An existing one-story office building in Richardson is set to be replaced by a five-story apartment building.

Richardson City Council approved a rezoning request to create a planned development zoning designation that would allow the construction of an apartment building during the Jan. 8 meeting. JLB Partners filed the zoning request to replace the existing office building, located at 2520 N. Central Expressway, which is just north of the Galatyn Park Dallas Area Rapid Transit Station.

The overview

According to city documents, the apartment building will have 390 units and a five-level parking garage along with several amenities, including two courtyard areas, one of which will have a pool. Requirements for the development also stipulate that four further amenities, such as a fitness center or dog park, must be included.

Plans submitted to the city also include a proposal by the developer to make a connection to the existing Central Trail across DART rail tracks. Sam Chavez, Richardson director of development services, said fencing would be erected near the crossing to slow down any pedestrian traffic prior to traveling across the tracks.

Development Partner at JLB Partners Jeff Patton said the average rent for the apartments would be slightly over $2,000 per month. He added that a design emphasis was placed on the ability to work from home with built-in desk space in 90% of the two-bedroom units and 15% of one-bedroom apartments.

The project is expected to be completed by 2027, based on a traffic analysis submitted to the city.

What they’re saying

“We think that we’re going to bring a really high-end, best-in-class development, but also provide some affordable housing for residents here in Richardson,” Patton said.

“I think that it makes sense to develop what is there into something that is needed in North Texas, and that is housing,” council member Jennifer Justice said.