Dec. 14, 2012
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. A list of links for stories in this edition is available at the bottom of the page.
City Council Approves Zoning for Bush Turnpike Development
The City Council on Monday approved zoning for 186 acres of land near Bush Turnpike and Central Expressway that will become a $1.5 billion master-planned project developed by KDC.
KDC’s project includes key blocks of land on the east and west sides of Plano Road. The east side includes 147.5 acres of land on the north side of Renner Road, between Plano Road and Wyndham Lane. The west side includes 38.5 acres of land south of Bush Turnpike between Plano Road and the DART light rail tracks. Conceptual design is under way for an urban environment that will incorporate build-to-suit office buildings, an integrated healthcare facility, 3,925 multi-family residential units, hotels, retail and restaurants.
The mixed-use development is part of the City of Richardson’s Tax Increment Financing Zone 2 outlined in the Bush/75 Urban Center Development Infrastructure Support Strategy. In addition to the zoning approval, the City Council on Monday also adopted and approved the final plan for the TIF zone.
The TIF, established in 2011, was created by the City Council to attract high-quality development. It uses funds generated through a portion of increased real property tax values within the district over a 25-year period to reimburse the developer for up-front costs incurred to install necessary public infrastructure and other public improvements.
KDC’s 38.5-acre tract west of Plano Road is part of a planned 57.1 acre mixed-use, transit-oriented development originally approved in early 2011. The remainder, approximately 18.6 acres, is planned to be developed by Zale Corson Group beginning in 2013. The area, along Renner Road west of Plano Road, would include approximately 800 multifamily residential units, retail-ready ground floor space, structured parking and planned streetscape amenities.
Watch the City Council presentation at: http://bit.ly/RtwLF5
Last Weekend for Santa’s Village
This is the last weekend this season to visit Santa’s Village, which will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight through Sunday. The Village is just north of Richardson City Hall, 411 W. Arapaho Rd.
Guests may stop by each of the 17 tiny dwellings, which feature a variety of holiday activities. Santa Claus will be on hand to visit with children, but the line will shut down before 9 p.m. each evening.
Santa’s Village is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=1303.
Heights Recreation Center Closing Starts This Weekend
Heights Recreation Center will be open regular hours through Saturday. After that, the nearly 50-year-old facility will be closed and soon demolished as part of a project to construct a new facility, which is expected to open next to the old location in May 2013.
During the closure, Heights Recreation Center classes and programs will be held at Huffhines Recreation Center and other City facilities. Stay posted on all changes through the City’s website at www.cor.net/parks.
The new Heights Recreation Center is approximately the same size, is similarly designed and will have many of the same amenities as Huffhines Recreation Center. The new Center will include a high school regulation-sized basketball court, larger fitness and cardio areas, updated locker rooms, larger classroom space and much more. The $11.8 million project is funded through the 2010 Bond Program.
City Council Awards Bid to Build Park on Weatherred Drive
The City Council on Monday awarded a bid of $580,820 to Cooper General Contractors to construct a neighborhood park on Weatherred Drive. Construction is expected to begin later this month and be complete by May 2013. The project, which is funded through the 2010 Bond Program, includes demolishing and removing four homes on the site.
The new park will be located on four contiguous lots from 400 to 406 S. Weatherred Dr. and will include a playground, pavilion, plaza, open play lawn and butterfly garden. Some of the features will include bricks from the homes that will be demolished to make room for the park.
The park pavilion is designed with a mid-century modern approach that honors the history of the neighborhood. The final design was generated after several community meetings to gather public input.
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City Council and CPC to Discuss US-75/Main Street Study Monday
The City Council and City Plan Commission will hold a joint meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at City Hall to begin the wrap-up of the first phase of the Main Street/Central Expressway Corridor redevelopment study. Monday's meeting will be the first of a two-part review; the second, which will focus on implementation, has been tentatively set for Jan. 28. Monday's meeting is scheduled as a joint session to allow the Plan Commission and Council to discuss the vision and marketing phase of the project together along with the staff/consultant study team.
Main Street and the Central Expressway Corridor are two areas identified for upgrades in the 2009 Richardson Comprehensive Plan. For more information, visit http://www.cor.net/index.aspx?page=1438.
Flags to Fly at Half-Staff Through Tuesday Evening
Flags in Richardson will fly at half-staff until sunset Tuesday, Dec. 18 as a mark of respect for the victims of the shooting Friday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to fly their flags at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of respect.
NTMWD to Offer Free Chlorine Maintenance
The North Texas Municipal Water District, which supplies water to the City of Richardson, has scheduled a free chlorine maintenance that will be conducted on water distribution systems from Jan. 14 to Feb. 11, 2013. The maintenance will not affect water quality, although residents may notice taste and odor changes.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality allows water suppliers to perform free chlorine maintenance, which helps reduce the need for suppliers to flush systems and helps conserve water.
Read full press release HERE.
Christmas Parade Available for Viewing
The 41st annual Christmas Parade – “Reindeer Games” – will be broadcast at 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Jan. 1 on Richardson’s Time Warner Cable, Channel 16, and ATT U-Verse, Channel 99.
A limited number of free DVDs of the Christmas Parade are available at Green Bank, 1301 E. Campbell Rd.
Breakfast with Santa on Thursday
Huffhines Recreation Center will host Breakfast with Santa from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and 10 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20. Children age 2 to 5 can enjoy a morning meal with Santa Claus, make a holiday craft and receive a special treat.
Cost is $10. Pre-registration is required at www.cor.net/parksonline, and seating is limited. Huffhines Recreation Center is at 200 N. Plano Rd. For more information, call 972-744-7881.
Holiday Events at the Eisemann Center
The Eisemann Center will host two holiday shows this week. The Vocal Majority Chorus will present “A Christmas at the South Pole” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $10 to $43. For more information, visit www.vocalmajority.com.
Royale Ballet Dance Academy will present “The Nutcracker” at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets cost $10 to $20. For more information, visit www.royaleballet.com.
Tickets for all shows are available at www.eisemanncenter.com or by calling 972-744-4650.
Richardson Woman’s Club Hosts Holiday Bazaar
The Richardson Woman’s Club will host a Holiday Bazaar from noon to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow at Founders Hall, 2005 N. Cliffe Dr. The bazaar will feature a variety of vendors selling jewelry, handmade gifts, Christmas wreaths and ornaments, purses and much more.
For more information, call 972-238-0841.
Me Oh Maya Event at Library
The Richardson Public Library will host Me Oh Maya from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 in the Basement Program Room. The event will celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar and include Mayan crafts, games, information about Mayan culture and an opportunity to dress up as a Mayan warrior.
The free event is open to students in second through fifth grade. For more information, call 972-744-4358.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
This sweet dog is Bell! She came to the Shelter as a stray. When she came in she was with her brother who has already been adopted. She is a 3-year-old pit bull-terrier mix, brown and gray colored. She is super sweet and is full of energy. Contact the Animal Shelter (972-744-4480) about Bell or other animals available for adoption.
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RichardsonAnimalShelter.
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