Future of Collin County arts center remains in limbo




Posted on May 18, 2011 at 12:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, May 18 at 12:06 AM

FRISCO — The future of the Collin County arts hall remains in limbo — even after Frisco City Council met Tuesday night to discuss pulling out of the project.

Frisco, Plano and Allen have already invested a total of $11.4 million in the project, but Frisco residents voted Saturday to revoke its commitment.

Frisco Mayor Maher Maso said city leaders first want to talk with their attorney before deciding what to do next.

"It's a very complex project that has been worked on for nine years," Maso said. "It has a lot of moving parts — including park land and our citizen investments."

The mayor noted that the vote to revoke more than $16 million in bonds to build the arts hall is not official until it's canvassed, and that hasn't happened yet.

Maso said the three owner cities of the Arts of Collin County project — Frisco, Plano and Allen — will meet next week to discuss how to proceed following the no-confidence vote by Frisco citizens.

"Clearly, Frisco voters have decided to revoke those bonds, so Frisco is not funding the project," Maso said. "Where do we go from here? We'll have that discussion."

Frisco Council members plan on discussing the arts hall vote at their next meeting on June 7.

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