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UNT at Frisco readies to open collaborative campus

FRISCO LANDING The new UNT at Frisco branch campus will feature a four-story building called Frisco Landing. 135,000 square feet 29 classrooms 27 undergraduate and master’s level programs at UNT at Frisco

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Construction continues in August at the new University of North Texas at Frisco campus. (Courtesy Ahna Hubnik/UNT)

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Next spring the University of North Texas will debut the rst building of a 100-acre branch campus serving Frisco and the surrounding areas. It will be the rst time Collin County has a Tier 1 Carnegie research institution, ocials said, the top tier for a research-fo- cused university. Frisco Landing, the rst building of the new branch, will open for the spring semester next year at the southwest corner of Panther Creek Parkway and Preston Road. When it opens, it

will not only showcase a design intended to promote collabo- ration and communication between students, but also provide a hub for growth opportunities through supporting programs and partnerships, ocials said. “The purpose of the Frisco campus is to close the gap between higher education and employers,” UNT President Neal Smatresk said. “It was designed very intentionally to welcome employers in, to have employers be engaged not just CONTINUED ON 28

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Downtown road project signals start of Rail District redevelopment

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when the city’s downtown master plan was updated. Council members awarded a $5.1 million construction contract to XIT Paving and Construction Aug. 16. The contract designates Elm Street from 1st Street to South County Road in Frisco as the construction site, and it will tran- sition the roadway into a more pedes- trian-friendly area. CONTINUED ON 36

THREE PROJECTS IN THE WORKS Estimated total cost: $44.1M

Construction on the rst of three projects to breathe new life into Frisco’s Rail District is starting in September. City Council approved a construction contract in August to begin redevelop- ing part of the Rail District, a mixed-use downtown development that includes retail stores, restaurants and housing. The contract signies the result of an ongoing process that started in 2018

• Main Street renovations • Fourth Street plaza • Elm Street improvements

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NOW OPEN 1 Citra Urgent Care opened a new clinic Aug. 1 at 7680 Preston Road in Frisco, ac- cording to its website. The clinic provides urgent care services, including treatment for burns, broken bones, strains, sprains and COVID-19 care services, including same-day PCR testing as well as Moderna vaccines and boosters. Citra Urgent Care also offers virtual visit services, enabling patients to be treated for routine health concerns, including colds, the flu, sore throat, rashes and allergies, according to its website. 469-200-7042. www.citracare.com 2 Rodeo Goat’s biggest location for its one-of-a-kind burgers opened in early August at 3111 Preston Road, in a building formerly occupied by Romano’s Macaroni Grill. The burger joint is known for its burgers, fries and beers. Featured burgers include one named after Neil Young, which comes with a vegan patty, and the Bodacious, which comes with onion, jalapeños and barbecue sauce. The restaurant features a “Battle of the Burgers,” in which two burgers go head- to-head, and the one with the most votes wins. Each time a burger is ordered equals a vote for that burger. 469-962-4628. www.rodeogoat.com 3 Plano-based ice cream shop Ked’s Artisan Ice Cream & Treats opened the first week of August at 12990 W. Eldo- rado Parkway, Ste. 120, Frisco. The shop serves standard and international ice cream flavors along with other Indian-in- spired treats, according to the website. The Frisco location is the company’s first franchise and is owned by Vishnu Banda. 972-635-5328. www.kedsicecream.com

