Improve The Experience With Your Neighbors

Improve The Experience With Your Neighbors

When living in the apartment building it is quite possible that there are neighbors living close to you. They can’t just share your walls but they can even share your floor and ceiling as well. They can be of great help, for example, by checking the mail when you are away and possibilities are that they can become friends with you as well. However, when you face difficulties with your neighbors in frisco apartments, your experience with them can become quite unpleasant. Continue reading →

2 new residential high-rises proposed for ‘$5B mile’ in Frisco, TX

2 new residential high-rises proposed for ‘$5B mile’ in Frisco, TX

Dive Brief:
Developers for two major Frisco, TX, projects have announced plans to add residential high-rises, according to The Dallas Morning News. Officials with the Dallas Cowboys’ Star in Frisco have proposed a 17-story apartment tower, and Frisco Station developers said they will build a 24-story "urban living" high-rise. Both developers have requested zoning changes necessary to accommodate the projects. Frisco Station already had plans for 2,400 residential units as part of the $1.5 development. This would be the first residential project for the 91-acre Star in Frisco mixed-use campus.
Dive Insight:

Both Star in Frisco and Frisco Station are part of an estimated $5 billion worth of development either completed, in progress or in the planning stages in the city of Frisco.

This month, crews started construction on Frisco Station’s first hotel projects, two Marriott properties that will offer a total of 300 rooms. NewcrestImage, which is building the hotels, also has a Canopy by Hilton in the pipeline for a future phase. In December, construction also kicked off on the first apartments planned for the development. There was no word on whether the high-rise units are part of the 2,400 total or will be in addition to the residential units already planned.

In October 2016, crews also began building the first project in the Frisco Station development, a 228,000-square-foot, seven-story office building across the street from the Star in Frisco property. When Frisco Station is completely built out, it will also feature a 40-acre medical complex and 300,000 square feet of retail, dining and entertainment space, commonly referred to as The Hub.

Not too far from Frisco is another North Texas town that has also seen a surge in new development — Prosper, TX. Construction on the 500-acre, $1 billion Gates of Prosper mixed-use project is underway with its first phase, a 93-acre shopping center. When complete with its 20-year plan, the Gates of Prosper will also feature residential, office and retail space.

Taco time in Texas: Cowboys target pass rush with Charlton

Taco time in Texas: Cowboys target pass rush with Charlton

Matt Rourke Fans arrive ahead of the 2017 NFL football draft in Philadelphia, Thursday, April 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys addressed one need on defense and think they still have a good chance to target another.

The Cowboys drafted Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton with the 28th overall pick on Thursday night, believing the options for a strong pass-rushing threat were fading while some cornerbacks they like will still be around late in the second round.

Charlton, who led the Wolverines with 9 1/2 sacks in 2016, is the first defensive end taken in the first round by the Cowboys in 10 years. Pass-rushing is the biggest need for Dallas, which was the top seed in the NFC last season but struggled to pressure the quarterback.

"As good as it was to help us get a good pressure player at the bottom of the first round, I think the draft sets up even better to get a really nice corner in the bottom of the second," executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones said. "I think if you see how that first round went, there were a lot of pressure players that came off the board. We might not see one again for a while."

It’s the third time in four years that the Cowboys have taken a defensive end in the first two rounds, and both previous picks have fallen short of expectations.

DeMarcus Lawrence, a second-round pick in 2014, has been slowed by back injuries, although he led Dallas with eight sacks in his second season in 2015. Randy Gregory was a second-round choice two years ago, but his draft stock slid over off-field concerns. He is suspended for almost all of 2017 for multiple violations of the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.

The 6-foot-6, 277-pound Charlton, whose given first name is Vidauntae, was a first-team All-Big Ten choice by The Associated Press. His senior season was the only one as a full-time starter for the Wolverines.

Dallas has been looking for a dominant pass rusher since cutting franchise sacks leader DeMarcus Ware in a salary cap move in 2014.

"I think I can really be a dominant player," Charlton said. "You watch a lot of the big games, I was able to take over those games and make big plays and be an impact player. I think I can I can do that in Dallas."

