Frisco | September 2022

The rst step has been taken to work on Frisco’s downtown. The process started in 2018. OCTOBER 2018 Council OKs updates to the Downtown Master Plan. Priorities include walkability and a plaza. SEPTEMBER 2019 a district DESIGNING Kimley-Horn and Mesa Design Group are contracted to create conceptual designs. JANUARY 2021 Council amends the contract to provide about $1.3 million for project design. AUGUST 2022 Updated renderings are presented with a projected cost of nearly $45 million. Construction on Main Street and 4th Street Plaza is expected to begin in fall 2023 after designs have been completed. FALL 2023

The price increased after council members told Kimley-Horn and Mesa Design Group to ne-tune what they wanted to see in the project. The rms illustrated the original $15 million would not provide all the features the council wanted. Kimley-Horn and Mesa Design Group rms also presented three scenarios for redeveloping Main Street during the Aug. 2 work session. Scenario 1, which council members chose to move for- ward with, would be a complete build- out from First Street to County Road. All parkways, medians, street pave- ment and intersections would be made new at a projected cost of $22.7 million. Overhead electrical power can be buried underground from 5th Street to County Road for an additional $1 mil- lion per block. Council members chose to move forward with this design for an additional $3 million. The pricing is an early estimate, according to the Kimley-Horn and Mesa Design Group representative. It factors in a 20% construction contingency and 15% ination contingency. “To me, this is the right thing for our city,” City Council Member Ange- lia Pelham said during an Aug. 2 work session. “I just think our downtown is so incongruent with the rest of the city,

construction of the rst scenario on Main Street and the 4th Street plaza, but it would mean other projects, such as the planned widening of Lebanon Road from Teel Parkway to FM 423, might be put on hold. That project is in the design phase. If a bond election is called for and passed in May, there would not be a need to pause any projects to fund the redevelopment, Brodigan said. Kimley-Horn and Mesa Design Group plan to start on the detailed design of the rst scenario for Main Street and come back to present new renderings and updated cost estimates. During the Aug. 2 work session, Mayor Je Cheney and council mem- bers noted the signicant increase in price estimates since the last meeting, but they agreed to move forward with the designs of the Main Street and 4th Street Plaza projects. “Rather than piecemeal something together ... let’s laser-focus on the Rail District here,” Mayor Je Cheney said at the work session. “Let’s do our part to get this going and magnify it here with these projects.”

so if this closes the gap, I think this is a great investment.” Looking ahead The cost estimates of the projects increased in accordance with the increased scope that Frisco council members requested, Brodigan said. “As a result of that discussion on Aug. 2, we’re gonna have to go back and add some scope to [Main Street and 4th Street Plaza],” he said. Brodigan said he expected construc- tion on the two remaining projects to start in fall 2023, after designs have been completed. Both projects are about 60% through the design phase, he said. The two remaining Rail Dis- trict projects, 4th Street Plaza and Main Street, will probably be bid together as a single project, he said. Fourth Street Plaza is slated to cost $16.4 million, which includes plans for a stage, a water feature, a gateway mon- ument, restrooms, sidewalks, pavers, decorative walkways and more. Council members discussed fund- ing options for Main Street and the 4th Street Plaza projects, including potentially holding a bond election in May. Paul Knippel, director of engi- neering services, noted the city has enough funds to move forward with

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