4 Sunrise Caffé held a grand opening in early August, according to owner Jose Betances. The cafe is now open near the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco at 6065 Sports Village Road. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast classics, such as French toast, omelets and skillet-based dishes, are served in the morning, and burgers, sandwiches and empanadas are served in the afternoon and evening. After 5 p.m. the restaurant has a “sunrise after sunset” happy hour with Latin dishes. 214-407-7060. www.sunrise-caffe.com 5 Popeyes opened a location at the end of August in the Stonebriar Centre mall’s food court, located at 2601 Preston Road in Frisco, according to the Popeyes media team in an email. The Louisiana-style fast-food restaurant replaced Para- dise Bakery, Stonebriar Centre General Manager Randy Barnett said. Its menu includes fried chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches, chicken nuggets and a col- lection of sides. 469-817-7990. www.popeyes.com COMING SOON 6 Giaola Italian Kitchen is expected to open the company’s second ever location in Frisco; the original restaurant is located in Carlsbad, California. Giaola Italian Kitchen is a collaboration between owner Sandra DiCicco and Executive Chef Amy DiBase that is expected to open in October. Giaola Italian Kitchen will mimic the original menu of classic Italian dishes and laid-back atmosphere of the Carlsbad location, according to a spokesperson for the restaurant. The women-owned and -operated business is known for its upscale gourmet cuisine and dishes. According to the website, the house

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specialities include the Caprese Summer Roll, Scarface Pizza and Jidori Chicken Parmesan. The restaurant will be in the Patios at the Rail development on Main Street and South County Road in Frisco. The project is the first redevelopment project in the Rail District, according to developer Nack Development’s website. Giaola Italian Kitchen will be one of the newest tenants of the building alongside Alejandra Mexican Cuisine opening in January 2023. www.giaolakitchen.com 7 Chipotle Mexican Grill will open a fifth location in Frisco at 8847 Coit Road. The restaurant will open this winter, according to a spokesperson for the company. The new location will feature a Chipotlane, the company’s digital order drive-thru pickup lane. The restaurant chain offers burritos, burrito bowls, salads and tacos. As of March 31, Chipotle has over 3,000 restaurants worldwide, all of which are company-owned and -operated. www.chipotle.com

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8 A new pie store is projected to open in early 2023 at 7967 Custer Road, Ste. 200, in Frisco, Owner Julia Henricks said. The Pie Dish will start with a soft opening in January or February and will specialize in serving nontraditional cream-based pies, Henricks said. Primary flavors of- fered will include peanut butter choco- late, apple fruit and cocoa mocha. www.facebook.com/thepiedish

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tent, co-owner Tim Hicks said in an email. Chill Joy’s services are offered on a mem- bership basis, Hicks said. New customers can enjoy a free week of unlimited access. 469-797-9993. 4 Bagelology launched with a soft opening July 23 at 253 W. Stonebrook Parkway, Ste. 600, in Frisco. The bagel and coffee shop’s menu features bagels made from scratch; breakfast and lunch sandwiches; and locally roasted coffee, according to its Facebook page. It makes bagels from scratch and boils and bakes them fresh. 214-407-8949. www.face- book.com/bagelology COMING SOON 5 Veteran Jersey Mike’s franchisees Hector Haget and Khris Tate are bring- ing a California-based pizza chain to Dallas-Fort Worth with a location in Frisco. The business partners signed a three-store deal with Mountain Mike’s Pizza , and their first location will open in the first quarter of 2023 on US 380 in the Urban Heights at Hollyhock devel- opment. Mountain Mike’s is known for its dough that is made fresh daily and its curly pepperoni pizzas, according to a media release. Mountain Mike’s has nine DFW locations in development with plans to open in Lewisville, Prosper, Frisco and McKinney, according to a company spokesperson. Mountain Mike’s will be accompanied by companies, such as Dil- las, Dunkin’, Mooyah and a new concept from the owners of Frisco Diner in the Ur- ban Heights at Hollyhock development,

