The City of Richardson has earned a 2017 Celebrating Leadership in Development Excellence (CLIDE) Award from the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) for its innovative planning and strong implementation support for the CityLine transit-oriented development.
CityLine, a 200-acre, mixed-use project that serves as a major regional destination and employment center, was recognized in the CLIDE Awards’ New Development category.
Created in 2003, the biennial CLIDE Awards program encourages innovative development projects and practices that help accommodate expected population growth and ensure a sustainable North Texas for generations to come. With this year’s honor, Richardson has now been recognized with at least one CLIDE Award in each of the five award program categories.
“We’re honored to receive this prestigious recognition for Richardson’s purposeful development efforts,” said Richardson Mayor Paul Voelker. “The CityLine project truly reflects the forward-thinking, long-term vision and years of hard work put in by so many individuals and organizations, from City staff and elected officials to property owners, the project developer, CityLine tenants, Richardson residents and numerous other community partners. We are grateful for their support as we endeavored to transform a large, vacant tract into what is today a shining example of the highest-quality North Texas developments.”
The City of Richardson’s work to facilitate a transformative, transit-oriented development at this strategically located greenfield site traces its origins to an Urban Land Institute study commissioned by the City in 1999, which revealed that the community would benefit greatly if it could attract a project that would leverage current and future DART rail lines to create a regional hub of activity. CityLine adjoins what is now the CityLine/Bush Station, which serves the existing north-south DART Red Line and will also serve the future east-west Cotton Belt Commuter Rail Line, connecting Richardson to major destinations to the west, such as The University of Texas at Dallas, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and downtown Fort Worth.
Richardson’s planning and regulatory work, which earned a 2011 CLIDE Award in the Public Policy and Planning category, included re-zoning of the future CityLine site to better accommodate a transit-oriented, mixed-use retail, office and residential project. The innovative form-based codes adopted by the City ensure high-quality construction and aesthetic standards as well as responsible traffic management, while also allowing the project developers greater flexibility to mix commercial and residential uses to best meet market demands.
Today, CityLine includes nearly 3 million square feet of office space, with major operations for State Farm and Raytheon employing thousands; a 41,000-square-foot medical office building; over 230,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space; a 150-room hotel; a 40,000-square-foot specialty grocer; nearly 1,000 urban apartment homes; a 3.5-acre park and a 2-acre civic plaza – with other major project components currently under construction. At full build-out, the 200-acre development will include 5 million square feet of office space; 300,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space; 3,925 apartments; a medical building; and two hotels.
The CLIDE Awards recognize private and public development programs and projects that exemplify the following 12 principles of development excellence, which outline a vision for sustainable, livable communities:
- Development Diversity
- Efficient Growth
- Pedestrian Design
- Housing Choice
- Activity Centers
- Environmental Stewardship
- Quality Places
- Efficient Mobility Options
- Resource Efficiency
- Educational Opportunity
- Healthy Communities
CLIDE Award recipients were selected by a distinguished panel of nationally recognized experts in the fields of architecture, planning and sustainable development, and were honored at the NCTCOG General Assembly on June 16.
About the City of Richardson
The city of Richardson is widely recognized for its commitment to excellence, rich history and bright future, all of which make Richardson a smart choice for residents and businesses. Known globally for its high-tech business leadership, the city of Richardson is home to the Telecom Corridor® area and offers a high quality of life, diverse array of neighborhoods, convenient Metroplex location, multi-modal transportation infrastructure and outstanding City services. Richardson has been repeatedly recognized as one of the top places to live, work or obtain an education by Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance and other national and local media. The City remains dedicated to continuous improvement, as well as to the principles of open government and two-way communications with residents. To learn more, visit www.cor.net.