County to build center in Frisco

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Government building to cost $8.1 million

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Denton County Government Center Frisco site is slated for 2 p.m. March 22.

Earlier this week, the Denton County Commissioners Court approved a construction agreement with Crossland Construction Co. totaling more than $8.1 million for the project. The 24,000-square-foot facility will be constructed at Lebanon Road and FM423 in Frisco and will replace an existing facility in The Colony.

Hugh Coleman, county commissioner for Precinct 1 whose district includes Frisco, said construction of the facility will benefit residents there and in surrounding communities.

“It’s a longtime coming. I’m glad that we’re going to be able to put that facility up,” he said. “It will be nicer to have services closer to them.”

The new government center, slated to open in early 2017, is being funded from three sources: the 2013 Permanent Improvement Bonds, fiscal year 2013 tax notes and the fiscal year 2016 Capital Replacement Fund.

Among the offices to be housed in the facility are the justice of the peace; county constable, clerk and tax offices; adult and juvenile services (excluding sex offenders who will not report to the site); state representative and county commissioner.

Coleman said the Frisco facility will be centrally located and offer services to eastern Denton County residents in which they can obtain passports, marriage licenses, birth certificates and county and real estate documents.

Currently, residents living near Frisco and surrounding areas have to travel to government centers in Carrollton, Cross Roads and Denton to use such services, Coleman said.

The county leases the facility in The Colony from the city.

The Commissioners Court awarded the construction project in Frisco to Crossland Construction in December, according to court documents. The company’s corporate headquarters is in Columbus, Kansas. Crossland Construction has other offices throughout six states, including a facility in Prosper.

Among the company’s previous municipal projects completed in Texas are Plano Fire Station No. 13, the Collin County Juvenile Probation Services facility, the McKinney National Airport air traffic control tower and the Fort Worth Polytechnic Heights Neighborhood Police Center on the city’s east side.

“I think they were the best quality, and I think we got the best value for the dollar with them,” Coleman said.

BRITNEY TABOR can be reached at 940-566-6876 and via Twitter at @BritneyTabor.

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