Frisco housing at a crossroads |

Frisco housing at a crossroads

FRISCO – Frisco’s first, multi-unit attainable housing project proposed for 7 Belford Place, across from the Frisco Elementary School, is at a crossroads, and council members decided Tuesday to wait before deciding which direction to take.

The town sent out a request for proposals (RFP) for the project about a year ago. Town officials selected McCrerey Construction as their partner in the project, which is to be a public-private partnership.

The project stalled during contract negotiations, however, because the original RFP was for a design-build project, said Frisco Town Manager Alan Briley. A design-build project implies the town would be owner of the development when it only wants to contribute the land “with little to no risk to the town,” he said.

Since the root of the contract negotiation problems stemmed from the town’s initial RFP, Briley has recommended the council reject the proposals it received last year – including McCrerey’s – and restart the process with a new RFP.

“I was a little surprised we have to start all over on this,” said Dan McCrerey, owner of McCrerey Construction.

Rather than the town search for a partner, McCrerey said he would prefer the town allow him to adjust his proposal and continue negotiations.

Though no contract had yet been agreed upon, McCrerey and architect-planner Darrick Wade had already moved forward with a sketch plan.

“We wanted to honor the timeline,” McCrerey said.

In his sketch plan, Wade had proposed 11 units – a mix of two- and three-bedroom units – be built on the approximately one-acre site just west of the elementary school.

Town officials have said the attainable housing project will have units for purchase and for rent.

Whether town officials agree to rework negotiations with McCrerey or start the selection process anew, McCrerey recommended the town be more specific about desired project details in the next RFP.

The town council voted unanimously to table its decision, and opted instead to discuss the subject in detail at its next council worksession on Nov. 19. Council members seemed willing to consider McCrerey’s request to update his proposal and continue negotiations for the partnership, without renewing the selection process.

Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or

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