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Construction management joins cybersecurity, nursing in baccalaureate program oerings

Collin College launched its Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the McKinney campus and Bachelor of Applied Technology in Cybersecurity at the Frisco campus in 2020. These were the college’s irst baccalaureate degrees after the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 2118 in 2017. That law granted community colleges the option to offer up to three bachelor’s degrees in nursing, applied science and applied technology. Up next is a bachelor’s degree in construction

management that will be offered at Collin College’s Technical Campus in Allen beginning this fall. Pro- gram Director Craig Johnson announced the news in a March LinkedIn post. Oficials at the county’s only public college note the affordability of the new degrees as a beneit for students on a budget. At the school’s in-district rate, students can earn a bachelor’s degree in con- struction management for about $15,000 and in CONTINUED ON 32

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The Collin College district has expanded its aca- demic offerings with a new baccalaureate program in construction management. Collin College has offered training and work- force development for both traditional and non- traditional students at 11 locations throughout the county for almost four decades. Historically, attendees have sought associate degrees, certii- cates and dual credit courses.

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NOWOPEN 1 Stonebriar Centre welcomed Lovisa on March 18 at 2601 Preston Road, Ste. 2059, Frisco. The Australia-based accessory store sells earrings, watches, body jewelry and more, including items for sensitive skin. Lovisa also offers ear piercing. The store is on the second floor of the mall near Nordstrom. 972-435-4198. www.lovisa.com 2 LuxSoma Med Spa opened March 21 at 13052 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 230, Frisco. The med spa offers women’s wellness, permanent makeup, facials and other skin care services, according to a news release. The spa’s signature service, called Scarlet RF, is a method of microneedling that tightens skin, and addresses acne scars and other texture concerns. Besides the Ritz-Carlton Spa, LuxSoma Med Spa is the only other Texas retailer that carries Espa, a vegan skin care brand, according to the release. Dr. Violetta Lozovyy, the spa’s medical director, is a board-certified OB-GYN and maternal-fetal medicine specialist. LuxSoma will hold a grand opening May 6 at 6 p.m. The celebration will feature demonstrations of spa services, light re- freshments and prizes. 214-668-0206. https://luxsomamedspa.com 3 Bella Bella Mozzarella opened March 24 at 6549 Coit Road, Ste. 126, Frisco. The pizza shop offers several pizzas, pastas, subs and sandwiches, according to an online menu. Pizza options include chicken Alfredo, Hawaiian, chicken tikka and classics, such as cheese and peppero- ni. Appetizers, such as mozzarella sticks, garlic bread and fried mushrooms are also

4 Louis Ice Cream Coffee Roasters was expected to open the first weekend in April, as of this publication’s press time, at 9500 Dallas Parkway, Ste. 200, Frisco. The coffee and sweets shop offers a vari- ety of espresso-based drinks, according to the online menu, including a latte made with Nutella and a Cookie Lover Frappe. In addition, homemade ice cream and several baked treats will be for sale. 940-465-5054. www.louisroasters.com 5 Harmony Wellness opened in Feb- ruary at 2809 Preston Road, Ste. 1250, Frisco. Shirin Bonakdar at the chiroprac- tic office offers treatment for back pain, headaches and migraines, and dizziness related to vertigo, among other symp- toms. Chiropractic care for children and pregnant individuals is also available at Harmony Wellness. 945-888-2988. www.harmonywellness-frisco.com 6 North Frisco Dental & Orthodontics opened Jan. 14 at 10475 Preston Road, Ste. 200, Frisco. Services offered at the facility include general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry, according to the company’s website. Three tiers of membership are available for patients, and the costs can be paid in yearly or monthly increments. Appointments can be requested online. 469-850-5878. www.northfriscodental.com COMING SOON 7 A new Popeyes is under construction at the food court in Stonebriar Centre, located at 2601 Preston Road, Frisco. The Louisiana-style fast food restaurant will replace Paradise Bakery, Stonebriar Centre General Manager Randy Barnett said. The restaurant is slated to open

