A new multiuse development planned for north Frisco will feature a cluster of four restaurants with outdoor patios plus a food truck park, all overlooking a green space area with an existing pond.
Apartments and single-family homes would also border the green space at Frisco Crossing, while several retail stores would go up nearby and a dozen more eateries would border the edges of the 83.8 acres at the southwest corner of Farm-To-Market Road 423 and U.S. 380, according to documents filed with the zoning case.
The Planning & Zoning Commission has endorsed the planned development zoning for the project, as have Frisco City Council members who are expected to approve the zoning change from agricultural in coming weeks.
“I almost shed a tear when I saw this development plan,” Council member Jeff Cheney said, praising the creative design, patio restaurants and use of green space. “We want more of this in Frisco.
“I think this is a destination people are going to drive to,” he said.
The food truck park and outside dining areas will sit 10 to 14 feet above the green space, which already includes many mature trees, explained Charles Hodges, whose firm Hodges and Associates Architecture in Dallas is designing the project for the Rudman Partnership.
The Rudman Partnership is the Dallas developer behind Frisco Station, one of the North Dallas Tollway developments in Frisco’s $5 Billion Mile.
The plan includes steps down into the green space as well as hike and bike trails on both sides of the water feature, Hodges said.
He likened the project with its patio restaurants, greenspace and a stage for outdoor concerts to The Arboretum, a dining destination area in northwest Austin.
“You never knew which restaurants you were going to go to,” he said. “You just wanted to go to The Arboretum and sit outside.”
The plan includes bicycle parking, outdoor seating and architectural features aimed at attracting passing motorists.
The proposed zoning would allow for a maximum of 740 multifamily units, which Hodges expects will help energize the restaurants on weekdays.
John Lettelleir, director of development services for the city, said having homes, apartments and restaurants overlooking the open space should provide a measure of security by eliminating blind spots with views into it from all side.
“I love the restaurants and the greens and the water feature that will be there,” Council member Bob Allen said. “I think it is going to be a signature development.”