The Ritchey Gin rezoning approved, projected to add jobs to downtown Frisco

The Ritchey Gin will be five stories tall. (Courtesy city of Frisco)
The Ritchey Gin will be five stories tall. (Courtesy city of Frisco)

The Ritchey Gin will be five stories tall. (Courtesy city of Frisco)

A downtown development in the works is set to add jobs and parking to downtown Frisco.

The Frisco Planning & Zoning Commission approved a request to rezone 2.6 acres from original town commercial and townhome to original town commercial on the northeast corner of First Street and Elm Street.

The rezoning accommodates for a project by Nack Development for The Ritchey Gin, which plans to offer 135,000 square feet of office space and restaurants, according to previous reporting by Community Impact Newspaper.

This development was previously The Calaboose, which was planned to offer townhomes and less office space.

Development Services Director John Lettelleir said The Ritchey Gin development aligns well with Frisco’s master plan for downtown as it will add employment opportunities to the area.


“This is a great anchor on this side of downtown,” he said at the meeting.

The Ritchey Gin plans to add structured parking as well as open space with benches and landscaping, according to city documents.

Lettellier said a parking deal is in the works with the city to add public parking after 5 p.m., but the deal is not completed or official.

Commissioner Brittany Colberg voiced support of the project at the meeting, citing benefits to downtown Frisco.

“I am excited to see what is happening downtown; I know it’s been a long time coming,” Colberg said at the meeting. “I think this is an excellent project.”

Chair Robert Cox said the project’s open space element will be “exceptional.”

The Ritchey Gin is projected to be completed in fall 2021, per previous reporting.
By Elizabeth Ucles
Elizabeth is the reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Frisco edition. She graduated from St. Edward's University with a degree in Writing and Rhetoric with a journalism concentration and a minor in Spanish in May 2019. Elizabeth covers public and higher education, development and transportation.


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