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6 PT Neighborhood Pizzeria will open at 4880 W. Eldorado Parkway, Ste. 100, Frisco, later this fall, Marketing Special- ist Adriana Ramos said in an email. The restaurant will be located in part of a new building development called Shoppes at Eldorado, according to The Retail Connection’s website. The restaurant will be leasing 3,896 square feet of space in one of the two buildings under construc- tion. PT Neighborhood Pizzeria has one open location in Dallas, according to its website. Its menu includes salads, sand- wiches, specialty pizzas and a selection of dipping sauces. 469-804-0417. www.ptpizza.com 7 Citra Urgent Care will open later this fall at 4770 Eldorado Parkway in Frisco. The clinic will provide urgent care services, including treatment for burns, broken bones, strains and sprains. It will also offer COVID-19 care services, including same-day PCR testing as well as Moderna vaccines and boosters, accord- ing to its website. Patients can register to be treated virtually for routine health concerns, including colds, the flu, sore throat, rashes and allergies, according to its website. www.citracare.com RELOCATIONS 8 Waterfront Family Dentistry is relocating to a new building near the intersection of Lebanon Road and FM 423 at the beginning of October, said Amber Richner, director of operations and business development. The new building, located behind the dentistry’s existing

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NOW OPEN 1 ​ Fajita Pete’s opened in its first Frisco location Aug. 15 at 4150 Legacy Drive, Ste. 416. The restaurant’s menu includes fajitas, chips, queso, guacamole and desserts, according to its website. Fajita Pete’s is also known for its burritos, enchiladas and flautas. The restaurant’s “bread and butter” comes in the form of family orders and catering, though, David Howell said, owner of the Frisco location. Other Fajita Pete’s locations include north Dallas and Carrollton. Howell, who grew up in Dallas, wanted to open a lo- cation in Frisco because he “always loved the community.” 972-292-9384. www.fajitapetes.com/stores/frisco

2 Metroplex Medical Centres opened its first Frisco clinic location Aug. 19 at 10050 Legacy Drive, Ste. 400, Business Development Lead Rupal Dev said. The clinic offers a broad range of services, including treatment for colds and the flu; minor emergencies; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; routine physical exams; blood testing; and drug testing, according to its website. 469-239-0205. www.metroplexmedicalcentres.com/ mmcfrisco.html 3 A new self-care establishment opened at 6700 Stonebrook Parkway, Ste. 106, in Frisco. Chill Joy offers next-generation massage and meditation services with high-end massage chairs, and curated mediation and wellness con-

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building at 5605 FM 423, Ste. 600, is larger and will include space for seven treatment rooms and its own lab, Richner said. The relocation is planned to take place over a weekend, so there will be no pause in services. 972-987-4343. www.waterfrontsmiles.com ANNIVERSARIES 9 Vitality Bowls , located at 5105 W. Eldorado Parkway, Ste. 160, Frisco, celebrated its fifth anniversary in August. Vitality Bowls specializes in making acai bowls, which are a thick blend of acai berry topped with organic granola and a selection of superfoods, such as apples, strawberries and kiwi. 972-987-5144. www.vitalitybowls.com 10 Barneys Brunch House , locat- ed at 5480 FM 423, Ste. 700, Frisco, celebrated its fifth anniversary July 11. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch dishes, including pancakes, French toast, omelets, soup, salad and

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17 ENJOY CONCERTS AT TEXASFEST TexasFest is bringing concerts; around 150 artists and crafters; classic cars; cowboy shows; pony rides; and various Texas-themed attractions, games and contests to Frisco. The event will include concerts throughout the day, food, visual artists and more. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Free (admission). Hidden Cove Park, 20400 Hackberry Creek Park Road, Frisco. https://allevents.in/frisco/ texasfest-frisco-dallas-fall 17 GO TO A MOTHER, SON EVENT This event is a mother and son bonding event that will include a best sneaker combo contest. In addition, this event will have brunch, fashion, music and 360 booths. 1-4 p.m. $20-$55. 6560 John Hickman Parkway, Ste. 100, Frisco. 214-842-2251. Search Frisco Sneaker Ball via www.allevents.in/frisco. 22 SEE A LOCAL SINGER, SONGWRITER See a performance by College Station local Jordan Nix at the Frisco Heritage Center. Nix and his band will be performing as part of Frisco Heritage Center’s Calaboose series, which supports free live music in town. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. 6455 Page St., Frisco. www.friscotexas.gov/Calendar