The last time pass rushing was a first-round focus for Dallas, they were two years removed from taking Ware out of Troy with the 11th overall pick in 2005 and Marcus Spears from LSU nine picks later. Anthony Spencer was the choice out of Purdue as the 26th choice in 2007, when the Cowboys were in the 3-4 defense. They’re now in the 4-3.

A year after one of the best drafts in franchise history yielded two Pro Bowl rookies in quarterback Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, the Cowboys had little doubt that defense would be the focus. And it was.

"If you happen to on the morning of the draft to have been working in that particular range or that particular player area and it really be fresh on your mind, then that was good," owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. "We had had a lot of conversation about this very player all day long."

Dallas also has needs in the secondary after losing cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne in free agency along with safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox. Church was perhaps the most significant of those departures because of his leadership role in the secondary. His absence was felt in 2016 when he missed four games with broken arm.

Anthony Brown is a promising young cornerback as a sixth-round pick from last year, and Orlando Scandrick being a year removed from a major knee injury should bolster a position that hasn’t produced many interceptions the past two seasons.

Stephen Jones made it clear that cornerback is the likely focus in the second round Friday. The Cowboys have the 60th overall pick in the second round and the 92nd selection overall in the third round.

Two high-rise residential projects on the boards for Frisco’s Star and Station projects

Two high-rise residential projects on the boards for Frisco’s Star and Station projects

North Texas’ high-rise housing boom is spreading.

Last week developers broke ground on a 25-story condominium tower in downtown Dallas’ Arts District.

And this week, construction kicks off on a 29-story apartment tower in Plano’s $3 billion Legacy West project.

Now two high-profile Frisco mixed-use developments are planning for their own residential towers.

The Dallas Cowboy’s Star in Frisco project and the Frisco Station development next door have both added high-rise residential buildings to their plans.

The 240-acre Frisco Station is planning for a 20-story "urban living" building at Gaylord and John Hickman parkways.

The proposed high-rise would be part of a retail, restaurant, hotel and entertainment complex that Frisco Station developers are calling The Hub.

"We have had a lot of interest in this type of product so we are trying to keep all of our options open," said Trey Sibley, general manager of The Rudman Partnership, one of the partners in Frisco Station.

Frisco Station developer Hillwood recently broke ground on a 4-story 300-unit apartment community called the Station House. The rental community just west of the Dallas North Tollway will be the first of almost 2,400 apartments planned in Frisco Station.

Frisco Station is also constructing a 7-story office building which will open this year. And work just started on two hotels with 300 rooms.

Next door at The Star, developers have filed new plans with the city for a residential building with a "minimum 17 stories."

A spokesman for The Star said Monday they couldn’t comment at this time on the proposed residential high-rise.

Along with the Dallas Cowboys football team’s headquarters and practice facility, the $1.5 billion Star project includes the 12,000-seat Ford Center athletic and event venue, a multi-tenant office building, a high-rise Omni Hotel, sports medical center, shops and restaurants.

Currently there are almost a dozen high-rise residential buildings either under construction or announced in the Dallas area. Most of the projects are located in Dallas’ Uptown, downtown or other close-in neighborhoods.

"Places like Plano and Frisco, with already established job bases plus retail and entertainment districts, are locations where the introduction of comparatively dense housing development now makes sense," said Greg Willett, an apartment industry analysts with Richardson-based RealPage. "High-rise apartments probably won’t become the dominant choice in these markets, but they do make sense as an attractive option for some."

A residential tower with a minimum of 17 stories is being added to plans for the Dallas Cowboy’s Star in Frisco project.

Frisco ISD candidates on the defensive as group that endorsed them seeks to get rid of prayer room

FRISCO — The Frisco United political action group was born out of concern for fiscal conservatism and opposition to the district’s 2016 appeal for a higher tax rate.

So it was shocking to some area residents that the group sent out a mailer about the Frisco ISD school board race that included a call to voters to "Remove Taxpayer Funded Muslim Prayer Room."