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sometime in late spring or early summer. 972-668-4900. www.popeyes.com NAME CHANGES 8 Sugar Mama’s name changed to The Sweetest Thing in April at 2930 Preston Road, Ste. 180, Frisco. The business offers a technique known as body sugaring for hair removal that incorporates a paste made from water, sugar and lemon juice, according to the website. Specific hair removal services are detailed online. 972-339-2091. www.tstsugaring.com CLOSINGS 9 Amazon has closed a number of its storefronts, including its Amazon Books physical bookstores as well as Amazon 4-star and Amazon Pop Up shops, which sold items from amazon.com. By closing these locations, an Amazon spokesperson said the company will be able to focus on its other stores, such as Whole Foods Market, Amazon Fresh, Amazon Go and Amazon Style. The brand is “working closely” with affected Amazon employ- ees, the spokesperson said in an email. Affected locations include the Amazon 4-star at Stonebriar Centre, 2601 Preston Road, Frisco. FEATURED IMPACT COMING SOON Uncle Julio’s plans to open a Frisco location in the second half of the year near the intersection of SH 121 and Preston Road, according to a news release from the restaurant. The Tex-Mex eatery will be more than 8,500 square feet, the release stated. In addition, a 2,500-square-foot patio intended for outdoor celebrations, live music and game-watching parties will overlook a pond. Private group dining, catering, a happy hour, takeout and delivery will also be oered. The restaurant will serve made-to-order guacamole and mesquite-grilled meats, the release stated. Margaritas and a chocolate pinata, featuring a handmade chocolate globe lled with churros and berries, will also be on the menu. “We oer upscale Tex-Mex dining with made-from-scratch food, hand- crafted drinks and a unique experience

our guests can’t get anywhere else,” said John Johnson, vice president of operations and Frisco resident, in the release. “We have wanted to open in Frisco for years, and now with the perfect location, we have all the ingredients we need to create something truly special here.” Uncle Julio’s is headquartered in Dallas and rst opened in 1986, according to the release. More information can be found at www.unclejulios.com.

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EXPANSIONS 7 After opening in September, Fury Fun Center , located at 303 Main St., Frisco, ex- panded in March to open a rage room. The rage room oers a place where people are encouraged to break plates, smash bottles and bring in their own items to destroy, if desired. The Fury Fun Center is a sensory experience that allows guests to unleash their energy in a family-friendly, safe place. Fury also oers ax throwing with end grain targets and anti-bounceback walls that allow those age 8 and older to participate. Fury also oers a splatter paint room, where people can throw paint anywhere; an indoor turf eld for playing paint- ball and other sports; and party spaces. 214-998-8670. www.furyfuncenter.com ANNIVERSARIES 8 Hellas Construction marked its fth anniversary March 9 at 1 Cowboys Way, Ste. 180, Frisco. The company oers sports construction, manu- facturing, eld and track installation and maintenance. 469-287-1450. www.hellasconstruction.com 9 One River School of Art + Design marked its fth anniversary April 1 for its location at 3288 Main St., Ste. 102, Frisco. The art school oers a variety of art and digital programs to students of all ages. The school in Frisco is the rst fran- chise location in Texas. 469-362-8136. www.frisco.oneriverschool.com 10 Chído Taco Lounge celebrated its rst anniversary April 2 for its location

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NOWOPEN 1 Century Salon Suites opened in mid-March at 4747 4th Army Drive, Ste. 400, in Frisco. The small-business salon is focused on delivering “exemplary customer service” and building bonds with its tenants, said Jessica Siciliano, the owner and operator of Century Salon Suites. Suites at the salon are available to assist stylists, barbers and specialists in building and running their own busi- nesses, she said. Benets and amenities oered to tenants include the ability to set their own hours, parking, a lounge, a break room and more. 214-562-7905. www.centurysalonsuites.com

2 Main St Cuts-Color opened at the end of January at 3290 Main St., Ste. 203, Frisco. The salon provides services that include haircuts, coloring and waxing for men, women and kids. 469-200-8053. www.mainstcuts-color.com 3 My Thai & Vegan Boba & Foods opened in March at 6363 Dallas Park- way, Ste. 106, Frisco. The restaurant oers fried rice, salads, noodles, curries and more. Dishes include a green curry with coconut broth and eggplants, and a salad with glass noodles, shrimp and chicken. A separate menu is also available for vegan options. 469-200-5539. www.mythaifrisco.com

