DEVELOPMENT Mixed-use district FriscoNorth in theworks at US 380, tollway
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super well.” Wilks alsomentioned the future Omni PGA Frisco Resort, which is expected to open in spring 2023 near where the project is planned. Opening a convention center near a venue already planning to have 127,000 square feet of event space, he said, pre- sented “concern on cannibalization.” “We kind of wanted tomove away from that larger space,”Wilks said. “We do feel like there’s a void to be lled on our side—never say never, I guess. But we fairly convinced ourselves that it makes more sense to go tomore mixed-use oce.” Construction will be split into three main, segmented phases, plans indicate. Phase 1 will begin around the northeast corner of Mahard and PGA parkways. It will establish “the heart of things” by constructing retail, hotel and oce space alongside a central park, said AlanWard with architecture rm Sasaki. Phase 2 along Dallas North Tollway, Ward said, will focus on “highly desirable oce parcels at a signicant density.” A central residential area featuring “brownstone” townhomes is also included in Phase 2, Ward said. Improvements on US 380 are under- way, andWard said parcels of land just south of the highway are in Phase 3 since that construction is ongoing. Wilks said he anticipates construc- tion to begin in the second quarter of 2023. He also said he expects some of the phases to run concurrently. Amajor focus of the project is incor- porating a large swath of open space
A major focus of Frisco North is incorporating a large swath of open space around the Parvin Branch creek. (Renderings courtesy city of Frisco)
Designers behind a newmixed-use development called Frisco North recently shared images and updates on the project that is expected to break ground next year. Frisco North, previously known as The Oxbow at Frisco, will be located at the southwest corner of US 380 and Dallas North Tollway. The project is expected to be built out over the next eight to 12 years, said KyleWilks, president of Wilks Development. Wilks and several other developers and designers are involved with Frisco North. Companies involved with the project includeWilks Development, The BFC Group, Sasaki, JLL, Kim- ley-Horn and UNStudio. “We’ve listened to the market,” Wilks said. “We’ve had quite a few meetings with stakeholders and potential partners in the real estate world, and we think we have improved dramatically on [the original plan].” The development will include 4.75 million square feet of oce space and 2,200 residential units, according to project plans. In addition, Frisco North will include 380,000 square feet of retail space alongside land where hotels and a music hall will be built. Plans also include an oce campus serving ight transportation company Uber Elevate, which would serve as an “vertiport,” or airport for Uber aircraft. Previous plans shared in October for the development included a convention center, but revised plans removed it. Wilks said buildings such as convention centers “tend to not age
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Frisco North is expected to be built out over the next eight to 12 years in accordance with this rendering at the southwest corner of US 380 and Dallas North Tollway.
Anew frontier Frisco North, a 218-acre mixed-use development, will bring oce, entertainment,
retail and park space. 4.75M square feet of oce space
2,200 residential units 812
SOURCE: CITY OF FRISCOCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER years until build-out
around the Parvin Branch corridor, Ward said. There are plans for a creek park, which will include amphithe- aters, hike-and-bike trails, ponds and a playground. “The mixed-use development is married to the park landscape in a highly integrated way,”Ward said. “The key idea here and all of this work is to really integrate the central green space mixed with the mixed-use devel- opment, pull it into the development zone andmake the park a critical front door to all of this.”
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