Stories to follow in 2019: Officials want private partner for performing arts center

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What we reported

Frisco City Council contracted Parkhill, Smith & Cooper last year to conduct a feasibility study for an arts facility. The study showed that local arts groups are leaving the city to find rehearsal and performance space elsewhere. The city has about $14 million in bond funds to dedicate to building performing arts center.

As part of FISD’s $691 million bond proposition, $43 million is planned to go toward a fine arts auditorium for students to use for performances, school rehearsals and classes.

In a previous Community Impact Newspaper article, city and school officials said they would like to have a private partner to help with the cost of a performing arts center.

“The city doesn’t have an interest in owning and operating a performing arts center; government isn’t good at that,” Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney previously stated. “But we think we’d be a good partner in those efforts.”

The latest

Several groups have reached out to the district as potential partners for its performing arts center. In December the district put together an internal committee that will meet with different potential partners, according to FISD.

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Nicole Luna is the Senior Reporter for Frisco. She covers development, transportation, education, business and city government. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Spanish from The University of Texas at Arlington and has been with Community Impact Newspaper since June 2015.
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