Happenings within Richardson this past summer

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September 23, 2017
Read more about business expansions, restaurant openings, DART, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, RISD and Richardson’s outstanding real estate market.

The DART board has approved the next stage of funding for the Cotton Belt Line through bonds, federal loans and internal and external revenues.

Business expansions and relocations
L&S Mechanical is expanding and relocating its headquarters several streets down on East Arapaho to Glenville. L&S is the largest plumbing service company specializing in new, single family residential construction in the Texas and Oklahoma markets.
Wattstopper, specializing in lighting controls (part of French conglomerate Legrand) has relocated from Plano to Campbell & Plano with 40K sq ft.
GXT, which designs fiber optic systems, expanded its presence at Arapaho and International by 20K sq. ft.

Retail/Restaurants
Canyon Creek Art and Frame has moved locations from 75 and Campbell down Campbell to Coit, near the Tom Thumb.
New restaurants Pollo Campero (NE), Sigree Indian Restaurant and Grill, Sweet Frog Yogurt Shop (SE) and JC’s Burgers (SE) are now at Beltline and Coit.
Fish N Tails Oyster Bar and Seafood, currently downtown is moving to 75 and Spring Valley into the old Sasha’s (which has been a series of night clubs in recent years).
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Institutional partners
Methodist Richardson Medical Center is expanding its Renner location ahead of its original 10-year projection to this summer (which is three years) in a $85 million commitment. The expansion will include an additional 150 beds (to its current 191 beds) on an added two stories, a seven-story parking lot, a ninth operating room and an additional minimally invasive, robotic-aided, award-winning da Vinci surgical system.
Richardson Independent School District (RISD) is off on a successful new year with the theme of “Don’t Stop!” More than 39,000 students are spread across 59 campuses. The leadership has hired consultants to help develop their five-year strategic plan. The district is targeting CTE career and technical training and a desire to provide a meaningful internship to every high school student. For a more in-depth update from Superintendent Dr. Jeannie Stone at the Chamber-hosted State of the District on Oct. 11.

Richardson has been ranked third in small cities of the top real estate markets in the US by WalletHub, using housing-market attractiveness and economic strength, including home price appreciation, home sales turnover rate and job growth. WalletHub also ranked Richardson seven in the best places for first-time home buyers.
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Amy Alexander, Director, Marketing and Communications
amy@richardsonchamber.com, (972) 792-2812