The move even blind-sided candidates Bryan Powell and Jeff Snowden who the mailer listed with big check marks next to their names as preferred options to the incumbents they are challenging.

"I didn’t know anything about it until people got it in their mailbox," Snowden said Friday. "I don’t endorse any attack on religion and never have. I’m trying to win this race and help the school system finances, which are a bloody mess. Now, we’ve got all these distractions, which are silly."

Joe Widner, a spokesman for Frisco United, said the prayer room is an example of a lack of prudent financial management that people recognize.

"The two incumbents are not actively managing the school district and they’re spending money on things that I as a taxpayer don’t think is a priority," Widner said. "The prayer room is just one example. It is one that people will listen to."

Frisco ISD officials did not return calls for comment Friday. But they have previously said that the classroom at Liberty High School is available to all students of any faith for 30 minutes a day during a teacher’s regular planning period.

The classroom has been provided for about six or seven years since administrators learned that some Muslim students were leaving campus for several hours on Friday for prayer.

"The Muslim prayer room and the fiscal responsibilities absolutely go hand-in-hand," Widner said. The room’s actual cost to taxpayers, he said, is not important. "They’re holding up the torch of priority based funding for everything, but willing to fund a dedicated prayer room with our taxpayer dollars."

Clarifying positions

Snowden and Powell, who are facing incumbents Anne McCausland and Debbie Gillespie respectively, said they filled out a questionnaire from Frisco United in February. The endorsements were announced online April 3.

"There’s nothing in that questionnaire that was sent to me that has anything to do with Muslims and Muslim prayer rooms at all," Powell said. "Most of it has to do with fiscal policy."

Both candidates said Friday that they believe Frisco United was correct in its opposition to the district’s failed 2016 tax ratification election. Neither is a current member of Frisco United.

Saturday, Snowden participated in "Coffee with the Candidates," a political forum at the Islamic Center of Frisco. He thought he did well and said he even was approached for a half dozen yard signs. Powell said he was spending last weekend with family out-of-town, but offered to speak with leaders at the mosque at another time.

"I’m running because I want to serve students teachers and taxpayers. I want a fiscally strong district. I want to unite the community," Powell said. "I am not in any way for any discrimnation against any religion."

Early voting for the May 6 local school district and city elections starts Monday.

Snowden said he has a long history of bird-dogging taxpayer dollars. But he acknowledged that Frisco United’s flier has people upset and put him on the defensive.

"This is politics, which is why I haven’t ever been in politics,"Snowden said. "It’s nasty. It’s aggravating. It gets everyone talking about the silliness."

New-Construction Pipeline Soars to 50,000 in Dallas–Fort Worth

New-Construction Pipeline Soars to 50,000 in Dallas–Fort Worth

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The Dallas–Fort Worth apartment market experienced a 95% surge in new-construction starts in the first two months of 2017. Almost 50,000 new apartments are in the area pipeline, and about 30,000 units are set to come on line this year.

Much of this new construction is under way in Frisco and central Dallas, according to Real Page. Frisco has almost 6,400 new apartments under construction, and 5,578 new units are under way in central Dallas.

Dallas–Fort Worth’s pace puts the metro second only to New York City in new-construction starts, but the region’s high employment growth means a supply glut is unlikely: The DFW area adds over 100,000 new jobs each year. Meanwhile, the region’s average rent has risen 6% year over year, and its vacancy rate is holding at under 5%.

North Texas city of Frisco proud home to pro sports venues

North Texas city of Frisco proud home to pro sports venues

The Dallas Morning News ( ) reports now Frisco is vying to be the champion in another area — sports innovation. And city officials say they’re already way ahead of the competition.

"We’re the No. 1 innovative sports city in the world," crowed Mayor Maher Maso, who recently hosted a three-day meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Professional Sports Alliance.

In addition to the Cowboys, the Dallas Stars and FC Dallas also call Frisco home. Joining in the fun are the Frisco RoughRiders, a minor league affiliate of the Texas Rangers, and the Texas Legends, a D-League team of the Dallas Mavericks.

