Focus for housing partner narrows |

Focus for housing partner narrows

FRISCO – Frisco officials should select a partner for the town’s attainable housing project at 8th and Belford, across from Frisco Elementary School, by the end of July.

Last month, the town’s selection committee, comprising two council members, two town residents and a neighborhood representative, interviewed three finalists for the town’s first public-private attainable housing project. The finalists were O’Bryan Partnership and Alpine Concepts, Oz Architecture and Burgwyn Co. and the nonprofit National Development Council.

The selection committee has narrowed its focus to Oz Architecture and Burgwyn Co., said Mark Gage, Frisco community development director. The committee preferred that company’s design and its proposed materials over those suggested by other finalists. They also felt the development, with peaked roofs and front porches, would be the best fit for the southeast Frisco neighborhood.

Gage and Frisco Town Manager Alan Briley will meet with Oz Architecture and Burgwyn Co. this week to review some details, including the building presentation and size. Committee members are hoping the company is open to altering its design slightly to decrease the size of the buildings, for example.

If Frisco officials choose to partner with Oz and Burgwyn, the company likely will build eight to 10 units on the approximately one acre of town-owned property, Gage said.

Once Briley and Gage have met with the selected company, the final decision likely will go to the town council. Gage said he hopes to have a final decision by the end of July, so they can begin the planning process.

Gage said he expects the project to break ground next year and hopes it will be complete and occupied by the end of that year.

Lu Snyder can be reached

at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or

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