City to display potential Collins Boulevard improvements at upcoming Innovation District block party

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Residents can learn about the city’s plan for its Innovation District at a block party next week.

The block party kicks off Phase 2 of the Collins/Arapaho Transit-Oriented Development and Innovation District project. This is the first of two summer events to gather public input.

“Folks can help set the direction of Phase 2,” the city’s Planning Projects Manager Doug McDonald said. “The block party is more of an interactive public meeting so people can see ideas proposed.”

The Innovation District is a 1,200-acre area roughly contained by Central Expressway and Campbell, Plano and Apollo roads. The area is home to several local and international businesses in the technology and innovation sector, according to the city.

During the event, the public will learn about the city’s vision for Collins Boulevard between Glenville Drive and Plano Road. Guests can test out new park and trail concepts as well as will share ideas about new uses, restaurants and other spaces in the district.

The event is scheduled for 1302 Collins Blvd. on Thursday, June 13, from 6:30-8:30 p.m and Friday, June 14, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.. Thursday’s event will include a 7 p.m. presentation on ideas for the area. There will be food trucks, live music and games, according to the city.

To RSVP, visit www.cor.net/collinsarapaho.

Another opportunity for public input is scheduled for later this summer. For those unable to attend the block party, the city will post a survey to its website that will also be available through the Richardson Chamber of Commerce, McDonald said.

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