Collins/East Arapaho Task Force offers proposal for revitalization

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May 01, 2017

The Chamber's Collins/East Arapaho Task Force has made significant progress developing recommendations in 2016 and making presentations during 2017. 

The result is a recommendation to city leaders and stakeholders to promote the area as an innovation district with access to resources, transportation and location advantages. The 1,000-acre area is bounded roughly by Campbell Road on the north, Plano Road on the east, Apollo Road on the south and Greenville Avenue on the west.

With the help from the area's stakeholders, community input, and facilitated analysis from Karen Walz of Strategic Community Solutions, the task force has identified actions that would make this area even more desirable in the future.

Recommendations include areas of rezoning (for mixed use), developing a marketing campaign for the area emphasizing its legacy as an innovation hub, and filling the area with high-quality technical jobs. Specifically, an innovation district is where companies connect start-ups, business incubators and accelerators. They tend to be physically compact, accessible to transportation, and have mixed-use housing, office and retail.

Bryan Marsh, VP Global Asset Management, Digital Realty and RCC Chairman of the Board, and Michael Spicer, Director of Development Services, City of Richardson, will present the results at the next Growth and Mobility luncheon at 11:30 am on May 17 at the Richardson Civic Center. The event is ony open to members and costs $15. To watch the original presentation the Task Force made to the City Council, visit the City website here

Register for the luncheon, sponsored by Mulvihill Asset Management and Texas Bank and Trust, here.

John Jacobs, Executive Vice President, Economic Development, (972) 792-2812