SEPTEMBER 10 BROWSE VENDORS AT THE STAR Residents are invited to walk and shop at an outdoor market at The Star. This event will include vendors selling fashion, jewelry, home decor and other items. There will be additional entertainment, such as a DJ and activities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. One Cowboys Way, Frisco. https://eastyle.com 10 MEET DALLAS COWBOYS PLAYERS People will have the opportunity to meet current and former Dallas Cowboys players as well as get their autographs and take photos. There will also be a taco bar after the event. 4-6 p.m. $180. 4343 Frisco Green Ave., Frisco. https://allevents. in/frisco/cowboys-meet-and-greet 10 ADOPT A NEW FURRY FRIEND Lost Paws Rescue of Texas is hosting a dog adoption event at PetSmart Frisco where residents can nd a new furry friend to take home. Check their website for other adoption events hosted by Lost Paws Rescue of Texas. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free to attend; adoption fees available at the event. 3333 Preston Road, Frisco. https://lostpawsrescueoftexas.org

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23 EXPERIENCE THE ‘80S Experience or re-experience the 1980s with ‘80s party band Live 80. The event occurs indoors at The Revel. 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. $15-$27.50. 9305 Preston Road, Frisco. Search Live 80 via www.eventbrite.com. 24 GOLF FOR CHARITY Participate in the fourth annual charity golf tournament and clinic hosted by the Alliance for a Brighter Community Foundation. Registration for the event will include a golf cart to use; breakfast and lunch; raes; and a best dressed contest. 8 a.m. $50-$2,000. 10411 Teel Parkway, Frisco. Search PAR-Tee on the Green Annual Charity Golf Tournament and Clinic via www.eventbrite.com. 25 VISIT A LEMONADE STAND TO SUPPORT MAKEAWISH Visit the 10th annual Newman Village Lemonade Stand to support the Make-A- Wish Foundation. This event is returning for the rst time since the start of the pandemic. 2-4:30 p.m. $5-$50 (rae tickets), $15-$25 (T-shirts). 4131 Fallbrook Drive, Frisco. https://my.cheddarup.com/c/ nvlemonadestand

OCTOBER 01 RUN AND WALK FOR THE ARTS

Participate in the Frisco Arts Walk and Run, and get a taste of various art forms in Hall Park. The route will take people through the Texas Sculpture Garden. It will include pop-up musicians, dancers, vocalists, actors, visual artists and more along the route. Money raised will go to Artist Resiliency Grants, Ladies Who Launch Grants, Minority Artist Grants and Youth Scholarships. 8:30-10:30 a.m. $40. 6801 Gaylord Parkway, Frisco. https://runsignup.com/race/tx/frisco/ friscoartswalkrun 08 OBSERVE THE SKY AT FRISCO STARFEST Frisco Starfest occurs on the second Saturday of each month at Frisco Commons Park. It allows both members and guests to observe and educate each other on plants, stars and the night sky in general. The event is open to the public and will have about 12 telescopes set up for viewing. The event begins at sunset and concludes at 10:30 p.m., weather permitting. Free. 8000 McKinney Road, Frisco. 214-800-6000. https://txartisan.com /all-events/frisco-frisco-starfest/

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The festivities for Frisco’s third annual Oktoberfest will start with a keg tapping at 11:30 a.m. The rst people to arrive will receive free bier from this keg until it runs out. The event will include bier, food, activities and entertainment. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. $20 (per sheet of 20 tickets for food and beverages), $55 (VIP tickets). 8843 Coleman Blvd., Frisco. www.friscooktoberfest.com (Courtesy city of Frisco)

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3 Meadow Hill Drive reconstruction Work has started to reconstruct Meadow Hill Drive from Rogers Road to Pres- ton Road. The project will construct a sidewalk, concrete paving and drainage improvements. Timeline: summer 2022-fall 2023 Cost: $4.2 million Funding source: city of Frisco

