Baylor Scott & White seeks to rezone 47 acres for a new medical center in Frisco

Baylor Scott & White is making plans for a high-rise health complex in fast-growing and hospital-dense Frisco.

The largest nonprofit hospital system in Texas is seeking rezoning of 47.4 acres just east of the Dallas North Tollway, near where the PGA of America headquarters development is under construction. It bought the property from Jerry Jones’ Blue Star Land in June 2021.

Detailed plans for the facility are still in the works and rezoning is the first step, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

“We are constantly evaluating ways to expand access to care for Texans, especially in our fastest growing communities. Our plans are not yet finalized, and we look forward to sharing more in the coming months,” Baylor Scott & White said in a statement.

The land is zoned for retail and industrial use, but multistory health care buildings require a special office designation that permits unlimited height development for professional, financial and medical service providers.

The rezoning request says that designation is appropriate for the area given its location at the intersection of the tollway and PGA Parkway. The filing also notes that no residential districts border the property and adjacent properties are compatible with nonresidential zoning.

The Frisco planning and zoning board will consider the request Tuesday.

Texas has more hospitals than any other state in part because it does not require a state-approved certificate of need, and Frisco is no stranger to that trend.

If the rezoning is approved, Baylor Scott & White’s new center will join a growing list of health care facilities along the tollway. That includes a sports medicine facility just 10 miles and a few highway exits away at The Star, the Dallas Cowboys’ headquarters and mixed-use project.

Competitor Texas Health Frisco will be even closer, just 5 miles south of the proposed facility. That $270 million collaboration between Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern was a hallmark project in 2019.

Baylor Scott & White’s project could become the next stepping-stone in creating a medical district of the north serving Collin County’s rapidly growing communities. Collin County’s population is expected to double to 2.4 million by 2050.

The medical center also has the potential to tap into a large base of insured customers. Compared to a statewide 18.4% uninsured rate, only 12.5% of Collin County residents are uninsured, the lowest rate in Dallas-Fort Worth. . In Frisco ZIP codes, the uninsured rate is even lower at only 6.8%.