Plans for a UNT branch in Frisco raise concerns about straining state funds
Written by Valerie Wigglesworth and Eva-Marie Ayala
Frisco and University of North Texas officials on Tuesday unveiled a plan for a 5,000-student branch. But the plan to add one more university campus to a North Texas region already served by almost 40 traditional colleges and universities has some lawmakers and education officials vowing to look closely at the plan before giving it their support.
Some state leaders are concerned that Texas may be building too many campuses and programs when public funding is already stretched thin ... Paredes worries that more programs sharing limited state dollars would mean declines in higher-education quality overall.
Construction begins on new project in downtown Frisco; more projects to come
...Nack Development in spring 2017 announced plans for several projects that would bring more retail, restaurants and even residential to the downtown area including The Tower at The Rail...
...The Tower at The Rail, 8763 Seventh St., will include eight luxury townhouses with rooftop terraces overlooking neighboring restaurants and retail including Boxcar Bakery and furniture store Boxcar House. Construction is expected to be complete next spring...
...The Patios at The Rail, a three-story building to be constructed at 7561 Main St., is planned to include retail, restaurants, office space, an event center, two rooftop patios, a park and a parking garage. Construction plans still need to be approved by the city, but the project could break ground in September with construction taking about 12 months, Churchman said.
...Churchman said The Patios has caught the attention of some international restaurateurs from Brisbane, Australia, who have signed an agreement to bring Honour Espresso, a coffee shop, to the development.
In February, Nack Development announced a third project, The Calaboose, on the southwest corner of Main Street and Second Street. The upscale residential community will consist of 20 luxury townhouses and more office space. The project still needs City Council approval for rezoning, but Churchman said it could break ground next year.
Nack Development is also working on building a new theater, called Nack Theater, on the southeast corner of Second and Oak streets. The theater will be home to the Frisco Youth Theatre.
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