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1 Shaddock Creek Lane roundabouts Construction to install mini roundabouts along Shaddock Creek Lane is ongoing. New concrete has been installed in the Southbury Lane intersection. The contractor is install- ing decorative brick pavers in the center of the roundabout at Southbury Lane. Work has been completed on the landscaped me- dian west of Stone House Lane. The project will convert the existing three-way intersec- tions on Shaddock Creek at 1A Southbury Lane and 1B Thomasville Lane to mini roundabouts and add a raised median. Timeline: spring-late 2022 Cost: $249,529 Funding source: city of Frisco

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4 Town and Country Boulevard widening Work continues to reconstruct Town and Country Boulevard’s westbound lanes to add two new eastbound lanes. Crews are working on the road between Spring Creek Parkway to just west of Legacy Drive. Bike lanes are also being constructed on the road as part of the project. Timeline: summer 2021-late 2022 Cost: $4.7 million Funding source: city of Frisco UPCOMING PROJECT

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2 Dallas North Tollway widening A three-year project to widen the Dallas North Tollway through Frisco started in August. The project will add a fourth lane to both northbound and south- bound traffic, beginning at US 380 and ending at the Sam Rayburn Tollway. The project will include improvements to the John Hickman exit ramp to Gaylord Parkway. Officials with the North Texas Tollway Authority also plan to demolish the existing bridge at Fields Parkway. A new overpass will be constructed in its place, along with a southbound entrance ramp and northbound exit ramp just north of Fields Parkway. The construction is expected to end in late 2025. Work will be primarily in the center median, and drivers “may see work taking place during peak hours,” according to an NTTA spokesperson Mi- chael Rey. The total cost for this project will be nearly $160 million and will be fully funded by reinvested funds from the NTTA, Rey said. Timeline: summer 2022-late 2025 Cost: $160 million Funding sources: NTTA

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5 Lebanon Road widening The city has plans to add a fifth and sixth lane to Lebanon Road from FM 423 to Todd Drive. Six lanes is the final configu- ration for the roadway, according to a city public works report. Design for the project is 30% complete. It has been reviewed, and comments have been returned to the

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DEVELOPMENT BRIEFS

Developments underway in Frisco

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Library’s construction to wrap up in early 2023 The new Frisco Public Library is projected to complete construction in early 2023, according to an update presented during a City Council meeting Aug. 2. Work on the new library, located at 8000 Dallas Parkway next to the Frisco Discovery Center, is estimated to wrap up in early January, Frisco Library Director Shelley Holley said during the meeting. It was originally planned to nish in fall 2022, but “unusual circumstances” such as shipping shortages pushed the completion date back, Holley said. The $62 million project is projected to stay on budget, she said. Once construction is complete, library sta will take ve to six weeks to transition to the new building, Holley said. The transition will involve transferring 250,000 items to the new building, training sta and integrating new books. “The bulk of that time—we’ll be moving the library in this building to that building,” she said. “That’s actually a pretty detailed process.” The library department will not hire any additional sta once it has moved into the building, Holley said. The building was designed with “lean thinking” in mind while consider- ing how the library oers its services, she said. That could change if the library sees a large increase in trac, she said. Frisco broke ground on the new library in April 2021, according to the city website. The new building is measured

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PGA Frisco slated to open 660-acre campus in spring 2023 In spring 2023, the Professional Golfers’ Association of America’s 660-acre, $520 million mixed-use development campus is slated to open to the public. The cam- pus will include two 18-hole courses, an Omni Resort, golf-themed retail stores and restaurants, a driving range and a clubhouse. Everything except the head- quarters building is still under construc- tion, PGA Championship Director Jason Mengel said. In August, tickets became available for the rst championship tour- nament to be played at PGA Frisco. The headquarters building held a grand opening Aug. 22. It features oces, outdoor terraces, a video studio and an indoor golf training facility that includes a chipping area, a putting area and driv- ing range simulators. Space: 660 acres Timeline: summer 2019-spring 2023

Construction is still underway at the Frisco Public Library.

