Richardson in the News

Independence Day celebrations
From City of Richardson
Sparks will fly at the City of Richardson’s annual Family 4th Celebration on Thursday at Breckinridge Park. This traditional, patriotic salute is free and open to the entire community. Attendees are encouraged to bring picnics, blankets and/or lawn chairs and enjoy the evening under the stars!

Mapping, crowd-sourced data key elements in City of Richardson’s Smart City Game Plan
By Dallas Innovates

From bobcat sightings to blocked lanes and bike trails to public art, the City of Richardson is collecting and taming data to keep folks informed.

Anyone who spots a blocked lane or wet cement on a public right-of-way can visit to identify the nature of the project, when it was slated to start, its completion date, and even the source of money funding the project.

Developers pitch plans for new restaurants, shopping at former site of Richardson Square Mall
From Community Impact Newspaper
A portion of the site formerly occupied by Richardson Square Mall may soon see a resurgence of restaurants and retail.

City Council members heard plans June 3 for redevelopment of the 13.2-acre site. The effort would revamp the former Sears building that closed in April at the southeast corner of Belt Line and Plano Roads as well as construct four smaller buildings in the adjacent parking lot. The developer hopes to break ground within the next six months.

Richardson Square Mall was demolished over a decade ago. The 95-acre area is today an outdoor retail center called Richardson Square.
Richardson fire, police departments adjust to population, corporate density
From Community Impact Newspaper
On the wall in Chief Jimmy Spivey’s office hangs a black-and-white photograph from the late 1950s of Richardson’s inaugural police force in front of the original City Hall—a simple white-frame building that also housed the city’s police and fire departments.

Today Richardson looks much different. The population has steadily increased; the corporate sector has grown; and nearly every corner of the city has been developed.

“I never dreamed we would be 100,000 [people],” said Spivey, who has been with the department since 1995 and chief since 2009.
Richardson named third best city to live in Texas, a website dedicated to helping small business owners and entrepreneurs, recently released its 2019 report detailing the best cities to live in for each state. Richardson placed third out of 100 Texas cities with a population of more than 25,000. The report notes Richardson’s well-educated populace and its 5,000+ businesses.
Rankings were determined using information gathered from both the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, designating different sets of data to one of five factors (employment, housing, quality of life, education and health) and assigning weights to each. To read the report, click here.
Richardson to receive funding for last unfunded segment of Cotton Belt-adjacent hike and bike trail
From Community Impact Newspaper
A hike and bike trail adjacent to the future Cotton Belt line in Richardson is now fully funded.

Segment 21, a half-mile stretch between Waterview Parkway and the future Cotton Belt station at The University of Texas at Dallas, was the last unfunded piece within city limits.

The Regional Transportation Council of the North Central Texas Council of Governments on June 13 unanimously agreed to allocate $460,900 toward construction of the segment. It plans to use money from its federally funded Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside Program.
 DART selects trains to traverse Cotton Belt Corridor
from City of Richardson

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Board announced last week it has selected Stadler US for the contract to assemble and build eight FLIRTs (fast light intercity and regional train) for the Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project and to design an equipment maintenance facility. At 318 feet long, each FLIRT will seat 230 and include automatic passenger counters and closed-circuit television. The vehicles are self-propelled by a diesel multiple unit and meet Tier 4 EPA emissions standards and Federal Railroad Administration standards and are fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Cotton Belt Regional Rail Project, a 26-mile east-west alignment that will traverse seven cities including Richardson, is scheduled to be completed in 2022. For more information, visit

Cotton Belt commuter rail to be called Silver Line
The 26-mile Silver Line, extending between DFW Airport and Shiloh Road in Plano, will traverse seven cities: Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson and Plano. At DFW Airport, the project will connect to the TEXRail Regional Rail Line to Fort Worth and provide access to the DFW Airport Skylink. The Silver Line will interface with three DART light rail lines: The Red/Orange Lines in Richardson/Plano, the Green Line in Carrollton and the Orange Line at DFW Airport.
Customers will see the Silver Line in operation after completion in 2022 with 30-minute peak and 60-minute off-peak service.
Hedera Hashgraph to move global headquarters to Richardson
Richardson’s telecom corridor is seeing continued growth with addition of Hedera Hashgraph’s newest global headquarters. The distributed ledger technology company has leased more than 11,000 square feet at 3400 at CityLine and has plans to be operating by fall 2019.

Hedera’s lease at 3400 at CityLine was inked in conjunction with council member Swirlds. The Richardson location will be Hedera’s global headquarters, joining other offices in New York City and San Francisco.