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77-Acre Lesso Mall Project Headed To Frisco Zoning Board

77-Acre Lesso Mall Project Headed To Frisco Zoning Board
Design guidelines for hotel on 77-acre Lesso Mall site in Frisco

A Chinese conglomerate's 77-acre mixed-use development is heading to the Frisco Planning & Zoning Commission Tuesday night, kicking off development plans off the Dallas North Tollway at U.S. 360.

Lesso America, a subsidiary of building material manufacturer China Lesso Group Holdings Ltd., purchased the land in 2016. Early rumors, which surfaced in the Dallas Business Journal in 2017, indicated the property would include a multistory regional hybrid retail center that would be a cross between an IKEA and a Home Depot.

Zoning documents, reported on Monday by the Dallas Morning News, indicate the site would be developed in two phases with three distinct districts: a frontage district of retail, hotel and office; a lifestyle district where most of the retail would be centered, surrounding a residential tower of at least 18 stories; and a southern district, where most of the urban dwelling units will be, along with additional hotel, office and retail uses.

Lesso America has proposed upzoning from Agricultural to Planned Development/Office 2/Retail/Residential. The mix of residential and nonresidential uses meet the guidelines of Frisco's future land use map. Lesso America has proposed urban density — up to 1,200 residential units — which is just under the 1,270 units recommended by the land use map.

Lesso America's packet of materials for the commission also includes architect Gensler's suggested design guidelines for the office, residential and retail space. Gensler also was the designer of Legacy West.