Richardson in the news
 
Groundbreaking held for Main Street Revitalization Project
Richardson named a top 10 U.S. recession-proof housing market
Richardson ranked 10th best small real estate market in U.S.
Cottonwood Art Festival announces musical acts
DART Silver Line Q&A available
 
City information from the mayor
Corporate Challenge is underway with title sponsor GEICO. During the course of the program, Special Olympics has received $2.6 million, besides the benefits of team building and fun.

A study has been done looking at making the stretch of Greenville between Arapaho and Campbell around the DART station more walkable and bike friendly. AARP has supplied a grant for the effort. Watch for zoning changes and expect that a lane of traffic will dissolve with the effort. Read more.

If you’ve done improvements to your physical location, you may be eligible for the revitalization effort from the City (it’s not just for homeowners). The city has an awards program, and the deadline is Sept. 30. Find out more.

 
From City of Richardson
Groundbreaking held for Main Street Revitalization Project
The City Council and City staff participated in a ceremonial groundbreaking to commemorate the beginning of construction work for the Main Street Redevelopment/Reinvestment Project. The groundbreaking took part at the site of an open space and public parking area to be constructed at the northwest corner of the intersection of Main Street and Greenville Avenue.
The project will also include:

  • Complete pavement replacement of Main Street from near Sherman Street to just east of Greenville Avenue
  • Several traffic enhancements at the Main Street/Greenville Avenue intersection, including new turn lanes and a signal replacement
  • The creation of a more pedestrian-friendly and bike-friendly area, with new, wider sidewalks, lighting fixtures, picnic tables, benches, trash receptacles and bike racks, and a pedestrian crossing signal installed at Main Street and McKinney Street
  • Trees planted along both sides of Main Street and the construction of a tree-lined median

City staff will hold weekly meetings with downtown tenants and a website at www.cor.net/mainstreet has been created to support future outreach and keep people updated on the project. It includes traffic impact updates, project time lines, information on project specifics and a sign-up for direct e-mail updates. The project is expected to be completed in October 2020.
 
Richardson named a top 10 U.S. recession-proof housing market
Richardson has ranked in the top 10 of the most “recession-proof” housing markets in the U.S. as determined by researchers from online financial management platform Credit Sesame. Credit Sesame looked at the 500 largest cities in the U.S. and released a list of 17 cities/housing markets that have never experienced a greater-than-5-percent drop in average home value between 1997 and July 2018, thus deemed most likely to do well in a recession. Richardson came in at #9. For more information, including all the statistics that factored into Richardson’s ranking, click here.
 
Richardson ranked 10th best small real estate market in U.S.
Richardson has been named 2019’s 10th Best Small Real Estate Market in a recent study from personal finance outlet WalletHub.com. To determine the most attractive real estate markets in the U.S., WalletHub compared 300 cities of varying sizes across 23 key indicators. The data set ranges from median home-price appreciation to home sales turnover rate to job growth. Based on the findings, Richardson ranks 25th overall and 10th among small cities (fewer than 150,000 residents). To read the full study, click here.
 
Cottonwood Art Festival announces musical acts
The City’s Community Events Division has announced the musical lineup for the upcoming Cottonwood Art Festival, to be held Oct. 5-6 at Cottonwood Park.
Acts include:

  • American Idol Top 24 Finalist Ron Bultongez
  • Texas Flood, a Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute band
  • The Southpaw Preachers, a high-energy band that performs a mix of soul, funk, blues, jazz, hip hop, R&B and rock ‘n roll

Live entertainment takes place on two stages beginning at 10 a.m. each day. The biannual, free festival, now in its 50th year, also includes a juried art show, craft beer garden, a large variety of food purveyors and a dedicated children’s art activity area.
For more festival information, including the complete music schedule, visit www.cottonwoodartfestival.com.
 
DART Silver Line Q&A available
As work continues across northern Richardson and surrounding areas on the Cotton Belt Silver Line project, DART has announced an e-mail address dedicated to answering questions from the public about the project. The Silver Line is scheduled to begin east-west service in 2022 between Plano and DFW Airport, with several stops along the way including two in Richardson. Questions on Twitter should use the hashtag #SilverLineQandA; send questions via e-mail to CottonBelt@DART.org. Over the next few weeks, DART plans to answer the questions on the DART Daily Blog located at dartdallas.dart.org.