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WATCHA GLOWSHOW The Comerica Center will host The Glow Tour, a collaboration between Redline Cheer and GlitterStarz, Inc. This two- day event will feature a glow party, dance performances and glow swag for competition winners. 2601 Avenue of the Stars, Frisco. 7 a.m.-9 p.m. $25 (one day), $45 (two-day pass). 806-340-9610. www.redlinecheer.com 09 16, 23 GET A FREE GIFT To celebrate the return of spring, Stonebriar Centre will do surprise giveaways each Saturday during the month of April. Items range from succulents to beauty items and more. Giveaways on April 9 and 23 will be at Center Court. Giveaways on April 16 will be at The Body Shop. Noon-4 p.m. Free. 2601 Preston Road, Frisco. 972-668-4900. www.shopstonebriar.com 09 SHOP LOCAL The Market at The Star features fashion, jewelry, home decor and more from more than 40 vendors. In addition to shopping, attendees can enjoy a DJ and other activities. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission). 6765 Winning Drive, Frisco.

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WORTH THE TRIP Cody Walker’s FuelFest will visit the Texas Motor Speedway for a day of racing and live music. Fans and drivers can enjoy live drifting on the race track and a show featuring cars from around the world. Kids age 10 and under can participate in the opening Easter egg hunt. VIP tickets include a catered lunch, a drink voucher, lounge access, preferred parking, a silent auction and more. A portion of event proceeds will benet Reach Out WorldWide, a nonprot founded by Paul Walker. 1-8 p.m. Tickets range from $30-$300. 3545 Lone Star Circle, Fort Worth. www.fuelfest.com

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10 JOINA BOOK CLUB The Frisco Library hosts an ESL book club for adults learning English. Each month, members read one short book and discuss it with the club. This month’s book is “No Return Address” by Gail Anderson-Dargatz. 2-3 p.m. Free. 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. 972-292-5669. https://friscolibrary.com 15 LISTEN TO LIVEMUSIC Music lovers age 16 and up can head to City Hall for “Music in the Chamber,” a concert held on the third Friday of each month in the council chambers. Clarinetist Graeme Steele Johnson will perform solo and with a string quartet. 8 p.m. $10 (Frisco residents), $15 (nonresidents). 6101 Frisco Square Blvd., Frisco. 972-292-6652. www.friscotexas.gov/1491/ Music-in-the-Chamber 23 CHEER ON FC DALLAS Soccer fans can head to Toyota Stadium to cheer on Frisco’s own FC Dallas as the team plays against Houston. 2 p.m. $20-$65. 9200 World Cup Way, Frisco. 214-705-6700. www.fcdallas.com 23 WATCHA BASEBALL GAME Head to Riders Field to cheer on the Frisco RoughRiders as they take on the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in America’s favorite pastime. The night will feature post-game reworks and a boy band-

themed giveaway in celebration of “It’s Gonna Be May Night.” 6:35 p.m. $11-$50. 7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco. 972-334-

1993. www.milb.com/frisco 28 THROUGHMAY 15 GO TO THE FAIR

The Frisco Fair is returning with a giant ferris wheel, roller coasters and more rides. Food lovers can look forward to Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, the Taste of Frisco and traditional fair food. The fair will also feature a market of vendors and Instagram photo spots. 4-10 p.m. (Mon.-Thu.), 1-11 p.m. (Sat.), 1-10 p.m. (Sun.). Free (admission). 9215 John W. Elliot Drive, Frisco. 214-731-9208. www.friscofair.com MAY 07 TROTWITH YOUR TOT First3Years is hosting the third annual Baby Dash in Frisco. The 5K course begins at City Hall and winds through Frisco Square. All participants will receive a nishers medal and T-shirt. Prior to the 5K, little ones are encouraged to participate in the Tiny Tots Trot to enjoy the energy of race day. 7:45-10:30 a.m. $35. 6101 Frisco Square

