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Development talks to continue

JULIE SUTOR

FRISCO – From wetlands to ice cream shops, Frisco citizens have a lot of ideas about what to do with the 9.4-acre Meadow Creek parcel behind Safeway and Wal-Mart.In the coming months, the town council will attempt to narrow the options to a feasible, concrete plan that best fits citizens’ vision for Frisco – a process that may include a vote on the ballot.”If we can communicate effectively, maybe 70 or 80 percent of people can go home happy,” said Mayor Bernie Zurbriggen at a town meeting on Wednesday night. “We have an opportunity to build consensus in our community.”About 100 Frisco residents, business owners, town staff and elected officials attended the town meeting. Of the 30 who spoke, about two-thirds voiced opposition to a proposed 130,000-square-foot retail and transportation development.”I was surprised to hear that some people want nothing to happen (on the parcel) and are willing to deal with a reduction in services,” Councilmember Rick Amico said after the meeting. “I thought tonight’s input was very good. I encourage input in any fashion we can get it.”The council and Alberta Development Partners will debrief the comments they received at the town meeting during the next council work session on Tuesday at 1 p.m. in town hall.The discussion will likely include the potential extension of an exclusive negotiation contract with Alberta that is set to expire on June 12. Council members are also likely to discuss whether they want Alberta to confidentially disclose the names of potential tenants in the proposed development.The town will host a second town meeting 6 p.m. June 14 in the Frisco Recreation Building.Any community members who were unable to attend the June 2 town meeting can fill out comment forms available at town hall and online at http://www.townoffrisco.org. Forms are due at town hall by Monday.


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