Grassy rooftops and an outdoor movie screen: 3 things to know about Tuesday’s Frisco P&Z meeting


During Tuesday’s Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, the commission approved plans for a new Cinemark Theatre and a new mixed-use development in downtown Frisco. The commission also discussed and tabled a proposed residential development with green features.

Cinemark Theatre

Cinemark plans to build a new 10-screen theater at the southwest corner of US 380 and the Dallas North Tollway. The theater includes an outdoor movie screen with a sloped viewing lawn. The theater will be located at a development known as Frisco North. The commission approved the site plan for the theater and two commercial buildings.

Tower at the Rail

The commission also approved a rezoning request for Tower at the Rail, a mixed-use development planned for the southwest corner of Elm and Seventh streets, the former location of Frank’s Tires.

The development will encompass a two-story building in which the bottom floor will have retail shops and the top floor will have restaurants. There will also be eight luxury townhouses that will surround the building and share an open space.

Homes with ‘grass roofs’

Representatives with Total Environment presented plans for a residential development unlike anything in Frisco.

The development is a 57-acre plot of land on the northeast corner of Independence Parkway and Rolater Road. The homes in the proposed development would have a modern, sleek interior while the outside would have customized gardens, including grassy rooftops.

Residents from neighborhoods surrounding the proposed development addressed the commission Tuesday. Some resident spoke in favor of the development, saying the developers addressed any concerns they had. Other residents opposed the development with the concern that the concept is so different that it would not be successful in Frisco.

The commissioners said they had too many questions about the feasibility of the development to move forward with it. Instead, they voted to table the proposal and discuss it at an upcoming work session.

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Lindsey Juarez Monsivais
Lindsey has been involved in newspapers in some form since high school. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2014 with a degree in Journalism. While attending UTA, she worked for The Shorthorn, the university's award-winning student newspaper. She was hired as Community Impact Newspaper's first Frisco reporter in 2014. Less than a year later, she took over as the editor of the Frisco edition. Since then, she has covered a variety of topics and issues important to the community, including the city's affordable housing shortage, the state's controversial A-F school accountability system and the city's "Bury the Lines" efforts.
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