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Frisco’s historic Rail District gets a facelift without losing its vintage charm

By October 19, 2021August 29th, 2022Judi's Blog
Frisco Rail District | Judi Wright Team

Frisco Rail District’s Proud History

Frisco locals have always been proud of the unique heritage and historical landmarks scattered throughout our town. And it’s no surprise the railroad tracks running through the town evoke deep sentiment.  The origin of Frisco, after all, began in 1902 when the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company built the new railroad line.

Soon after that, the little spot of land next to this busy rail line became a thriving hub where people from all walks of life would park their wagons on the weekends and take a break from their busy schedules by perusing the shops and cafes lining the streets.

Today, that little spot of land has become The Rail District of Frisco.


City’s Vision Calls for Preservation Fused with Modern Revitalization

When the city first approved the downtown master plan, historic preservation was one of the primary goals. After many discussions and planning sessions with the community, it became clear Frisco residents wanted a downtown area that reminded them life in Frisco didn’t begin in 1995 and wanted to preserve the charming history while blending with the innovative presence of Frisco Square.

The result of this vision and development has cemented Frisco Rail District’s position as a destination for shopping, dining, entertainment, recreation, and connecting with family and friends.

Strategic Developments Bring The Rail District’s Vision to Life

The first development to pull into the station was the Nack Theater, the initial project of Nack Development in a series of renaissance projects planned for The Rail District. Nack Development has invested over $2 million in bringing the 4,000 sq. ft, 210-seat theater arts center to life. Nack Theater’s grand opening took place in January of 2021 with a rendition of Disney’s Aladdin Jr., to a resounding success. The theater has already secured 14 more youth productions, all slated for this year.

That’s not all Nack Development has in the works for the Rail District. “Inspired people and ideas are coming together, and opportunity is building as we re-imagine the future of a great place in downtown Frisco.” Donny Churchman, the president of Nack Development, explained. There are two other approved projects in the works, with one more in the planning phase.

The Tower at The Rail is a sprawling 11-story building coming to downtown Frisco, and it’s on track to complete construction by early 2023. It will open up its 313,000 sqft of mixed retail and residential space to the residents of Frisco, making it a decadent addition to the city’s skyline. It will house luxurious suites with a great view of the railroad district’s many diverse offerings. Boxcar House, a long-time furniture retailer of downtown Frisco, has already accepted a spot at The Tower’s retail spaces. Never one to leave any real estate untouched, Nack Development is creating an expansive rooftop ecosystem featuring patios with shops and restaurant spaces featuring incredible views of the city.

The final project on the company’s list is the restoration of Ritchey Gin, slated to be completed in late 2021. This once-prosperous cotton gin played an essential role in Frisco’s original downtown area. And now, redevelopment for the historic site calls for a 12-15,000 SF brewery, restaurant space, office space, and a parking garage.

Want a complete list of restaurants, shops, and events located within The Rail District? Visit the Frisco Rail District Merchant’s website for a comprehensive directory.

After more than twenty years of waiting on the slow burner, the plan has started to take form just like envisioned, and boy are we excited! The entire area is set to embody the old railroad town feel, combining beautifully restored farmhouses with modern architectural thrills.

About the Judi Wright Team

Judi Wright/The Judi Wright Team is a real estate group specializing in the suburbs of Frisco, Plano, and surrounding areas. Named the “Best Realtor in Dallas,” by D Magazine fifteen times and a Five Star Realtor with Texas Monthly ten timesJudi is also a Company-Wide Top Performer with Ebby Halliday, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate.