Wilson: Let’s truly revitalize Frisco’s Main Street
Ryan Summerlin February 1, 2013
Seems that the town of Frisco is deceiving its residents by calling Step Up Main Street a revitalization project. All they are doing is using the money allocated for revitalization for a drainage improvement project.
They should be ashamed.
The original Step Up Main Street project was a beautiful design by a company, Mary Hart Design, who has expertise in designing attractive communities. Her plan had 3-foot sidewalk extensions on both sides, a pedestrian gathering place next to the Information Center and trees.
In speaking with several other permanent residents, it is felt that if the town wants new drainage that should come out of a different budget. To replace the outdated light fixtures is a great idea, but the town should wait until there is enough revenue in their budget to actually revitalize Main Street with a design that will attract more visitors. With Whole Foods coming, Main Street should be approached with the same mindset. For true revitalization, there should also be incentives offered to get new businesses onto Main Street as well as credits for current businesses that do improvements to the outside of their businesses.
Currently, the town’s greatest assets are the beautiful Museum Park and the Adventure Park. Instead of wasting money on 2 feet of curbs on one side of the street, maybe the town should use some of the money to enhance the Adventure Park with adding a zip line to bring in more revenue.
There are not many comments on the Engage Frisco site. I hope that residents will voice their opinion on that site and/or attend the meeting Wednesday to voice their disbelief of the town’s actions.