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Week In Review, Oct. 11, 2013
Posted Date: 10/11/2013
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Oct. 11, 2013
Here is the latest edition of Week In Review - a series of weekly messages from the Mayor and City Council to help Richardson residents and businesses keep up to date on events at City Hall.

News Briefs

Council Discusses Main Street/Central Expressway Redevelopment Study
Redevelopment opportunities along Richardson’s Main Street and Central Expressway Corridor were highlights in an update presented to the City Council during this week’s work session meeting. The Corridor has long been a focal point for redevelopment opportunities, and was included as a special study area in an update done to the city’s comprehensive plan in 2009.

During the past few years the City has conducted research and public meetings to begin putting together a strategic plan for attracting new opportunities to revitalize the area. Community feedback ranges from a vision of mixed-use office, retail and residential development to something less dense that maintains the character of the area as it is today.

Although the study recommends that new zoning and development regulations be adopted for the entire study area, the next phase of work will focus primarily on four key sub-districts: Main Street, Central Place, Chinatown and Interurban. These four sub-districts present opportunities to capitalize on current project momentum and to build on existing successes within a manageable geographic area.

The Council is expected to tour the four sub-districts in November to visit potential catalyst sites and get a first-hand overview of the study area. Later that month, Council members are planning to visit eight to ten sites in the Dallas area that are conceptually representative of potential development opportunities in Richardson.

Additionally, the Council is expected to consider the results of an analysis performed to determine the appropriate maximum heights for future buildings in the Central Place and Main Street sub-districts, as well as the appropriate future configuration of Main Street east of Central Expressway, in January 2014. Once the Council provides direction related to those items, the process of crafting new zoning and development regulations will begin.

There will be opportunities for the public, property owners, stakeholders, City Plan Commission and Council to provide feedback while the new zoning and development regulations are being crafted, with City Council considering the regulations for adoption by November 2014.

Watch the work session presentation at


Book Deposits Unavailable During Construction of Automated Book Return
The indoor and outdoor book deposits at the Richardson Public Library are unavailable for use as the Library’s new materials handling system is installed through next week. Because of that, Library staff is asking patrons to return materials at a temporary location near the main entrance.

The Library is installing a new radio-frequency identification (RFID) system that will allow users to check out books and other materials at automated kiosks. The system was funded through the 2010 Bond Program and allows the Richardson Public Library to track and sort items electronically as they are checked out and returned. The new system will include two self-service checkout kiosks and four staffed checkout stations that can also function as self-service stations. This system is expected to reduce lines and wait times.

The new checkout kiosks are scheduled to be installed at the end of October.


Recycle Electronics and Shred Documents on Saturday
Electronics Recycling
The Richardson Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association will hold an electronics recycling event and a document shredding event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow in the City Hall parking lot. Acceptable items include, but are not limited to:

Cell phones  




GPS devices



Inkjet cartridges





MP3 Players

Cable boxes



DVD Players




Desktop and laptop computers




Shredding will be limited to what can fit into a car. The documents will be destroyed on site, safely and securely. There is no charge to drop off electronics or documents for shredding, but donations will be accepted.

For more information, contact Bruce Murphy at 214-707-1945 or


Christmas Parade Registration Begins Monday
Parade Logo 2013
Get in on the spirit of the holiday season by participating in Richardson’s Annual Christmas Parade—a tradition that will celebrate its 42nd year. Individuals, groups, clubs, churches, schools and “kids of all ages” are encouraged to join in on this festivity. Registration forms will be online beginning Monday by going to and clicking on Christmas Parade. Deadline for registration is Nov. 27.

The theme for this year’s parade, which will be held along Plano Road, is “Candy Canes and Christmas Carols.” Individuals and groups are encouraged to represent this theme in their costumes, vehicles and floats.

For information regarding the parade, e-mail or call 972-744-4310.


City Council Presents Proclamation for YMCA’s 50 Years in Richardson
YMCA 50th Proclamation
The City Council presented a proclamation to the Richardson YMCA on Monday recognizing the organization’s 50th anniversary. The Richardson YMCA first operated out of a school gymnasium in 1963 and moved into its permanent home on Custer Road two years later. Fifty years later, programs at the YMCA are continuing to expand to serve Richardson families.
Richardson YMCA Executive Director Jeff Thomas presented a video to the Council that documents the organization’s history in Richardson and thanked the Council and City staff members for their support. Watch the video online at Watch the City Council work session presentation at

Other Richardson YMCA 50th anniversary events this year have included a family picnic and the opportunity to sponsor a new tree on the YMCA’s campus. 


Cottonwood Art Festival
Cottonwood Art Fall 2013
Thousands of people enjoyed the work of more than 240 artists last weekend at the fall Cottonwood Art Festival, which featured work in 16 categories including ceramics, jewelry, photography, leather and glass.
Cottonwood Recycle Barrels
Also, as part of the City's increased recycling efforts currently underway, the City of Richardson offered several opportunities for guests to recycle at the festival. Twenty new blue recycling barrels were placed throughout the park, and almost 700 pounds of material was collected. Kids also learned about recycling and used recycled materials to make hats and necklaces at a free exhibit in the ArtStop children’s area. 

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A Few Clint Black Tickets Still Available
Clint Black
Tickets are selling fast, but a limited number are still available, for Saturday’s Clint Black concert at the Eisemann Center.

The country music star will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday as part of the Eisemann Center Presents series. Black has long been a fixture in the country music community with international and cross-genre notoriety as a songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. He has written, recorded, and released more than 100 songs, with one-third of his songs reaching hit status on country radio.

Tickets range from $45 to $65 and may be purchased online at or by calling the Eisemann Center Ticket Office at 972-744-4650.


Dallas VideoFest Comes to Alamo Drafthouse Cinema
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The Video Association of Dallas will show screenings of films that are rarely seen anywhere else at VideoFest, which runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 100 S. Central Expressway. Categories include experimental/art films, animation, narrative and documentary shorts, and hard-to-find classic TV episodes and films.

The festival opened at Gilley’s in Dallas on Wednesday and moved to Alamo DrafthouseCinema on Thursday. Tickets cost $8 for most screenings, and an all-festival pass is available for $150.

For more information, visit


Friends of the Library Book Sale
The Friends of the Richardson Library is hosting a book sale with more than 50,000 books, CDs, DVDs and other media available for purchase in the basement of the Richardson Public Library. The sale will continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Shoppers can purchase everything they can fit into an FOL-supplied bag for $10 from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Cash and check will be the only payment methods accepted. For more information, visit


Ride DART to Red River Rivalry
DART is offering additional light rail trains and buses Saturday to take football fans to the annual AT&T Red River Rivalry game between the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma. The game kicks off at 11 a.m. at the Cotton Bowl at Fair Park.

Passengers on southbound Red Line trains can transfer to the Green Line Circulator at Pearl/Arts District Station to head to the game. In addition, specially marked southbound Red Line trains will leave every 10 minutes from Parker Road Station to MLK, Jr. Station starting as early as four hours before kickoff.

Customers may purchase DART transit tickets in advance through the GoPass mobile ticketing application for Apple and Android smartphones. For more information, visit


Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Allie is a beautiful and very happy girl looking for a forever home! She is a pit bull terrier mix, about six years old, spayed, current on all vaccinations including rabies, and microchipped. She loves to play and will keep you entertained with her antics. Allie is house-trained, would do best with older children and she gets along with some pets.

For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at 


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