by Dallas Innovates
Not every office park can be a monument to 21st Century amenities and transit, but the City of Richardson knows that a few small changes have the power to reinvigorate an underserved area, bringing everything from happier workers to tech startups to the city.
That’s why a team from the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, the City of Richardson, nonprofit Better Block Foundation, and others have been working for more than a year to launch an innovation district in the Collins-Arapaho area, known officially as the Collins/Arapaho Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) and Innovation District.
The area, dubbed the ‘Premier Tech Hub of Texas,’ the city reports in its Innovation District Study, contains more than half of the businesses and 20 percent of the jobs (an estimated 19,000 workers) in Richardson.
Because the area has been home to some of the region’s most innovative companies—Collins Radio, Ericsson, Texas Instruments—it became known as a Telecom Corridor.
To reestablish the innovation that once dominated the area, Doug McDonald, AICP Planning Projects Manager for the City of Richardson, says the city is pushing to implement an innovation district complete with improved bike lanes, activated green spaces, building refurbishments, and even potential for a food truck area.
Among the green spaces McDonald hopes to activate is a small waterway that runs through the site known as Duck Creek.