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1 Coit Road Crews are excavating the northbound median in preparation for adding the third northbound lane on Coit Road from Main Street to Buckeye Drive, per a report from the city’s public works and engi- neering services. The project will widen the existing lanes of Coit from four to six lanes and is ex- pected to last into late 2022. Construction of the Coit widening project from SH 121 to Main is almost complete. That project on Coit also consisted of widening the existing lanes from four to six. Timeline: January-late 2022 Cost: $6.5 million Funding source: city of Frisco

3 Town and Country Boulevard Crews are paving eastbound lanes on Town and Country Boulevard from Spring Creek Parkway to Legacy Drive, according to the report. The project consists of re- constructing the existing two westbound lanes and adding two new eastbound lanes alongside bike lanes. Traffic is expected to switch to the new eastbound lanes in March. After the switch, crews will reconstruct the west- bound lanes. Timeline: April 2021-March 2022 Cost: $4.7 million Funding source: city of Frisco

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4 Shaddock Creek Lane Design work for future roundabouts on Shaddock Creek Lane is 90% complete as of February. The project will convert existing three-way intersections on Shad- dock Creek at Southbury and Thomasville lanes to “mini-roundabouts.” The mini-roundabouts will assist with traffic calming in the neighborhood, the report stated. In addition, a raised median just west of Stone House Lane will be added as part of the construction, according to the report. Timeline: late 2022-early 2023 Cost: $225,000 Funding source: city of Frisco

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2 Fields Parkway The design of A Fields Parkway from Teel to Dallas parkways is 90% complete as of the end of February, according to the report. The project will create a six-lane road going east and west through the upcoming mixed-use Fields development. The design from B FM 423 to Teel Parkway is about 60% complete, the report stated. This portion of Fields will create a four-lane road and a multi-lane roundabout at the intersection of Fields and Teel parkways. Timeline: early 2022-late 2023 Cost: $34.6 million Funding source: city of Frisco

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Lebanon Road Preliminary design plans to add two additional lanes to Lebanon Road are being prepared, according to the report. The addition of fth and sixth lanes between FM 423 to Todd Drive will bring this segment of Lebanon to its “ultimate conguration,” the report stated. On average, up to 30,000 vehicles travel upon this section of Lebanon a day, city data indicates. Timeline: early 2023-mid-2024 Cost: $11 million Funding source: city of Frisco ALL INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE WAS UPDATED AS OF 3/7/22. NEWS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE OR OTHER LOCAL TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS? EMAIL US AT FRSNEWS@ COMMUNITYIMPACT.COM.

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6 Legacy Drive New northbound lanes on Legacy Drive from SH 121 to Warren Parkway are being paved, according to the March report from the city’s public works and engi- neering services. The paving process will continue through April, Engineering Director Paul Knippel said. Traffic flow will switch to the new north- bound lanes once they are complete, according to Knippel. The city is expected to begin work on new southbound lanes this spring. Timeline: July 2021-spring 2023 Cost: $18.2 million Funding source: city of Frisco

New northbound lanes on Legacy Drive are smoothed over by heavy machinery.

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5 Legacy Drive extension The city is also designing an extension of Legacy Drive from Panther Creek Parkway to PGA Parkway. The design of the exten- sion is about 90% complete, according to the report. “The project will provide a complete six-lane road to fill in the last remaining gap of Legacy Drive in Frisco,” the report stated. Timeline: early 2022-late 2023 Cost: $32.5 million Funding source: city of Frisco

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REAL ESTATE Texas homeowners could receive up to $65K for late payments

BY MATT PAYNE

While the state department is aiming to have checks cut at least 15 to 20 days after an application is sent, Straley said that timeframe could vary upon circumstance. Tanya Birks, the Department of Housing program director, said while the program is open to homeowners across the state, application priority will be given to “persistent-poverty” counties. A county is considered to be in persistent poverty if a poverty rate of at least 20% has been recorded for at least 30 years. “The way it’s going to work with the application process is it’s kind of like a rst-come, rst-served [basis] as people get online and start apply-

Homeowners in Texas who have faced nancial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic may soon receive up to $65,000 in aid each from a new source of state-facilitated assistance. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Aairs has launched a homeowner assistance program to distribute $842.2 million in funds to help pay late fees. Money for the new program comes from the homeowner assistance fund under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. According to the state department, eligible homeowners can receive up to $40,000 for mortgage assistance as well as up to $25,000 for past due property tax,

A total of $842.2 million from the state of Texas will be donated on behalf of homeowners behind on mortgage, insurance and homeowners association payments.