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at 157,000 square feet of space, triple that of the library’s current home in the George A. Purefoy Municipal Center. “We feel well prepared to handle three times the size [of the current library] with the sta we have today,” Holley said. “I can’t promise we can handle three times the trac [and] business with the sta we have today.” Council members toured the library during a work session Aug. 16, catching a glimpse of the construction progress in person. Holley led the council members from room to room, pointing out features that would be included in the new building. The new library will include a community event room, a quiet reading room, a kids reading space and a full-size female TRex skeleton, named Rexy by the Frisco community.

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FUN IS BREWING!

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A new patient floor is open at Texas Health Frisco.

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A CENTER FOR STUDENTS According to Frisco ISD, its facility will be for students at all grade levels who are spread across the district’s 75 campuses. Parameters include:

1,250 seats maximum, more than double the current number of seats

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ARTS

This year Wakeland High School won Best Musical in the Broadway Dallas High School Musical Theatre Awards for its production of “Curtains, the Musical.” (Courtesy Frisco ISD)

City, Frisco ISD cancel plans to build joint performing arts hall

eorts to build a new performing arts center sought to have at least 1,750-2,000 seats. But city and school ocials learned in May that costs in mate- rials, labor and equipment had increased more than 50% since the June 2021 agreement. Representatives with archi- tecture rm Corgan stated that a 1,250-seat venue would carry a price tag of between $135.7 million-$151.1 million. A 1,500-seat venue would cost between $146.1 million-$158.2 mil- lion, and a 1,750-seat venue could cost as much as $181.1 million, according to Corgan estimates. The Aug. 11 announcement states that due to “each partner’s unique priorities, responsibility to its stakeholders and cost concerns,” the eort would not proceed. “We are thankful for the support and vision from the city of Frisco and Craig Hall throughout this partnership exploration,” FISD school board President René

Archambault said in the news release. “We share the same goal of an expanded and thriving arts community in Frisco, and we look forward to help- ing shape that future through increased opportunities for young people in the ne arts. The community’s investment in arts education will ripple throughout our community for generations.” Frisco Mayor Je Cheney stated the process to get to this point was thorough. “We learned so much about the state of the arts in our community,” he said in the release. “As a result, I’m more condent than ever Frisco can support a premier performing arts facility beneting the entire region. While this partnership project is changing direc- tion, the district remains the city’s most valued partner.” Hall said in the release that Hall Group remained committed to increasing Frisco’s access to the arts. “While this particular partnership has changed course, we are still actively sup- porting the city of Frisco’s development of a programmed community park,” he said in the release.

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initial plan called for Frisco partner- ing with the cities of Allen and Plano on a Collin County arts hall. But that deal fell apart after a majority of vot- ers decided in May 2011 to withdraw Frisco’s bond money. A decade later, FISD, the city and Hall Group signed an agreement to build a $100 million performing arts center within Hall Park. The plan was to combine the district’s bond funds with $14 million from the city, $10 mil- lion from Hall Group founder Craig Hall and private funds for a facility of no more than 1,500 seats. Hall also agreed to donate the land for the project. Some local arts supporters advo- cated for a larger facility to attract touring Broadway shows and other commercial acts. A fundraising campaign launched in August 2021 set out to raise $100 million more for the project. An online petition about the

The city of Frisco and Frisco ISD announced Aug. 11 they are parting ways on a plan to build a joint performing arts center in conjunction with Hall Group and the redevelop- ment eorts at its oce park. The announcement states that FISD will proceed with plans to build a performing arts center for district use on school property with $43 million approved by voters in 2018. A site has not yet been chosen. The city will pursue options for a separate performing arts center in partnership with Hall Group that is described as “a world-class, commu- nity-centric and commercially viable” facility, the announcement stated. This is the latest in a series of eorts that began more than two decades ago to build a large-scale arts hall for the Frisco community. An

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