Frisco approves Foote’s Rest Hotel, dockless bike restrictions
FRISCO — Frisco passed a pair of ordinances on second reading during the town’s regular council meeting Tuesday night, officially signing off on plans for the Foote’s Rest Hotel and restrictions on dockless shared mobility devices.
Council passed the updated development plans for the Foote’s Rest Hotel on Main Street in a 5-1 vote with Councilwoman Deborah Shaner as the lone standout. Shaner, who was also a “no” vote during the ordinance’s first reading, said she made promises to community members to hold developer Kelly Foote to the original plans and couldn’t approve the changes.
The updates to the plan include moving the promised employee housing units to an off-site location on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Teller Street Alley. The new plans also raise the number of hotel rooms from 65 to 75, though the building’s dimensions haven’t changed. Foote hopes to have the hotel open by summer 2021.
Additionally, the town chose to move forward with new restrictions on shared dockless mobility devices. The ordinance passed in a 4-2 vote, with Shaner and Dan Fallon dissenting. Fallon said he’d been doing homework on dockless bike business models since the first reading and felt the proposed restrictions were too tight for operators to make their businesses work in town. Conversely, Shaner wants all dockless mobility devices banned from town.
The new ordinance will restrict the number of dockless bikes in Frisco to 51, and the town will issue only three licenses, meaning individual operators aren’t allowed to bring more than 17 bikes each. All other shared dockless mobility devices, including scooters, were banned. The ordinance also calls for a $500 application fee for operators, along with an $80 fee per bike.
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