Frisco City Council delays decision on planned Chinese shopping center on US 380

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Frisco City Council tabled a rezoning request that would allow a multilevel shopping center with additional retail, office, hotel and urban living residential on 77 acres south of US 380 and west of Dallas Parkway.

The proposal has been tabled until the Sept. 4 meeting.

Several council members expressed concern regarding the multifamily component of the development. Some council members also questioned the concept of the development and whether it would be successful.

Lesso America, a subsidiary of building material manufacturer China Lesso Group Holdings Ltd., is planning the development, which is planned to to have an enclosed shopping center with showrooms for Chinese-brand home products as well as other retail and restaurants.

Barry Hand, a principal at architecture and design firm Gensler, said the development is a concept that is successful in Asia and one that Lesso would like to bring to the United States.

“In a very loose way, think of it as a Chinese IKEA,” Hand said. “How IKEA brings Scandinavian manufacturing together into one collection of home goods and housewares, [it’s a] similar concept that Lesso has in bringing Chinese manufacturing.”

The development is planned to have three different districts: a frontage district with a mixture of retail, hotel and office; a lifestyle district that would contain most of the retail with one urban living tower; and a southern district that would contain mostly urban living units, as well as some office, hotel and retail space.

Council Member Shona Huffman said the plans for the development did not originally include multifamily units when the project was first presented to the council at a work session. Council Member Will Sowell said if the original plans had included multifamily units, the council’s feedback on the development might have been different.

The property would be allowed to have a maximum of 1,200 multifamily units if it is rezoned.

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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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