3685 The Star Blvd., Frisco. At this time, there are no other Texas locations of the restaurant, which was founded by brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahl- berg. The menu includes favorite dishes from each of the brothers as well as Wahlbowls, smahlburgs, shakes, # oats and desserts. The restaurant also o ! ers signature cocktails and adult frappes. 972-704-3580. www.wahlburgers.com/frisco NEWMANAGEMENT 14 7 Day Dental became Tesla Den- tistry and held a grand opening in late September at 6700 Stonebrook Parkway, Ste. 101, Frisco. The dental clinic o ! ers general dentistry, dentures, clear aligners,

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resumes. 6-8 p.m. Free. 972-668-7100. https://frisco.unt.edu/programs/ upcoming-info-nights 13 COFFEEWITH THEMAYOR This monthly event series gives residents a chance to sit with Frisco Mayor Je # Cheney and have a conversation about his vision for the city. 8-9 a.m. Free. The Grove at Frisco Commons, 8300 McKinney Road, Frisco. 972-292-5000. www.friscotexas.gov/ calendar.aspx?eid=4243 18 CLASSIC READERS BOOK CLUB The Frisco Public Library hosts a monthly book club geared toward readers age 50 and up to discuss books of various genres, such as mystery, historical ! ction and biography. This month’s online event, held via Zoom, will discuss “The Giver of Stars” by Jojo Moyes. 10-11 a.m. Free. 972-292-5669. https://friscolibrary. bibliocommons.com/events 21 THIRD SATURDAY TRAILWALK Participants will get a guided walk focused on the changing colors of trees in the fall at Limestone Quarry Park along the Taychas Trail. 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Limestone Quarry Park, 6300 Maltby Drive, Frisco. 972-292-6500. www.friscotexas.gov/1597/third- saturday-trail-walks

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This nightly show, which features more than 175,000 lights, 11.5 miles of wiring and over eight miles of extension cords, is the largest choreographed lights and music display in North Texas. The attraction also features an outdoor ice skating rink, a Christmas tree lot and more. 6-10 p.m. Free. Frisco Square, 8874 Coleman Blvd., Frisco. 469-633-1721. www.friscosquare.com/cits-overview NOV. 27 ! JAN. 4 CHRISTMAS IN THE SQUARE

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06 ENCORE! DRIVE ! IN MUSIC FEST Melody of Hope is bringing headliner Abby Anderson and a host of other musical talent for this drive-in music festival. There will be two ways to watch the festival: Fans may attend in person and maintain social distancing or may view a high-quality stream of the event. 5-11 p.m. $10-$125. Verona Villa, 6591

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2 2020 sidewalk program Work on the city’s 2020 Sidewalk Improvements Project began over the summer and is approximately 75% complete, according to the city’s October engineering report. Work is taking place along the west side of Preston Road; the contractor is ! nishing pouring concrete before ! nalizing the landscape along the new sidewalk areas. Work should wrap up in November. Timeline: April-November (construction) Cost: $534,350 Funding source: city of Frisco UPCOMING PROJECTS 3 Meadow Hill Drive reconstruction The city plans to reconstruct Meadow Hill Drive so that it will become a 26-foot- wide concrete roadway without a curb and gutter. The project limits stretch from North County Road and Preston Road. Crews will also improve the drain- age ditch and replace driveway culverts along the project limits. In addition, almost 3,000 feet of an existing 12-inch water line in this area will be replaced. The west side of the project and Preston Road will be reconstructed to add more turn lanes. Timeline: Early 2021-December (con- struction) Cost: $3.25 million Funding source: city of Frisco

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ONGOING PROJECTS

COURTESY CITY OF FRISCO

1 PGA Parkway Construction of PGA Parkway has been divided into two phases. The ! rst phase A includes Legacy Drive from PGA Park- way to US 380 and PGA Parkway from Mahard Parkway to west of Legacy. For this phase, construction of both projects were signi ! cantly completed in October, with the roadways opened to the public. Phase 2 B stretches from Championship Drive to west of Legacy Drive and work continues for this phase on schedule. Crews began paving along this route in early October. Landscaping and median irrigation are being conducted up to west of Championship Drive and east of Lega- cy, outside of the project’s limits. Timeline: September 2019-October 2020 (Phase 1), spring 2019-December 2020 (Phase 2) Cost: $12.3 million (Phase 1), $6.6 million (Phase 2) Funding source: city of Frisco

