Performing Arts Center to Come to Frisco – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
The long-standing vision of bringing a performing arts center to Frisco is finally coming to fruition.
After nearly 15 years of discussions, a performing arts center designed with “student priority” will be built in Frisco at Hall Park Business Center as part of a public-private partnership.
Frisco ISD’s board of directors voted on Tuesday to approve a development deal with developer Craig Hall and his real estate company, Hall Group.
“We are delighted that students have a state-of-the-art place to perform, hone their
skills and develop their passion for the arts, ”Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney said in a press release. “An art installation has been a community dream in the making for over a decade. We are very grateful for the leadership and commitment of FISD and
Craig Hall to make such a gathering place a reality.
The state-owned Performing Arts Center includes a main performance hall owned by Frisco ISD that can accommodate up to 1,500 people. A smaller room belonging to the city of Frisco will accommodate a maximum of 300 people.
The city said the total budgeted cost for the project, which also includes a nearby garage and park, is $ 130 million.
According to a city press release, the city of Frisco and the Frisco Community Development Corporation, which also voted to approve the deal, are contributing $ 62 million. Frisco ISD contributes $ 43 million from bonds approved by voters in 2018.
Hall and Hall Park is contributing $ 25 million, including $ 15 million for the park, which Hall will donate to Frisco once construction of the park is complete, the city said.
The five-acre park will feature open green spaces and a children’s play area as well as an art pavilion.
“This facility will be a home for thousands of Frisco ISD students who participate in the visual and performing arts,” Frisco ISD School Board President René Archambault said in a press release.
Frisco City Council unanimously approved the partnership on June 1 and approved a fine-tuned deal on June 22, which comes after the Star in Frisco resulted from another public-private partnership with the Dallas Cowboys in 2016. .
Design for the project is expected to begin on Jan.3, 2022, according to the agreement.
In 2011, the town of Frisco pulled out of a joint arts hall project with Plano and Allen after voters voted against funding for the now defunct project, the Dallas Morning News reported.