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Community Impact News Article: From a blank slate to the Ryder Cup

June 22, 2019 10:41 AM

Stonebriar Centre is a bustling shopping destination with nearly 200 stores, a soon-to-be-added 85,000-square-foot KidZania and an 18-story Hyatt Regency hotel. But 25 years ago, it was just a plot of dirt.

“Back in our day, we were looking at a blank slate,” said Bob Warren, who was mayor of Frisco in the early 1990s.

Another plot of dirt sits on the northern end of Frisco. In about 20 years, it will be the site of one of the largest golf tournaments on the grounds of PGA of America’s headquarters.

Former and current city leaders talked during a June 19 Frisco Chamber of Commerce luncheon about how much the city has changed and how they did not know what the future would bring.

Sam Roach, chairman of the first Frisco Economic Development Corp. board of directors, reminisced about how the city’s first big economic development projects included building a sidewalk and a water line for local businesses.

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