Downtown REVIVING Frisco City Council members are looking to reconstruct parts of the Rail District, which will be done in three phases. MAIN STREET From First Street to County Road
“It’s going to be tremendous for the Rail District,” he said. Elm Street work Project construction typically starts about six weeks after City Council members approve the contract award, Brodigan said. During that time, the contract is signed and the construction rm starts preparing for the project. At this point it remains unclear how construction will progress on Elm Street, because the city hired the con- tractor after council approval on Aug. 2, and those details are being worked out, Brodigan said. The contractor can make changes to the construction plan, Brodigan said. The project involves a lot of pave- ment replacement, Brodigan said, so certain parts of the road might be closed for a period of time. “[We] can’t do construction without being a little disruptive to normal oper- ations, but we’re going to always try to minimize that,” he said. Redeveloping the Rail District Frisco’s Downtown Master Plan emphasizes improving walkability and planning for a plaza along 4th Street, according to the master plan document. To help achieve this, council mem- bers approved a contract with Kim- ley-Horn and Mesa Design Group to create conceptual design documents for downtown street improvements in September 2019. Initial design con- cepts focused on improving Main Street and Elm Street, and adding the plaza, according to city documents. Representatives from Kimley-Horn and Mesa Design Group presented design updates during council work sessions in June and August to gather feedback. Each section of the project was budgeted at $5 million a piece, for a total of $15 million. But by the end of the August work session the price tag had tripled, totaling nearly $45 million.
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Sidewalks and existing pavement will be replaced. Additional on-street parking, new streetlights, water and wastewater improvements, and a new trac signal at the intersection of 5th Street and Elm Street will be added, according to council meeting docu- ments. Construction is expected to take six months. Work on Elm Street is the rst of three Rail District redevelopment projects expected to take place in Frisco’s down- town. The other two projects, which are focused on Main Street and building a 4th Street plaza, are expected to start in late 2023, Frisco’s Assistant Engineering Director Jason Brodigan said. After considering dierent design options for the three projects, Donny Churchman, CEO and president of Nack Development, said it was nice to see the city moving forward with construction on Elm Street. Churchman and Nack Development have worked in the Rail District for about six years, opening several key projects in the area, such as Patios at The Rail, The Terrace and the upcoming Frisco Brewing Company. Redeveloping Elm Street and devel- oping a 4th Street plaza will be more conducive to commercial businesses in the area, Churchman said. “They’ve done a really good job on intertwining all the dierent com- ments and then coming back with new iterations,” he said. “Where they’re at now—I think it’s a pretty good place.” Once construction is completed on all three projects, it will be important to “activate” those spaces, Churchman said. Developers can move into the space with food, shopping and enter- tainment options to do that. With wider sidewalks, more parking options and more places to walk to, such as the 4th Street plaza, the area can bring more people and more busi- nesses to serve them, Churchman said.
• Repave all street pavement • Rebuild all intersections
• Repave all parkways • Rebuild all medians
ELM STREET From First Street to County Road $5M
$16.4M From Elm Street to just past Main Street
• landscaping and irrigation • furnishings • restrooms • sidewalks/pavers/
• improved pavement • improved Intersections • construction and ination contingencies
• fountain • stage • gateway monument
Main Street sees about 25,486
4th Street Plaza’s most recent design plans would add a gateway monument, a stage and restrooms.
cars per day.
Elm Street Construction scheduled to start in September will replace the existing pavement, widen pedestrian walkways, and add street lighting and a trac signal at 5th Street.
Main Street will be designed with wider sidewalks, planters and brick pavers.
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