Top 15 most-read stories in Frisco for 2018

The city of Frisco is purchasing a 390-acre property on Brinkmann Ranch at the southwest corner of Preston Road and Panther Creek Parkway to build a community park with sports fields.

The city of Frisco is purchasing a 390-acre property on Brinkmann Ranch at the southwest corner of Preston Road and Panther Creek Parkway to build a community park with sports fields.

Development, transportation—including scooters—and restaurant closures topped the list of the most-read stories of 2018. See the top 15 stories below.


1. Chinese development group to bring mall project to US 380 corridor
Lesso America, a subsidiary of building material manufacturer China Lesso Group Holdings Ltd., plans to build a multilevel shopping center project with additional retail, office, hotel and urban-living residential units.





2. TxDOT releases 5 potential alignment options for US 380 in Collin County
The Texas Department of Transportation hosted public meetings earlier this year to share five possible alignment options and three roadway options for relieving traffic and congestion on US 380.





3. Owner closes Mattito’s Tex-Mex and Tavolo Italia in Frisco Square
Mattito’s Tex-Mex and Tavolo Italia both closed in January after the owner said he had been "battling all the changes up there in Frisco for nine years."





4. Frisco City Council gives Bird scooters the boot after less than two weeks
Frisco City Council ordered Bird to remove its fleet of scooters in December after the company unexpectedly dropped them off in various locations across the city.





5. City prepares for infrastructure needs in North Frisco
The city is preparing the infrastructure needed for a wave of development coming to Frisco's northern region, which has been largely undeveloped.





6. Frisco setting new standards for US 380 development
The US 380 side of Frisco has been largely undeveloped for years, but the city is taking steps to change that.





7. City of Frisco to purchase 390-acre property on Brinkmann Ranch for future park, athletic fields
A 390-acre land purchase on Brinkmann Ranch would later be known to be the future site of The University of North Texas' branch campus.





8. Electrical fire at AT&T data center in Richardson causes widespread U-verse service outage
A fire damaged electrical systems that provide AT&T U-verse service to customers across North Texas.





9. Frisco Planning and Zoning OKs new mixed-use development to include Lifetime Fitness
The Frisco Planning and Zoning Commission approved a new mixed-use development in June that will bring a Lifetime Fitness gym and office and retail buildings.





10. Frisco ISD board gets another security update; students plan walkout April 20
Following recent school shootings, the Frisco ISD board of trustees received a presentation on current and upcoming security measures, and students planned to participate in National School Walkout Day on April 20.





11. Bahama Buck’s has closed on Legacy Drive in Frisco
Bahama Buck's closed in September but reopened in December under new ownership.





12. PDQ closes the doors of its Frisco location
The chicken finger chain closed its North Texas locations in January.





13. CENSUS: Frisco ranks as No. 1 fastest-growing US city
U.S. Census population estimates released in May revealed that Frisco was the No. 1 fastest-growing city nationally in 2016-17.





14. $750 million transportation-heavy bond referendum to appear on Nov. 6 ballots for Collin County voters
Collin County commissioners unanimously called for a $750 million bond referendum to appear on the Nov. 6 ballot. Voters approved the bond proposition.





15. Bird launches fleet of electric scooters in Frisco
Bird launched a fleet of scooters in early December before Frisco City Council ordered them to be removed from the city (see the No. 4 story).