Dozens Voice Concerns Over Proposed Frisco Substation

A lot of people in Frisco are fighting plans to put an Oncor substation in their backyard.  

Right now, the plan is in the early stages.

Dozens showed up at a planning and zoning meeting Tuesday because they say they want to make it clear that they do not want this substation built in their backyards.

Oncor is asking the city to approve a permit to put the electric substation on Legacy Drive across the street from Allen Elementary School.

Oncor says it needs to build a new substation to keep up with the power demand in the growing city.

The Star, the Dallas Cowboys new home, is nearing completion, and nearby hotels, restaurants, homes and retail development projects are wrapping up, too.

Neighbors say they aren't against the growth or the substation.

They just don't want it built near homes, schools or parks for a number of reasons.

"Everything from the health risks, the unknown, everything from that to fires that could break out to just the awful appearance and the way that it’s going to make our neighborhood look after it’s done,” said Frisco father Darren Hagarty.

An Oncor representative tells NBC 5 its facilities are safe and the company will consider all the concerns made by residents at the meeting.

The representative said Oncor is still considering other locations which were not disclosed.

More meetings are being planned. NBC 5 will continue to follow this story.

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