Residential portion of HALL Park at Richardson goes vertical and 4 more things to know this week, Sept. 3-7

At full build-out HALL Park at Richardson will include two office buildings, seven apartment buildings and 10,000 square feet of retail.

At full build-out HALL Park at Richardson will include two office buildings, seven apartment buildings and 10,000 square feet of retail.

A citywide ban on outdoor watering was lifted Monday, Sept. 3, following the repair of a damaged water transmission in Richardson. Here is what else you need to know this week.

City and school district facilities closed for Labor Day
Several city offices facilities and school district buildings will be closed Monday, Sept. 3, in celebration of Labor Day. Those facilities include:

  • City Hall/Civic Center

  • Richardson ISD Administration Building

  • Eisemann Center

  • Richardson Public Library

  • Richardson Senior Center

For a full list of closings and information about facilities that will remain open, visit the city's website.

Citywide outdoor watering ban in place until Tuesday, Sept. 4
On Thursday afternoon, Aug. 30, the city of Richardson announced a break in one of the water transmission lines that feeds two of seven water towers in the city. In response, the city declared a critical water shortage and instituted a citywide outdoor watering ban until Tuesday, Sept. 4. The ban was lifted Monday, Sept. 3, when the North Texas Municipal Water District completed repairs ahead of schedule.

The only wind tunnel of its kind in the US is now being used to conduct experiments at The University of Texas at Dallas

The process to bring the Boundary Layer and Subsonic Tunnel, or BLAST, to UTD began in February 2014 when its aerodynamic design was created by Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Giacomo Valerio Iungo. Construction began in 2016.

An official unveiling of BLAST was held July 9.

Residential portion of mixed-use development HALL Park at Richardson goes vertical
The residential piece of the 30-acre, mixed-use development HALL Park at Richardson is going vertical at the corner of Custer Parkway and the President George Bush Turnpike.

Blake Schroeder, development director of Leon Capital Group, responsible for the multifamily housing portion of the project, said crews began work in May and are in the process of pouring building foundations.

At full build-out the seven-building apartment complex, called Spur 190, will include 415 units ranging from one to three bedrooms, Schroeder said.

Transit agency board of directors votes to remove Coit, Preston Road rail stations from future Cotton Belt line
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit board of directors voted Tuesday to amend the Cotton Belt service plan to delete two stations, one which was planned to be constructed on Coit Road and another on Preston Road.

The amendment to the service plan, as motioned by DART board member and former Richardson Mayor Gary Slagel, stipulated the Coit Road and Preston Road stations “are not to be funded, in whole or in part, in this project budget and are not to be included in DART’s 20-year financial plan.”

City of Richardson spokesperson Greg Sowell said the city did not have an official position on the location of the Preston Road and Coit Road stations.

By Olivia Lueckemeyer
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.