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PROGRAMQUALIFICATIONS Homeowners may receive assistance if they meet the following qualications. Further qualications may apply.

ing,” Birks said. “But at the same time, individuals that fall within those dierent priority categories, those applications will be considered rst.” According to Birks, the nancial

Have fallen at least 30 days behind on mortgage loan, property tax, property insurance or HOA fees

Have a household income at or below 100% area median income (AMI) or 100% of the median income for the United States, whichever is greater Have experienced a qualifying nancial hardship after Jan. 21, 2020, such as lost income or increased expenses due to the pandemic

property insurance, homeowners asso- ciation or condo association fees. State department representatives met with Collin County stakeholders Feb. 18 at the Credit Union of Texas in

“JUST KEEP IN MIND THAT THIS PROGRAM ISMORE ABOUT LONG TERMCOMMUNITY RECOVERY.” TANYA BIRKS, DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Own and occupy a home in Texas as a primary residence

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“I know that with these grant pro- grams, there’s always so many little nitpicky things, and that’s why there’s always so many questions,” Birks said. “But with this one, just keep in mind that this program is more about long- term community recovery.” The goal of the program is to expend all funds by 2026, according to Birks. Homeowners can learn more about the program at

www.texashomeownerassistance.com and apply for assistance through an online application portal. Assistance is available via phone at 1-833-651-3874. Applicants are required to submit an identication card, such as a driver’s license, alongside past- due mortgage statements. Those applying for aid are also required to submit proof of occupancy and income.

Allen to discuss the new initiative and described it as a means to prevent displacement and foreclosures related to the pandemic. Once applications are processed, money will be sent on behalf of homeowners directly to HOAs, tax assessor-collectors, insurance com- panies and loan servicers, according to Michelle Straley, a senior nancial analyst with the state department.

assistance will be distributed

through partnerships between the state housing department, and local nonprots and city governments throughout the state. Birks added that the state is also “not going to try to come in and butt heads” given that organizations on the local level have programs already in place to reach residents facing nancial hardship.

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intended to be a “multiuse” structure that could serve those observing wildlife and bird watchers. “We thought that a better approach would be to try and t it into the natural environment as much as we could,” Coates said. Frisco ISD students will also have a say in what they want to see in North- west Community Park. Play Frisco this spring will col- laborate with the school district in an educational outreach program, according to Assistant Director of Com- munications Meghan Cone. Cone said some students in kindergarten through eighth grade will watch short video presentations on the park and will have an opportunity to share input. “After watching a short video presentation, some students in these grade levels will be given the opportunity to complete a short online survey or write or draw ideas for what they would like to see or do at their dream playground,” she said. A nal design on the park is expected to come by the end of 2022.

A park in the vicinity of the upcom- ing PGA of America headquarters in Frisco could become a haven for outdoor exploration and cyclists. Play Frisco, the Frisco Parks and Recreation Department, is working to rene plans for Northwest Commu- nity Park. Plans shared by the city in February for the 164-acre park east of Teel Parkway call for 10.7 miles of hike-and-bike trails; 7.2 miles of one-person, single-track trails; and paths through prairie land. The construction cost for several future amenities in the park is estimated to be $24.5 million, city ocials said in October. In addition, Play Frisco is working to rene its concept of a potential large biking tower, which cyclists would scale and ride down. The latest concept art is inspired by locust trees, said Play Frisco Director Shannon Coates, and features an enclosed structure to bolster the safety of those using the tower. Coates added that the bike tower is

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DISTRICT EVENTS THROUGH APRIL 13: ART SHOW Frisco ISD will highlight art from students in Centennial, Emerson and Independence high school feeder patterns. Art will be on display in the foyer of the FISD Administration Building at 5515 Ohio Drive, Frisco. APRIL 7: COLLEGE AND JOB FAIR The district’s Career and Technical Education Center at 9889 Wade Blvd., Frisco, will host a job fair from 5-7 p.m. for students ages 16-18. Students should arrive professionally dressed with resumes and be prepared for interviews. There will also be colleges and organizations present for seniors looking to nalize their post- graduation plans and juniors starting their college search. Parents will not be allowed at the job fair. MAY 4: SUMMER SCHOOL WEBINAR Sta will share information about secondary school registration dates and courses from 6-7 p.m. Registration is required. Frisco ISD board of trustees Meets April 11 at 6:30 p.m. www.friscoisd.org MEETINGSWE COVER

