Frisco’s New Shopping Development
Frisco’s planning commission has given Chinese developers the go-ahead to build a huge shopping and mixed-use development on the north side of the city.
The 77-acre development on U.S. Highway 380 will include a half million-square-foot shopping mall.
Additional plans include a wholesale trade mart and high-rise office buildings.
Other developers have proposed ideas for hotels and some 1,200 apartments just west of the Dallas North Tollway.
Buildings as tall as 25 floors could be built in the project and a mall will sit on top of a two-level parking garage.
A street through the heart of the project will be lined with retail and restaurants.
Preliminary designs for the project show buildings with striking designs.
About 1,200 apartments or condominiums are planned mostly on the south side of the project in buildings ranging in height from seven to 18 stories.
The developers would have to build the first-phase shopping mall before starting any residential.
The inclusion of apartments in the mixed-use urban district didn’t sit well with plan commissioner Robert Roberti.
Plan commission chairman Rob Cox said the urban residential is needed in that location.
Planning commissioners commented that the enclosed shopping center stands out in an era where malls around the country are closing.
The project still must get final approval from Frisco’s city council.
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