Contractors give Frisco shopping center a facelift
Frisco Station will undergo a $1.2 million facelift, revamping the large storefront housed between Safeway and Walmart. The realtor started work in late July, with contractors working throughout the night to remove the metal canopy above each store.
“I think everybody likes our concept, making it look more like downtown,” said George Swintz, property owner with Bonaventure, LLC. “We’ve got a four-month process off to take the canopy off and rebuild the façade, so each one of the stores looks like an individual store.”
With the canopy down, Swintz plans to put up new colored, fabric awnings with raised parapets to break up the flat roof. The next step in the process will be to add wood and stone siding to the area.
While the construction may last through Thanksgiving, all businesses will remain open during the busy summer season while work continues. Swintz added that each store juncture will have a tunnel to protect patrons from the ongoing construction work outside.
“There’s very little impact. We will do a few storefronts at a time,” Swintz said.
Local firm Campbell Construction and Engineering will add these improvements, as well as new lighting, landscaping and new signs that hang from the exterior to draw in more customers. He also hopes to put up a new sign on Summit Boulevard with a list of his tenants to bring even more traffic.
“We’ve got a big section of the metal canopy taken down, columns supporting it removed, concrete is patched,” he said. “It really looks open and we’re encouraged with the direction of the renovation.”
While the county’s transportation board is looking at improvements to Frisco’s Transfer Center, at this point, they will not create a walkway to break up the large building stretching between Safeway and Walmart.
“Right now, I think it’s something we would still remain interested in but not something we would actively pursue,” said county manager Gary Martinez.
The county had looked at the cost of purchasing an empty building, tearing it down and creating a walkway, but the price of the project was deemed too high to pursue this year.
“We have to prioritize our needs and prioritize our spending,” Martinez said. He added that the county was looking at other improvements to the Tranfer Center.
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