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TRANSPORTATION LebanonRoadwork to expand laneswill continue into 2021 Construction to widen Lebanon Road began in late August and will continue for at least another 10 months. Lebanon Road is being widened from four lanes to six lanes from Parkwood Boulevard to Ohio Drive, which will give each side of the road three lanes in each direction. The project also includes building two new eastbound lanes of John Hickman Parkway between Park- wood and Preston Road, as well as creating lane improvements at all the signalized intersections. “We’re doing some intersection signal improvements, so you’ll see adding of some left-turn lanes and some things like that,” Frisco Assistant Engineering Director Jason Brodigan said. “[Lebanon] is a busy road, so it will help people move east-west a little bit.” Crews have started excavating

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“All of the widening is in the middle of the existing road, so when [we’re] not working on the outside of the road, usually, [we’re] not a ! ecting driveways,” he said. “So I wouldn’t expect any coordination issues with driveways.” The project was originally sched- uled to start in late July. However, contractor sta " ng issues due to COVID-19 ended up delaying the project until late summer, according to the city’s October engineering report. Ultimately, the project was delayed by a few weeks. Lebanon construction is being conducted in one phase, which is expected to take at least 12 months. The project is being funded through voter-approved bonds, Brodigan said. He also cautioned people to keep the construction in mind as they drive through Lebanon and to pay attention to any message boards. “In any construction zone, just slow down a little bit,” Brodigan said. “Things change from day to day sometimes. Give the workers a little bit of a break, and just be safe as you go through.”

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Work to widen Lebanon Road in Frisco has begun and is expected to take at least 12 months. (Miranda Jaimes/Community Impact Newspaper)

for the new lanes on the curb of the road, and construction will a ! ect tra " c, Brodigan said. “Residents of Frisco and every- body using Lebanon should expect daily lane closures as we work on those areas,” he said. “It’s just kind of a necessity.” He added that closures on the road will occur only between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. so that

people’s drives to work and school are relatively una ! ected. The road is not expected to shut down fully as the lanes are added. “At a minimum, there would be one lane open in each direction,” Brodigan said. Businesses along Lebanon should not be signi # cantly a ! ected, as drive- ways are not expected to be along the path of construction, he said.

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HALL PARK DEVELOPMENT After demolishing a pair of three- story o " ce buildings at the corner of Warren and Gaylord parkways in March of this year, Hall Group is moving forward with its plans for the next phase of development at Hall Park. A groundbreaking date is expected to be set soon for the new mixed-use development, which will include retail and residential spaces and additional o " ce space.

Creekside at Wade O " ce Park received approval from the Frisco Planning & Zoning Commission on Oct. 13 for open space and preliminary site plans. The project is expected to include multiple commercial and medical o " ce buildings over 6.3 acres on the northeast corner of Emerald Court and Wade Boulevard, according to city documents.

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US 380OFFICE PARK Project owners 380 Medical O " ce Park LLC and SKLG Holdings LLC had 11.1 acres of land to the south of US 380 and to the east of Hollyhock Road rezoned from agricultural to o " ce by the Frisco Planning & Zoning Commission on Oct. 13. The approved rezoning request was compatible with the business park designation on the city’s future land use plan.

WARRENSPORTSCOMPLEX The second phase of improvements to the Warren Sports Complex’s lake and dam got underway in September. The work will improve water quality and bring the lake and the dam up to the standards of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. During the e ! ort, the lake and the dam will be closed to the public. The project is expected to be completed in March 2021.

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CITY Friscosettles Exidedispute, expects cleanup to resumesoon

Exide Technologies’ battery recycling plant operations were located right next to Stewart Creek, as seen in this 2013 photo. All of the buildings at the site have since been taken down, but contamination of the site remains. (Courtesy Exide Technologies)

Plans forGrandPark Frisco Mayor Je # Cheney said it has been a years-long struggle to get to this point. “This is a major milestone for the city of Frisco to ! nally not only gain control of the property but gain control of the cleanup process,” Cheney said. During an Oct. 5 Town Hall, Cheney said plans for Grand Park have grown to 600 acres that extend throughout the central core of the entire city. He said residents can expect to begin hearing more about Frisco’s plans for Grand Park next year. “I am really hopeful that we can start moving forward with a shovel in the ground on some part of this project by the end of 2021,” Cheney said during the town hall. Remediationprocess The cleanup process involves removing contaminated soil as well as pieces of broken battery casings and a waste material called slag. The city estimates cleanup will cost about $29 million. According to a city news release, Frisco will pay $3.5 million to settle claims with Aspen American Insurance Company, which held a $25 million bond posted by Exide for cleanup. That $25 million will be put in a trust for the site’s cleanup. The city is expected to pay the remaining $4 million for cleanup. To help pay for future mainte- nance and operations, the city said it plans to raise trash fees $1 per cart per month for residential customers and 2% for commercial customers.