Frisco is also home base for the nonprofit U.S. Youth Soccer, the largest member of the U.S. Soccer Federation, with more than 3 million players across the country.

And the World Olympic Gymnastics Academy, based in Frisco and Plano, has produced more than 30 national team members. It was also the training base for Olympic all-around champions Carly Patterson in 2004 and Nastia Liukin in 2008, and 2016 Olympic team gold and uneven bars silver medalist Madison Kocian. Last year WOGA owner and co-founder Valeri Liukin, Nastia’s father, was named the new head of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team.

"One of the great things about sharing Frisco with all of our colleagues here is that it makes all of us try harder," said RoughRiders CEO Chuck Greenberg, who hit a big league home run last year by adding a lazy river just beyond the right field fence at the minor league ballpark.

Beyond the organizations are a multitude of facilities — from Fieldhouse USA to The PIT to city parks to the Toyota Soccer Center — that cater to youth and recreation leagues on a large scale.

Dallas Stars president Jim Lites said what’s available now in Frisco is no accident. There’s a business purpose behind everything the city does.

"They bring the best people," Lites said. "They find a way to work with everybody."

In 2011 Frisco was named by Men’s Journal as the Best Place to Raise an Athlete.

Now one of the nation’s fastest-growing cities wants to be known as the best place to take care of them. It has set its sights on becoming the America’s premier location for sports medicine and research.

The Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy and Research at The Star is under construction as part of a partnership with the Cowboys. The center will not only provide top-notch care for professional athletes but also make those same physicians, treatments and therapies available to the public.

Frisco ISD already benefits from Baylor Scott & White’s expertise in concussion assessment and treatment. The not-for-profit health care system stationed neuropsychologists on the sidelines at every varsity football game in the district this past season. That relationship is expected to expand in the future.

Baylor Scott & White will also be the first health center in Texas to partner with Fusionetics, an app-based program to help athletes reduce injuries, optimize performance and enhance recovery.

Farther up the Dallas North Tollway, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is building its north campus that will be anchored by a Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine. Among its specialties for children are orthopedic conditions as well as sports-related concussions. Its mission is to focus on the unique needs of growing athletes.

Another piece of the puzzle comes with Frisco-based Blue Star Sports. The year-old technology company creates digital efficiencies in youth sports, from registration to scheduling to performance.

Activities That You Can Do When You Get To Frisco Texas

Activities That You Can Do When You Get To Frisco Texas

Will you be traveling into Texas in the next couple of months? You may want to consider a trip to Frisco. It is a city with a population of about 140,000 people, and it is located in Denton County. It is very close to Dallas and Fort Worth, part of the Metroplex, and has many unique landmarks and places that you can see. Here are some of the top activities that you can do, as well as places that you can go, when you get to Frisco in Texas.

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

Although it is possible for you to rent a vehicle where you can do a little bit of skydiving, you might want to consider doing this indoors. There is a company called iFLY which is actually in Dallas, but it’s close enough to Frisco where it is simply a short drive. This is an indoor skydiving facility where there will be a significant amount of wind blowing you up, and you can practice as if you are actually falling out of the sky. This is going to be an exciting activity that you can do with friends or family members, preparing you for actually doing a real jump.

National Videogame Museum

If you are the type of person that likes to play video games, and you are also a fan of the many different ones that are out there, you can go to this wonderful location. It is an amazing collection of the many video games that have come out over the decades, and they are all there for you to see.

Now that you know a little bit more about the different activities that you can do in Frisco, Texas, you should plan some of these on your itinerary. Whether you are going there for business, or if you are just checking out the Dallas area, definitely head over to Frisco.

Frisco Attracts Wide Range of Companies

Frisco Attracts Wide Range of Companies

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Lisa Brown is an editor for the south and west regions of She has 25-plus years of real estate experience, with a regional PR role at Grubb & Ellis and a national communications position at Marcus & Millichap. Brown also spent 10 years as executive director at NAIOP San Francisco Bay Area chapter, where she led the organization to achieving its first national award honors and recognition on Capitol Hill. She has written extensively on commercial real estate topics and edited numerous pieces on the subject.

