NEWS

Frisco reveals new plans for Main Street upgrade

Date: Feb. 2nd, 2010
Contact: Caitlin Row at Summit Daily Phone: 970-668-4633

FRISCO — Frisco residents got a second chance to check out town plans to redesign its Main Street at an open house Wednesday. The community's response to the designer's revised plans was generally positive. The meeting was held at the Frisco Historic Park's Log Chapel all evening, and written comments collected will influence town designs even further. Frisco is currently focused on redeveloping the area between Summit Boulevard and Madison Avenue on Main Street, and construction will likely start in 2011.

Open house attendees chatted as they viewed mock-ups of the redesign project, and their comments were mostly appreciative of Frisco's upgraded look. Some said they liked the design concept and the additional landscaping, although one person commented that it didn't look much different from how Main Street is seen today.

“It's much better than the ones we were seeing before,” said Frisco resident Gary Runkle of the designs shown Wednesday. “It's just very attractive.”

Dillon's town planner Bev Kaiser liked it as well.  “It's taking a nice situation and making it even better,” she said.  Kaiser also noted the plan's advantages — wider tree lanes and wider sidewalks, and she said “it doesn't look like they're losing much parking.”

Designer Mary Hart showed attendees — from Frisco and surrounding Summit County towns — a pedestrian-friendly main drag complete with tree lanes next to side walks, pocket parks, a pedestrian corridor by Third Avenue and public art. Three options were given for signs to welcome visitors from Highway 9 to Main Street. Differences to the design from the last open house include a Main Street without a bike lane, and parking spaces that could accommodate front-end parking.

Town planner Joceyn Mills said she expects a final “Step up Main Street” design and costs in February — after all written comments from the open house are reviewed.

Frisco's new look
Hart's redesign includes “historic simple forms, mountain rustic (and) natural materials.” She suggests keeping sidewalks 8-feet-wide, and then creating a tree/amenity lane to the right of it to make the street-scape more interesting. Hart even said the tree/amenity lane could accommodate tables and seating areas.

The redevelopment concept also aims to visually narrow the street to calm traffic, Hart said. Crosswalks could be made of a different color and/or texture to promote pedestrian safety, and a plaza at Main and Third Avenue (near the visitor's center) could create a place for people to mingle.

“You can gather there, you can hold events,” she said at a recent town council work session, noting that it could even be used for farmer's markets so Main Street wouldn't have to be shut down to vehicles.

Other redesign options include “sidewalk bump-outs” for vendor carts, pocket parks for kiddy-play on the west end to draw pedestrian traffic, and areas to place “engaging, big” art.

“We want buildings to interact with the sidewalk and the street,” Mills added.

Also in the plan is a prominent sign to draw traffic into town, placed at the corner of Summit Boulevard and Main Street.

Future developments
According to Mills, future projects for the town of Frisco could include creating an entryway/roundabout at Main Street and Summit Boulevard; creating an archway entry to the marina; moving the gazebo at the historic park on Main Street to create a better concert setup; formalizing parking on all the side streets in Frisco; and making open to one-way traffic to allow for parallel parking.

For more information about the “Step Up Main Street” project, contact Mills at jocelynm@townoffrisco.com or (970) 668-9130.