Frisco's Main Street has seen few improvements since it was built 30 years ago. The town council is hoping to change that. The Step Up Main Street project aims to make a number of renovations for both technical and aesthetic reasons.
"The primary goal of the project is to improve the drainage issues along the street as well as, since we have to do that, upgrade or modernize some of the aesthetics along the street," said community development director Jocelyn Mills.
Work will be done to re-pave Main Street with the view of resolving drainage issues. Additionally, the sidewalks on the north side of the street will have added curbs and will be widened by 2 feet, with a new brick paver design. Improved lighting is another goal.
"We want to do it right," said Frisco Mayor Gary Wilkinson.
He said that the necessity of re-paving Main Street presented an opportunity for the town to make other improvements as well. The council has planned a $3.5 million budget for the project.
"Sure we want to improve it, but people like Main Street the way it is now," he added. "It's not a big beautification project, it's more of a let's fix it project."
At the end of January, the town hosted an open house, inviting the public to come view and comment on the plans, as well as vote on preferred paver and light fixture designs. Approximately 35 people attended, representing a mixture of Frisco residents and local business owners.
Those who voted showed overwhelming support for one of the four proposed brick color schemes, with elements of red, brown and tan. The opinions about the light fixture designs produced two favorites - Avalon, which is more modern with a flat lantern shape, and Copenhagen, which is rounded and harks back to mining-style lights.
"We had a good turnout, we appreciate the comments," Wilkinson said.
At the work session before the council meeting Tuesday, Frisco Town Council approved the brick design and asked for more information regarding the two lighting styles. It also approved the planning project to move on to the next phase, proceeding from 60 percent complete to 90 percent. This entails a lot of work on the technical aspects of the project, said Mills. The engineers will start drawing the plans in more detail, which will also provide a more clear idea about the final cost of the project.
August has been tentatively marked for when the more detailed plans will be presented to the council.
"In August we'll also be looking at our budget for 2014, so that will be the next step, is to look at that and the time frame and what funds will be available in the following year," Wilkinson said.