From the City's Week in Review
The City Council was updated on the ongoing study of the proposed Collins/Arapaho Transit-Oriented Development and Innovation District. A consultant team has been studying the area since February, touring land and buildings and conducting surveys, interviews, focus groups and open houses with stakeholders, area employees and residents.
The emerging vision for the District, based on the feedback received, Richardson’s tech climate, demographics and area market conditions is one of a dual-opportunity innovation district that is both corporate- and university-driven. Plans call for it to be “lively, active and vibrant,” with residential and retail components; visually unique and green; and walkable and bike friendly. Several ideas and strategies were presented by team members as to how the City could facilitate this transformation, in areas such as street improvements, landscaping, public art and regulatory change. Regulatory changes within the District could allow for a greater variety of building types, heights and property uses, higher density in some areas, and less restrictive parking requirements. Repurposing currently underutilized parking areas to allow for building expansions, new development, open spaces and amenities would provide more opportunities to both create value and establish a unique sense of place for the District.
Three locations within the District have been identified as catalyst sites, which have the most potential for change and would set the tone for the entire District: the Arapaho Center DART Station area, the east side of Greenville Avenue between Alma Road and Campbell Road, and an area near the southwest corner of Plano Road and Collins Boulevard where the City owns property and construction of the extension of the Duck Creek hike/bike trail will get underway in early 2019.
For further recommendations and results from the study, watch Monday’s presentation by clicking here. The team will present its final recommendations to the City Council in December after holding additional stakeholder follow-up meetings, an Oct. 24 community gathering and several pop-up events at area businesses.
Public Input Sought for Collins/Arapaho TOD and Innovation District Oct. 24
Help determine the future of the Telecom Corridor® area Wednesday, Oct. 24 at Eastside Plaza, 700 E. Campbell Rd. Drop by anytime between 5-7:30 p.m. to review initial ideas for the redevelopment of the 1,200-acre area around the East Collins/Arapaho Center DART Station, give feedback and visit with City staff.
Register online at www.cor.net/collinsarapaho to let us know you will be attending and for event updates. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held inside Urban Eatz on the south side of the plaza.
For more information, contact Doug McDonald at 972-744-4243 or firstname.lastname@example.org.