Feb. 14, 2014
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.
KDC Announces Plans to Build Fourth State Farm Building
KDC today announced it will develop a 500,000-square-foot building, to be leased by State Farm, at the developer’s CityLine mixed-use project. The facility is the fourth building at CityLine to be leased by State Farm, bringing the company’s total leased space to 2 million square feet.
The new facility will consist of a 12-story office tower situated above a five-level parking structure and approximately 30,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. The building will be located at the northeast corner of State Street and Plano Road, directly across Plano Road from the three previously-announced towers leased by State Farm, which are currently under construction. Construction on the fourth facility will begin this summer with completion slated for mid-2016.
State Farm will begin using the CityLine facilities later this year, with moves occurring throughout 2015. State Farm also confirmed today that employees from their Dallas Operations Center will move to CityLine and that the Operations Center is under contract to be sold.
KDC has already begun the initial phase of the $600 million, 2.3 million-square-foot CityLine mixed-use development with completion scheduled for 2015. More than 92,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and entertainment venues with sidewalk cafes and patio seating will frame CityLine Plaza and State Street. The development will also include a hotel, multi-family residential units, a 3.5-acre park and other amenities.
Restaurant Under Construction Featured on Barbeque Blog
Chili’s founder Larry Lavine and restaurateur John T. Evans have chosen Richardson as the location for the new “Ten 50 BBQ” restaurant concept featuring wood-smoked meats and a variety of comfort foods. The two worked with the Richardson Economic Development Partnership to locate the restaurant in Richardson’s Central Expressway Corridor, which is a target area for the City Council’s redevelopment initiatives which also recently attracted the Metroplex’s first Alamo Drafthouse Cinema location.
The restaurant has already been featured on Texas Monthly’s popular barbecue blog. TMBBQ.com featured photos of the new sign and ongoing construction at 1050 N. Central Expressway, where a former K&G Fashion Superstore is being remodeled for the new restaurant.
Check out Ten 50 on the barbeque blog at tmbbq.com/ten-50-bbq-to-open.
Richardson Ranks as Fifth Happiest Mid-Size City in America
Richardson has been ranked as the fifth-happiest mid-size city in the U.S. by Movoto, a nationally-recognized real estate blog. Researchers looked at seven criteria – such as stress factors, personal safety and number of married residents – to rank 200 cities with similar populations. Richardson received high marks for its high education rates and low crime.
Learn more about the rankings and see a list of the top 50 cities at bit.ly/McYQi0.
Turning Lane Improvements Coming to Central Expressway (US 75) Corridor
New right turn lanes or expanded turning areas are coming to 12 streets connecting to Central Expressway's access roads. The improvements are being added to ease issues where traffic is slowed down for vehicles that are turning.
On Monday, the City Council approved a resolution outlining the City’s role in the TxDOT project. The plan calls for the addition of right turn lanes from the northbound frontage road at TI Boulevard, Lookout Drive, Glenville Drive and the President George Bush Turnpike frontage road; as well as from the southbound lanes at Fall Creek Drive. The project also includes widening the turning area at Municipal Drive, Collins Boulevard, Monte Blaine Lane, Gateway Boulevard, Melrose Drive, Jackson Street and Dumont Drive.
Construction is expected to begin this summer and be complete by mid-2015.
Council Reviews Proposed Changes for 2014 Summer Swimming Season
The City Council on Monday reviewed a plan to increase the number of hours that the Heights Family Aquatic Center is open to the public. The proposal calls for all swim lessons and classes to be held at the City’s other four pools, which will allow the Family Aquatic Center to operate only as a leisure pool and open at 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Proposed hours are unchanged from last year at the other City pools.
More than 4,000 people visited the Family Aquatic Center on average each week during the facility’s inaugural season in 2013, making it by far the most popular pool in Richardson. The center was funded through the 2010 Bond Program and opened midway through the 2013 summer swimming season. This year the Family Aquatic Center is expected to open on May 24.
