Category Archives: Frisco

Frisco ranks No. 1 as Money’s best place to live

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Frisco was ranked the No. 1 Best Place to Live by Money. (Courtesy city of Frisco)

Money, published by Time, Inc., has ranked Frisco as No. 1 in its annual list of Best Places to Live.

The listing looks at any U.S. city with a population of more than 50,000 people and considers schools, flourishing economies, vibrant communities and low crime rates, according to Money.

The magazine states that Frisco has a “relatively low cost of living compared with its higher incomes and booming job growth.”

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Chinese development group to bring mall project to US 380 corridor

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A multilevel mall project is planned to introduce Chinese home goods to the American market. (Rendering courtesy city of Frisco)

Frisco City Council approved to rezone 77 acres on Tuesday along US 380 for a multilevel shopping center project with additional retail, office, hotel and urban-living residential units.

The rezoning request was approved with the condition that the developer would begin construction on 100,000 square feet of office space plus the first phase of the mall and retail aspects before receiving a building permit for any residential building.

Lesso America, a subsidiary of building material manufacturer China Lesso Group Holdings Ltd., has owned the land for two years and plans to move its American headquarters to the development.

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Frisco City Council delays decision on planned Chinese shopping center on US 380

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(Courtesy City of Frisco)

Frisco City Council tabled a rezoning request that would allow a multilevel shopping center with additional retail, office, hotel and urban living residential on 77 acres south of US 380 and west of Dallas Parkway.

The proposal has been tabled until the Sept. 4 meeting.

Several council members expressed concern regarding the multifamily component of the development. Some council members also questioned the concept of the development and whether it would be successful.

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Self-driving cars roll into Frisco: 7 things to know about Drive.ai’s autonomous ride-hailing service

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Drive.ai launched its self-driving car service in Frisco this week. The six-month pilot program will transport passengers within a geofenced area.

Here are seven facts you need to know about this program:

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Possible bond election, tax rate to be discussed at Thursday’s Frisco ISD board meeting

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(Nicole Luna/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Frisco ISD board of trustees will discuss bond recommendations and the proposed 2018 tax rate during Thursday’s special meeting.

The meeting agenda does not include details as to what the recommendations are. The board would not be making any decisions on an election during this special meeting but would be discussing the items again during the Aug. 13 regular board meeting, FISD spokeswoman Meghan Cone said. The last day the board could call an election for a bond proposition or a tax ratification election to appear on the November ballot is Aug. 20, she said.

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Developers break ground on 450-unit multifamily community at The Gate in Frisco

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Work began this week on a new 425-unit luxury multifamily community within Frisco’s 40-acre development, The Gate.

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Courtesy JPI

Jefferson at The Gate is located on the northwest corner of the Dallas North Tollway and John Hickman Parkway. The Gate is a $1 billion development first announced in 2016 and will include more than 650,000 square feet of office space, 130,000 square feet of retail space and a luxury hotel.

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Frisco’s public safety funding grows as local threats begin to rise

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In recent months several threats have been made in Frisco toward schools and Stonebriar Centre, the oldest major development in Frisco. As about 10 new large developments make their way to Frisco, public safety officials say they are continually monitoring the city’s security needs.

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City of Frisco/Community Impact Newspaper

In early May, Matin Azizi-Yarand was arrested and charged with making a terroristic threat and criminal solicitation of capital murder against a peace officer. According to investigators, Yarand was planning an ISIS-inspired mass shooting at Stonebriar Centre.

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Frisco’s homestead exemption increases to 10 percent

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Frisco City Council approved an increase to the homestead exemption from 7.5 percent to 10 percent for fiscal year 2019, a 2.5 percent increase.

According to the preliminary projections for fiscal year 2019, the average home value is increasing by approximately 6 percent.The exemption will not go into effect until next year, but the recommendation needed to be approved by June 30 to affect taxes paid in 2019.

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