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Collin College earns military-friendly rank COLLIN COLLEGE Viqtory, publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine, has awarded Collin College with a silver ranking among military-friendly schools. This is the seventh year in a row the college has received a military-friendly designation in the large community college category, according to a March 16 news release. More than 1,800 schools partici- pated in the 2022 survey performed by Viqtory. Colleges were evaluated by survey responses and public data, the release said.

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$866,900, per district documents. Hellas Construction will replace the track at Liberty High School for approximately $466,650, per meeting documents. Paragon Sports Constructors will replace synthetic turf on athletic elds at Centennial, Frisco and Independence high schools, per meeting documents. Paragon will also upgrade the tracks at Pearson and Trent middle schools.

FRISCO ISD The district will update several campuses this summer following approval from the board of trustees at its March meeting. The upgrades will be funded through the 2018 bond. Enviromatic Systems will replace heating, ventilation and air conditioning controls at Frisco High School, Grin Middle School, and Gunstream and Sparks elementary schools for just over

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Frisco City Council Meets at 6:30 p.m. April 19 www.friscotexas.gov Collin County Commissioners Court Meets at 1:30 p.m. April 11, 18 www.collincountytx.gov Denton County Commissioners Court Meets at 9 a.m. April 12, 19, 26 www.dentoncounty.gov MEETINGSWE COVER CITY HIGHLIGHTS FRISCO The Frisco Economic Development Corp. hired Jasmin Brand as its rst director of innovation, per a March 24 news release. In her new role, Brand will help encourage new investments, businesses and jobs, the release stated. FRISCO The planning and zoning commission on March 22 approved the addition of about 61 townhomes to the Edgestone residential project at 4th Army Drive and Stonebrook Parkway. Roughly 11 acres would be allocated to the townhome development. Included are 1.8 acres to be developed as usable open space for neighborhood events, meeting documents stated. City Council will consider the project April 19.

Brewery development gets $3.6M in city funds FRISCO City Council on March 15 approved an agreement that calls for more than $3.6 million in grants, the bulk of which will go towards parking at a new 40,000 square feet of new development at 6601 Frisco Square Blvd. Nack Development is set to begin construction this year on the home of Frisco Brewing Company, which is expected to open in 2023. A presentation from city sta outlined a three- story, 22,665-square-foot oce building and a nearly

CITYGRANTS About $3.6 million in grants from city entities are planned.

of the parking garage cost or The city will fund the lesser of either 50% $3.5M. The Frisco Economic Development Corp. will $123,200. provide an infrastructure grant of

Road, water and sewer fees 50%. will be waived by

SOURCE: CITY OF FRISCOCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

16,000-square-foot building for the brewery and a restaurant, each divided by open space. In addition, a roughly $7 million, three-story parking garage with at least 208 spaces is planned.

Laura Rummel wins special runoelection for Place 5 on City Council

FRISCO The next Frisco resident to assume Place 5 on City Council has been decided. Laura Rummel accumu- latedmore votes than Tracie Reveal Shipman onMarch 26 in a special run- o election to ll City Council Member Dan Stricklin’s seat. Voter turnout was 3.94% out of 124,169 registered voters, according to unocial vote tallies from Collin and Denton counties.

In total, Rummel collected 2,509 votes, or 51.3%. Rummel will be sworn in April 19. She said she is “very excited” to serve

TOTAL VOTES Unocial vote tallies show 4,893 votes were cast in the runo election. Tracie Reveal Shipman: 2,384 votes, 48.7% Laura Rummel: 2,509 votes, 51.3% SOURCES: COLLIN COUNTY ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT, DENTON COUNTY ELECTIONS DEPARTMENTCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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Frisco residents, and noted she has campaigned for a seat on City Council since January 2020.

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