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The city of Frisco and its Com- munity Development Corporation have taken ownership of 102 acres where the former Exide Technologies battery recycling plant operated for decades as part of an agreement that will allow for the remaining cleanup of contamination at the site. A new agreement was approved by Frisco City Council on Oct. 6, and the land transfer was ! nalized Oct. 26. Once cleanup of the land located west of Parkwood Boulevard near Stewart Creek is done, city o " cials plan to begin work on Frisco’s Grand Park project, which will include some of the Exide land. Frisco originally reached an agreement with Exide Technologies in 2012 to close the plant, which had too-high lead emissions. Frisco City Attorney Richard Abernathy told council all elements of the 2012 agreement were completed except for the plant site’s cleanup, which would remove contaminants, purify about 100 acres of soil and properly close the land ! lls. Abernathy said progress has been made despite Exide’s two bankruptcies and lawsuits between the city and the company. Exide ! led for bankruptcy in May 2020 and received approval in August to sell its battery business in the U.S. “Exide’s goal was to abandon the [Frisco] property,” Abernathy said. “So the city of Frisco has entered into an agreement to have it conveyed to Frisco. And based on that conveyance, Frisco will complete the remediation.”

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TARGETS FOR THE CLEANUP Cleanup involves Exide’s former site of operations as well as the area in and around Stewart Creek, as contaminants have migrated downstream over the years.

SOIL Contaminated with lead, cadmium and arsenic

SLAG Waste formed when lead is recovered from used batteries

BATTERY CHIPS Pieces from outer casings of used batteries

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Newde ! nition could reduce COVID " 19quarantines

Plans for 2021 " 22 rezoning coming FRISCO ISD The district will begin the process of changing attendance boundaries for the 2021-22 school year at its next board of trustees meeting. Todd Fouche, FISD’s deputy superintendent for business and operations, updated the board on the timeline for rezoning planning at an Oct. 13 meeting. Changes to attendance zones will help with the fall 2021 opening of Emerson High School as well as with some elementary schools that are currently over $ owing, Fouche said at the meeting. The board will get its ! rst look at zones at the Nov. 9 boardmeeting, he said. Citizen feedback to the board will open the week of Nov. 30. The board will vote on the new attendance zones Dec. 14.

FRISCO ISD Changes to the de ! ni- tion of a close contact could lessen the number of students that need to quarantine in the event of an indi- vidual testing positive for COVID-19, according to school district o " cials. Beginning Oct. 14, FISD revised its de ! nition of close contact to align with the most recent guidance from the Texas Education Agency, Daniel Stockton, the district executive direc- tor of government and legal a # airs, said at an Oct. 13 meeting. The district’s de ! nition is now “an individual within 6 feet of a con ! rmed positive case for a largely uninter- rupted or sustained extended contact period throughout the course of a day for approximately 15 minutes,” Stockton said at the meeting. Additional factors may a # ect this determination, such as whether both the infectious individual and the potential close contact have been

EFFECT OFMASKS Frisco ISD is unaware of any COVID-19 cases that have been contracted on campus when masks were worn, per district o ! cials. However, in third- through ! fth- grade classrooms and buses, where masks are required, a case will not result in automatic quarantines, he said, and will instead be part of the close-contact review.

consistently and properly masked. Other considerations include ventila- tion, the use of dividers or the pres- ence of symptoms. Direct exposure from being coughed on or sneezed on will also be considered. “The primary di # erence is that beginning [Oct. 14], we will no longer quarantine individuals who were within 6 feet for 15 minutes if both the infected individual and the contact were properly wearing appropriate face coverings,” Stockton said. FISD expects a decrease in the number of students who need to be quarantined and that the district will have a quicker response time on close-contact reviews, Stockton said. Pre-K through second-grade classrooms will continue to be wholly quarantined in the event of a COVID-19 case because masks are not required in those classrooms, Stock- ton said of the new de ! nition.

Between Jul y 20 and Oct. 13, 985 individuals have completed quarantine after an on-campus close contact. Of the total, 9 individuals who tested positive were exposed in situations when masks were not required, such as lunch, athletics, and prekindergarten through second grade.

SOURCE: FRISCO ISD ! COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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VIRTUAL STUDENTS AND NON ! STUDENTS 18 AND UNDER • To-go meals are available for pick-up upon request. • Five days’ worth of breakfast and lunch is distributed once a week.