Drillers road report: Tulsa rallies in 9th inning for 4-1 win at Frisco

Drillers road report: Tulsa rallies in 9th inning for 4-1 win at Frisco

Summary: Tulsa scored 3 runs in the ninth inning on 3 hits and 2 walks Tuesday for a 4-1 win over Frisco at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas.

Notes: The Drillers won the series 2-1 and finished their season-opening road trip with a 3-3 record. … Jose Miguel Fernandez led off the Tulsa ninth with a double. With one out, Edwin Rios was walked intentionally. Both runners moved up a base on Sam Wolff’s errant pickoff attempt, then Johan Mieses walked. Paul Hoenecke hit a two-run single to put Tulsa up 3-1. Mieses scored on Matt Beaty’s two-out single. … Joe Broussard (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth and ninth inning, striking out one. … Each team managed only 4 hits. Beaty had 2 for Tulsa. … The Drillers struck out 15 times.

Up next: 7:05 p.m. Thursday vs. Midland in home opener at ONEOK Field.

Probable pitchers: Midland, RHP Heath Fillmyer (0-0, 0.00 ERA); Tulsa, THP Isaac Anderson (0-1, 4.15)

One play in Texas Tech's spring game gives Red Raiders hopes for an improved defense

One play in Texas Tech's spring game gives Red Raiders hopes for an improved defense

FRISCO — Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury stuck his arm in the air, pointed toward the ceiling and ran after defensive lineman Nick McCann.

After sophomore Lonzell Gilmore deflected a pass at the line of scrimmage, McCann caught it and rumbled in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown return. Kingsbury was right in the middle of the celebration.

“You usually don’t see a big guy able to track a ball like that, find it, catch it and run it in,” Kingsbury said. “That was an impressive, athletic move.”

While the points didn’t count for anything significant in Saturday’s spring game at The Star in Frisco, it was another positive sign for the Red Raiders’ defense that needs all the good fortune it can get. If Kingsbury and Tech can fix the worst defense in the Football Bowl Subdivision, there’s a good chance the Red Raiders can bounce back from a disappointing 2016 season.

At Saturday’s practice in front of an announced sellout at the Cowboys’ practice facility, McCann’s interception added to a growing total in the last few weeks. In the first nine practices, Kingsbury said the defense has tallied 21 interceptions, a significant improvement from a year ago.

The fifth-year coach said that statistic could indicate Tech will be better on defense after last year’s 5-7 season. In 2016, the Red Raiders were last in the FBS in scoring defense and yards allowed per game. Tech was also one of three teams in the country that allowed more than seven yards per play.

Senior quarterback Nic Shimonek said it’s been good to see the defense flying around this spring, even if their success at times comes at his expense.

“If one side is dominating the other, day-in, day-out, that’s not a good tell-tale sign of what’s going to happen in the fall,” said Shimonek, who practiced with the starters and was 26 of 33 passing for 273 yards and three touchdowns.

Shimonek, who talked with Kingsbury during the week about not throwing risky passes, is in the lead to take over one of the best offenses in college football. Last year, Tech led the country in total offense and was fifth in points scored per game.

But Tech’s defense was on the opposite end of the spectrum.

In February, Tech signed some junior college players to fix the issue. Junior linebacker Tony Jones and junior defensive backs Octavious Morgan and Vaughnte Dorsey all inked with the Red Raiders.

Tech junior defensive back Jah’Shawn Johnson said this year’s unit appears to be more committed to implementing defensive coordinator David Gibbs’ gameplan and opting less for individual improvisation. And this year’s group, Johnson said, is hounding opposing ball carriers, something that didn’t happen in the past.

McCann’s touchdown gave Kingsbury and the defense something to cheer about on Saturday in a practice that was mostly about marketing Tech’s program. It was a good sign for a defense that knows it needs to improve.

“We’ve been in the film room seeing all the wrong things that we did,” Johnson said. “We know that in order to be successful, we can’t do those things.”

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