The Parks and Recreation Department is finalizing schedules and plans for the 2014 summer swimming season. Look for the Summer Recreation Guide, which will include a full listing of swimming programs and camps, in the March edition of Richardson Today.
City Prepares Outdoor Warning Sirens for Spring Storm Season
The City of Richardson conducted maintenance on its outdoor warning system this week to ensure that it is ready for the spring storm season. The City worked on each of its 22 sirens, with some sounded at a very low volume for a short period of time to ensure they are working properly. The tests were not audible except to people who were outside and in close proximity to the sirens.
For more information about the City of Richardson’s outdoor warning system, please visit cor.net/em.
Floyd, Apollo and Buckingham Roads to be Improved
Construction crews will soon begin making pavement repairs on South Floyd, Apollo and Buckingham roads as part of an effort to eliminate temporary asphalt patches throughout the City. The project includes limited repairs to broken curbs and sidewalks in addition to the asphalt patch replacement.
The work will be completed on South Floyd Road from Belt Line Road to US 75, Apollo Road from Glenville Drive to Jupiter Road and Buckingham Road from Sherman Street to Audelia Road. Construction is expected to begin in March and be complete by September.
Council Awards Bid for Oncor Signature Trails Landscape Project
Landscaping improvements are coming to a section of Owens Trail south of Collins Boulevard as part of Oncor’s Texas Trails Program. Oncor, North Texas’ regulated electric transmission and distribution service provider, is providing $250,000 for the project, which will be maintained by the City.
The section of Owens Trail being improved winds past Oncor transmission towers and lies within Oncor’s right of way. The improvements to the Owens Trail are designed to serve as an example of how Oncor can work with community partners to create landscaped trails that do not interfere with transmission lines.
Construction is expected to begin this month and wrap up in April.
Crowley Park Holds Early Trash Bash Event
Crowley Park residents braved frigid temperatures Feb. 8 to get an early start on the April 26 Trash Bash. Thirty-four residents cleaned up Crowley Park and other parts of the neighborhood, gathering 19 bags of trash and 9 bags of recyclables. Residents in this area have found that by April, when the Trash Bash takes place, growing foliage can prevent them from easily cleaning up certain parts of the neighborhood.
Through the Trash Bash, the City supports local groups that want to keep Richardson clean by providing bags and disposing of what is collected. This year’s Trash Bash will be held April 26. Learn more at cor.net/trashbash.
Early Voting Begins Next Week
Early voting for the March 4 Democratic and Republican Party Primary Election will be available for Dallas County voters at the Richardson Civic Center/City Hall beginning Tuesday. Early voting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 through Friday, Feb. 21, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 23, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 to Friday, Feb. 28. Richardson City Hall will not be a voting location on Election Day.
A sample ballot and Dallas County election day polling locations may be found on the Dallas County Elections website at dallascountyvotes.org. Collin County polling locations and a sample ballot may be found on the Collin County Elections Department website at co.collin.tx.us/elections.
Voters will be required to show a photo ID at the polls. For more information, contact the Dallas County Elections Department at 214-819-6300 or the Collin County Elections Department at 972-424-1460 ext. 1990.
For more information, contact the Richardson City Secretary’s Office at 972-744-4290 or visit cor.net/elections.
Police Department Honored by Texas Police Chiefs Association
The Richardson Police Department has been re-recognized by the Texas Police Chiefs Association for meeting or exceeding 165 Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices. The department was first recognized in 2009, but every four years it must show independent assessors that it still meets all of the standards, leading to re-recognized status.
The best practices are designed to improve officer safety, protect the rights of individuals and promote efficient service. Learn more about the program at texaspolicechiefs.org/what-recognition.
Richardson ISD Student Artwork on Display at Eisemann Center
Visual artwork created by children in kindergarten through 12th grade at Richardson ISD is on display at the Eisemann Center’s Green Mezzanine-Gallery through Feb. 23. The K-12 Student Art Exhibition was created by the Eisemann Educates program and provides a venue for young artists to showcase their skills and understanding of the creative process.
Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and during all public events. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information on exhibits and events, visit eisemanncenter.com.
Eisemann Center Presents Shows Take the Stage This Week
Three shows in the Eisemann Center Presents series will be performed at the Eisemann Center this week. The Church Basement Ladies “A Mighty Fortress is Our Basement” will take the stage at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $35 to $40.
“We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” will be performed at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, with Eisemann Extras activities beginning at 1:30 p.m. An accompanying story time at Barnes & Noble will take place at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets cost $12 to $22.
“The Fantasticks” will be presented in partnership with the UT Dallas School of Arts & Humanities at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 and Feb. 22 and 2 p.m. Feb. 22 and Feb. 23. Tickets cost $32 to $40. Learn more at fantasticksontour.com.
Tickets for all shows are available at eisemanncenter.com or by calling 972-744-4650.
Richardson Symphony Orchestra to Perform the Music of John Williams
The Richardson Symphony Orchestra and the UNT chorus will perform several pieces by composer John Williams at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Eisemann Center. Selections include music from “Jaws,” “Star Wars,” “Jurassic Park” and more.
Tickets cost $10 to $87 and are available at eisemanncenter.com or by calling 972-744-4650. For more information, visit richardsonsymphony.org.
Writing Workshop at Library on Saturday
C.J. Critt will bring her popular interactive writing workshop back to the Richardson Public Library from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Saturday in the Basement Program Room. “The Write Stuff” is an engaging writing and performance workshop focused on writers, whether they are beginners or professionals, who wish to banish writer’s block and connect with their most vivid, searing, uncensored and memorable feelings, experiences and beliefs.
The workshop will include readings and performances by Critt and writing sessions for students. The free program is for adults and teens age 15 and older. Register by calling 972-744-4376.
The workshop is sponsored by the Friends of the Richardson Public Library.
Lunchtime Lectures to Feature the Vanderbilts
The Richardson Public Library will host a series of Lunchtime Lectures on the Vanderbilts presented by Richard Cudlipp of Collin College’s Seniors Active in Learning Program. The first lecture is on The Commodore from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Basement Program Room.
The series will continue on Feb. 25 and March 4. Attendees are encouraged to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program. Registration is not required. Call 972-744-4376 for more information.
RCAS to Host Artist Demonstration Next Week
Jeff Good will present a demonstration of his watercolor techniques at the Richardson Civic Art Society meeting on Tuesday. Good has been a practicing architect for 30 years and has been doing watercolor since college.
RCAS meets in the Richardson Public Library basement on third Tuesdays of the month at 6:30 p.m. The event is free, and all are welcome. RCAS is supported by the City of Richardson through a grant from the Arts Commission.
AARP Offering Tax Prep Help
Tax-Aide, sponsored by AARP and the IRS, will provide free tax return preparation and e-filing assistance for low to moderate income taxpayers with an emphasis on seniors. The service is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays at the Richardson Public Library and 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays at the Senior Center. The program will run through April 14.
People should bring Social Security cards and all pertinent tax forms, including Social Security statements. The service will be offered on a first come, first served basis.
RISD Council of PTAs Used Book Fair Continues
The RISD Council of PTAs is holding a Used Book Fair from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Dal-Rich Village Shopping Center on the corner of Belt Line and Coit roads. Books, CDs and DVDs will be for sale, with most items priced from 50 cents to $2. Proceeds will benefit the Dr. J.J. Pearce Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for RISD teachers and high school seniors. For more information, visit risdpta.org.
Richardson Animal Shelter Pet of the Week
Find your Soul Mutt at the Richardson Animal Shelter today! Tara is a super playful young spayed female, Catahoula mix, about 2 years old, up to date on all vaccinations, and she’s also microchipped. She loves to play fetch, go for long walks at the park, and then snuggle and cuddle on the couch. Tara's not much of a talker, would be a great jogging buddy, and she won't complain if you leave your socks on the floor!
For information about other animals available for adoption, visit the Animal Shelter’s Facebook page at facebook.com/RichardsonAnimalShelter.
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