FRISCO ISD Regardless of income, all students and children 18 years old and under can receive free meals from Frisco ISD this fall. FISD received a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to o # er breakfast and lunch at no cost to all students, including children not enrolled in the district, accord- ing to an Oct. 1 release. Free meals are available in school cafes and on a to-go basis as of Oct.

1, per the release. FISD did not automatically qualify for the national waiver, and free meals had been o # ered only for stu- dents who quali ! ed for free meals based on federal income guidelines, per the release. FISDmodi ! ed its pickup locations for families in virtual instruction in order to qualify to provide free meals. The district’s waiver will run through Dec. 18.

Childhood School at 10330 Red Cedar Drive and from 9-10 a.m. at Clark Middle School at 4600 Colby Drive. • Children must be present; if not, student ID numbers or proof of guardianship is required. • Signups and more information can be found at www.friscoisd.org/ departments/covid-19/meal-service.

• Families must sign up to receive meals during the second nine weeks, which runs from Oct. 19-Dec. 18. • Weekly meal distribution is held every Thursday from 8-9 a.m. at the Early

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Frisco City Council Meets at 5 p.m. Nov. 2 and 17. Open meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. www.friscotexas.gov MEETINGSWE COVER and Plano agreed to return just under $11.6 million distributed to them from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act for housing assistance. CITY HIGHLIGHTS FRISCO City Council unanimously approved the Frisco 2021 State Legislative Agenda during its Oct. 6 meeting. The legislative agenda states Frisco’s highest priority is to preserve the city’s ability to “govern e ! ectively and e " ciently for its residents, businesses, and visitors.” The agenda covers the topics of # scal and # nancial strength, development, environment, elections and utilities. COLLINCOUNTY Commissioners voted unanimously Oct. 5 to increase the budget for the Collin CARES Small Business Grant Program to more than $26 million. The increase came after Frisco, McKinney, Allen

Frisco to save $80M in incentives for The Gate

Free COVID ! 19 testing sitemoving to Toyota Stadium capped grants of $103 million from the 2016 contracts to an estimated $19.4 million over 25 years. A separate Chapter 380 agreement will provide a grant of $3.8 million for a mixed-use facility currently under construction. The Gate development at John Hick- man Parkway and the Dallas North FRISCO New agreements for The Gate development will save Frisco nearly $80 million in incentive grants over previous contracts. Amended performance agreements and a master development agreement were approved by Frisco Community Development Corp., Frisco City Coun- cil and Frisco Economic Development Corp. in mid-October. The newmaster development agreement reduces the FRISCO The state is relocating the free, drive-thru COVID-19 saliva testing site operating in Frisco to Toyota Stadium’s Corolla Red Lot beginning Nov. 2. Since it began operations Aug. 3, the site had been operating in the parking lot of Dr Pepper Ballpark. The new site, which is being funded by the Texas Division of Emergency Management, is located at 9200 World Cup Way, Frisco, and it has the capacity to perform as many as 1,000 tests per day. The free saliva tests are available

Tollway is owned by the Dubai-based Invest Group Overseas. The $1 billion development is set to include several apartment, o ! ce and hotel projects. Frisco EDC President Ron Patterson told council Oct. 20 the city’s 2016 agreements with IGO were set to expire at the end of this year and that there were various provisions from the agreements that had not been met. When IGO asked to amend those agreements, Frisco proposed changes, Patterson said. While the 2016 agreements o # ered incentives on the entire project, Mayor Je # Cheney said that the new agreements are in line with Frisco’s new approach of not giving incentives to residential developments.

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County considering clean energy program COLLIN COUNTY County o ! cials are considering a " nancing program that would encourage energy and water e ! ciency projects in com- mercial and multifamily residential properties. Collin County commissioners received a presentation on Property Assessed Clean Energy programs during their Oct. 19 meeting. Commissioners were told that the program would essentially allow property owners to get a loan to construct and install energy e ! cient improvements. The county will still need to hold a public hearing before the PACE pro- gram can be formally established. SOURCE: INVEST GROUP OVERSEAS $ COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER • 60% of 40.95-acre lot devoted to greeneries, open spaces and walkways • 876,000 square feet of o ! ce spaces • 60,000 square feet of retail spaces • 58,000 square feet of cafes and restaurants

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Collin County Commissioners Court Meets at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. www.collincountytx.gov Denton County Commissioners Court Meets at 9 a.m. Nov. 3, 10, 17 and 24. www.dentoncounty.gov Collin College board of trustees Meets at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 24. www.collin.edu

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