Frisco City Council OKs refined agreement for performing arts center

The city of Frisco is in partnership with FISD and Hall Group to build a $67 million performing arts center at Hall Park. Development also includes a complimentary parking garage and 5-acre park linking the future facility with The Star in Frisco. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)
The city of Frisco is in partnership with FISD and Hall Group to build a $67 million performing arts center at Hall Park. Development also includes a complimentary parking garage and 5-acre park linking the future facility with The Star in Frisco. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of Frisco is in partnership with FISD and Hall Group to build a $67 million performing arts center at Hall Park. Development also includes a complimentary parking garage and 5-acre park linking the future facility with The Star in Frisco. (Matt Payne/Community Impact Newspaper)

Frisco City Council followed the Frisco ISD board of trustees June 22 and unanimously approved a refined agreement for a performing arts center.

The agreement approved in a special meeting is in partnership with FISD and Hall Group to build a $67 million performing arts center at Hall Park. Development also includes a complimentary parking garage and 5-acre park linking the future facility with The Star in Frisco.

“It's been a great journey working with the school district and Mr. Hall to get here and bring this to you today,” Deputy City Manager Ron Patterson said.

The city is contributing $14 million in voter-approved bond money toward the performing arts center, the agreement details, and will own a community venue with at least 250 seats. The school district is using $43 million in bond funds that were approved by district voters in 2018 and will own and operate the main 1,250- to 1,500-seat performance hall. Hall Group founder Craig Hall is contributing $10 million for its construction.

Frisco City Council initially approved an agreement for the performing arts center June 1. Changes from the last document better define roles and responsibilities around site plans, a memo from Patterson reads.



In addition, Patterson told City Council the new agreement caps the main performance hall to 1,500 seats. Donations collected before Jan. 3 toward the facility cannot go past that seat maximum, according to Patterson. Funds collected will also go toward facade and equipment upgrades, he said.

Each City Council member celebrated the project following Patterson’s presentation, thanking FISD for its heavy involvement.

“I’ve said it before; I’ll say it again: Frisco ISD is the crown jewel of Frisco,” Council Member Dan Stricklin said. “They’re a wonderful partner, and not only do we have incredible sports facilities, [but] we will now have a world-class performing arts center because of our partnership.”

The special council meeting followed one held by the FISD board of trustees earlier in the day, in which it also unanimously approved the agreement.

Design process for the performing arts center starts Jan. 3. That date is also the deadline for any additional funds toward the facility.

By Matt Payne
Matt Payne reports on Frisco City Hall and its committees, Collin County Commissioners and McKinney business. His experience includes serving as online content editor at Fort Worth Magazine and city editor at the Killeen Daily Herald. He is a 2017 graduate of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas in Denton.


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