They say everything is bigger in Texas. Well, with Toyota, Liberty Mutual and FedEx Office moving to Plano, North Texas is about to get even bigger! Plano is already home to major companies such as JC Penney, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, HP, Yum! Brands and Frito-Lay, and the latest additions have sparked even more development throughout the North Texas area. Construction crews have already started working on the new Dallas Cowboys headquarters/training facility in Frisco and the Legacy West development in Plano- and Dallasites are already excited about these new additions the area. Fortunately, the North Texas Tollway Authority is already working to improve the Dallas North Tollway, which is the main highway that runs alongside the majority of the growth.
Dallas Cowboys in Frisco
In the summer of 2016, the Dallas Cowboys will open their new headquarters and indoor practice facility in Frisco, Texas. The headquarters and facility will open at the completion of the Cowboys Training Camp and the kick-off of Texas high school football season. The new 91-acre facility will be known as The Ford Center at the Star and will include a 12,000 seat stadium that will also be used by the local Frisco Independent School District (ISD). The City of Frisco and Frisco ISD are contributing $90 million, which will allow them access to the training facilities, fields and indoor stadium for sports and other events. The remaining costs of the project are estimated to be around $220 million and will be covered by the Cowboys organization.
A private development with a range of activities and services will surround the athletic facility. This area will include a main street named Star Boulevard, featuring retail, restaurants, and an entertainment district. The rest of the development will have an Omni hotel with a city-owned convention center, office buildings and a medical center. "This will truly feel like Times Square," said Charlotte Jones-Anderson, Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer for the Cowboys.
Just across the tollway from TCAL, Karahan Cos. is working on the construction of a $2 billion multi-use development in West Plano. This development is already home to the world headquarters for FedEx Office and will soon include Toyota’s new North American headquarters as well as Liberty Mutual’s corporate offices. Legacy West will open its first phase in March 2017, with over 300,000 square feet of restaurants and retail. The restaurants and retailers that have already signed leases include:
- Sprinkles Cupcakes
- Planet Blue
- Tommy Bahama Island
- Shake Shack
- True Food Kitchen
- Bistro 31
Legacy West Urban Village will be a main feature of the development and include over 750 luxury apartments, retail space, office space, as well as a 300-room Renaissance Hotel. While Legacy West Urban Village offers a place to work, play and stay, One Legacy West is focused on work. One Legacy West is a 14 story office tower built by Gaedeke Group LLC at Sam Rayburn Tollway, and has been featured a lot in local news coverage of the development
Dallas North Tollway Expansion
The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) has already started to take steps to reduce the traffic increase on the Dallas North Tollway (DNT) caused by the massive growth in North Texas. The majority of the Dallas North Tollway currently has three southbound lanes and three northbound lanes, the NTTA is working to add a fourth lane to each side of the tollway in for certain stretches of the road. Here are the projects that crews have started:
- Addition of a fourth lane on southbound DNT from President George Bush Turnpike to Belt Line Road exit
- Extension of the fourth lane on northbound DNT from Trinity Mills exit to President George Bush Turnpike exit
- Addition of a fourth lane in both directions from Sam Rayburn Tollway to President George Bush Turnpike
- Addition of a lane to the Dallas North Tollway/President George Bush Turnpike direct-connector ramps