Wow! Another year has gone by… Everyone’s older; we have a new President; and a new Star Wars movie.
Looking back at your own personal year, I’m sure you can see changes that are great and not so good. Change can be exhilarating and also scary at times, especially for a fast-growing city like Frisco. Let’s look back and see what’s changed over the last year…
– POPULATION –
As of December 1, 2016, Frisco reported a population of 159,230. Frisco is 68.2 square miles in size and is at approximately 62% build out.
What does that means exactly? In November, we were almost 150,000 in population (so, we’ve increased almost 10,000 in only 1 month!). With a projected growth of 5% in 2017, our city continues to draw people from across Texas and the entire country.
Forbes Magazine voted Frisco one of the best places to relocate; Money Magazine says we’re one of the best places to live; and we’re one of the best places to raise an athlete according to Men’s Journal. The city of Frisco is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and the state of Texas.
– BUSINESS –
With population growth comes new business and job opportunities. New restaurants and bars open up, car washes, boutiques, stand-alone Emergency Rooms and clinics (you know, just in case), and grocery stores spring up throughout the city to accommodate people and population increase. However, Frisco has seen some BIG developments over the last year and there’s more to come.
91 acres of retail, restaurant, and office space along side the Ford Center which holds 12,000 seats for games and other events. The Dallas Cowboys made the announcement in 2014 to partner with the city of Frisco and the FISD to make our city home for their new headquarters. With the city investing $115 million dollars, it is easy to see why all eyes are on The Star.
On December 15, 2016, The Star announced fourteen retailers coming to the development including: The Common Table, Yucatan Taco Stand, Donut Kitchen, East Hampton Sandwich Co., and more. The Star recently had their soft opening of 10,000 square foot store Fan United which sells memorabilia, jerseys, t-shirts, and souvenirs from the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks, and FC Dallas, as well as Frisco high school merchandise.
One mile with four mixed-use developments: Frisco Station, The Gate, Wade Park, and The Star. Frisco Station is 242 acres with a 200-room hotel, residential housing, office space, medical facilities, retail space, plus restaurants.
The Gate is a similar development from the Dubai-based group, Invest Over Seas, with two luxury condo towers, a 90-room hotel, plus 100,000 square feet of retail space. Finally, Wade Park covers 174 acres south of Lebanon and just east of the Tollway. The Rustic, Hote ZaZa, and Whole Foods will anchor this new development.
Frisco is recently became home to Jamba Juice Inc., which made their announcement in May 2016 that they’ll be moving all their corporate operations to Frisco from California. Jamba Juice has over 800 retail locations across the United States, but their home, and professional jobs, will right here in our backyard.
– SCHOOLS –
Frisco opened four schools in 2016 bringing our total to sixty-eight. Once again, Frisco has ranked as one of the fastest growing school districts and at the the top when it comes to total number of students.
From the 2014-2016 school years, FISD grew by 3,600 students. For the 2016-17 year, we’re expecting to grow an additional 3,600 which would bring our total number of students in primary and secondary school to 56,904 students, approximately one-third of our population.
– SPORTS –
Frisco is a sports-fanatic city and it shows with all the number of soccer fields, football fields, baseball diamonds, and cheer/gym facilities across town. We’re getting those athletes ready to join…
The MLS (major league soccer) team has grown in popularity over the last few years with the success of their home grown players and the leadership of head coach Oscar Pareja. Recently, Toyota Stadium began a $39 million dollar construction project on the National Soccer Hall of Fame as well as new locker rooms, premium seating, and a new private club.
The Frisco RoughRiders continue to grow in attendance and popularity. With the addition of the Choctaw Lazy River, Dr. Pepper Ballpark has become a very popular spot in the summer. With four division titles under their belt, the Frisco RoughRiders continue to develop talent and have become a very successful “farm league” for the Texas Rangers.
In 2016, The Texas Legends (Dallas Mavericks affiliate) continued to provide the most family-friendly venue in all of Frisco while also setting attendance records within the NBA Development League! The Legends saw head coach Nick Van Exel promoted to the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies, as well as point guard Pierre Jackson join the Dallas Mavericks.
After Van Exel’s move to the Memphis Grizzlies, the Legends hired Bob MacKinnon as head coach. MacKinnon is the League’s all-time leader in players called-up to the NBA.
The Legends also continued their philanthropic ways with every home game featuring a different charitable organization. The team has also grown their community initiatives through five weeks of basketball camps, a financial literacy program with InTouch Credit Union called “Bank 2 Achieve”, and a STEM based “Science of Basketball” program with Raytheon.
The Legends enter 2017 with a 10-7 record and look to continue their race up the league standings with home games on Jan. 11, Jan. 13, Jan. 14, and Jan. 27.
Frisco grows behind the scenes as well from changes in laws and ordinances to the city council members. Some things we may not notice outright, but they’ll shape the city and move Frisco forward.
We know that with growth comes friction, but Frisco has managed to create a family-friendly town with some big city attractions and vibe. I look forward to the new year, to the changes, and to writing about it all in 2017.