FRISCO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The City of Frisco has tentatively approved plans for a major development around one of its sports venues.
What will be called Roughrider Plaza will bring retail, offices and a hotel to undeveloped land around the Dr Pepper Ballpark, Stonebriar Centre and IKEA.
The city has been working for three years on an idea for the site and now Frisco’s Planning and Zoning Commission has given the go ahead for a proposal.
A large plaza with a lawn area will be surrounded by a restaurant, three retail buildings and three office buildings as well as parking garages to compensate for the parking lot that will go away to make room for the project.
The city bought the land for $6.5 million in 2015 and has been working on this idea for a plaza next to the ballpark ever since.
Eventually a 300-room hotel built by Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi could become part of the development.
“We have done some renderings of just some concepts that we would like to see around the ballpark, but we want to see some creativity,” said Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney.
Mayor Cheney says the nearby Dr Pepper Ballpark and the Frisco Convention Center need a place for people to go before and after events there.
“This is an opportunity to create new energy around these areas that are walkable,” Mayor Cheney said.
Walkable like The Star in Frisco which inspired the city to build something similar here.
“I think The Star proved to us a new model around stadiums which is you really have to activate the area outside the stadiums,” he said.