City asks public to give feedback on Richardson's planned Innovation District via an online survey

This map shows the 1,200-acre area that is the focus of revitalization efforts in Richardson.

This map shows the 1,200-acre area that is the focus of revitalization efforts in Richardson.

The city of Richardson is looking to the community for ideas on how to enhance a 1,200-acre area east of US 75.

The Collins/Arapaho Transit-Oriented Development and Innovation District is roughly contained by US 75, Campbell Road, Plano Road and Apollo Road. It has for decades been a hub for business and technology, but with this effort, the city hopes to revive the area by bringing in new businesses and community amenities.

In December, city staff and the consultant team behind the project presented their vision for the area to council. Now, they are hoping the public can help finalize the details.

An online survey posted July 2 invites feedback on the many aspects of development, including architectural styles for buildings; new uses for underused parking lots; building use options, such as entertainment, residential and retail; and ideas for development along the soon-to-be-expanded Duck Creek hike and bike trail.

A dog park, outdoor dining areas and park space with public art are a few of the trailside options shown via color photos within the survey.

The last day to take the survey is July 14, the city said.

For more information about the Collins/Arapaho TOD project and to access the survey visit www.cor.net/collinsarapaho.
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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.


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