UNT announces plans for new $100 million branch campus in Frisco

UNT announces plans for new $100 million branch campus in Frisco

UNT announces plans for new $100 million branch campus in Frisco
May 02
09:35 2018

UNT will build a 100-acre branch campus in Frisco to accommodate at least 5,000 students, a project expected to cost at least $100 million, officials announced Monday.

The new branch campus is set to include academic and administrative buildings, a wellness facility, student housing and a library, according to a release from the city of Frisco.

The project was officially approved after UNT’s Board of Regents, the Frisco City Council, the Frisco Economic Development Corporation and the Frisco Community Development Corporation agreed on a new public-public partnership. This is a partnership between a public authority or government body with another public body to provide services or facilities to the public.

Frisco Mayor Jeff Cheney thanked the UNT Board of Regents after their unanimous approval during a specially called teleconference Tuesday afternoon.

“We couldn’t be any more excited about what this partnership means for our community, for our businesses, for our residents and for our children here in Frisco to have these kinds of opportunities right here in our own backyards,” Cheney said. “Thank you for allowing your president to build this relationship and we’re looking forward to building this relationship even further.”

Courtesy Valerie Wigglesmith/Twitter

Construction on the branch campus is set to begin by March 2022. It will be located at the southwest corner of Preston Road and Panther Creek Parkway on 100 acres of land provided by the City of Frisco at no cost, according to their website.

UNT will purchase a 50,000-square-foot office building — formerly North Texas Enterprise Center or NTEC, Inc. — for about $8.5 million. Under the purchase agreement, UNT will take ownership of the property on Oct. 1, 2018.

UNT President Neal Smatresk conveyed his excitement for the new partnership in a statement.

“With our home in Denton, we’ve always been the world-class university next door, but now we are the global university available right outside your front porch,” Smatresk said. “We are excited about developing what comes next and look forward to working seamlessly with our partners in Collin College to ensure that UNT graduates from our campus in Frisco are uniquely qualified to meet the evolving needs of a creative economy driven by education.”

The new branch campus will be about 10 miles away from the satellite campus in Frisco, which opened in Hall Park in 2016. That campus serves 1,200 students and an additional 400 students attend the Collin County Higher Education Center in McKinney.

Frisco is located in Collin County and is the second-fastest growing city in the nation. UNT has additional satellite locations in downtown Dallas, McKinney and Gainesville.

Frisco representatives will develop a master plan for the initial phase of construction.

Ron Patterson, president of the Frisco Economic Development Corporation, said in a statement that this new partnership will help to attract “everything from Fortune 500 to startup businesses.”

“Many of our corporate prospects ask about research for business development and continuing education opportunities for their employees,” Patterson said. “This partnership creates more collaborative opportunities leading to new innovations and businesses, as well as business expansions and relocations which help bring high paying jobs to our community.”

Featured Image: Courtesy Valerie Wigglesmith/Twitter

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