Innovation District Block Party
The Collins/Arapaho Transit-Oriented Development and Innovation District Study is a City-initiated visioning effort for an approximate 1,200-acre area, generally bounded by Central Expressway (US 75), Campbell Road, Plano Road, and Apollo Road.
This area is the heart of the Telecom Corridor® and has been a job center and hub of technology and innovation in the region, and continues to be home to both local and international businesses. The Arapaho Center DART Station is located within this District and serves as a major opportunity site for new transit-oriented development.
Phase 2: Zoning Entitlements
Building on the Vision Study accepted by City Council in December 2018 (Phase 1) and the Richardson 2009 Comprehensive Plan recommendations, the second phase of the Collins/Arapaho Transit-Oriented Development and Innovation District will include amending zoning entitlements for properties within the 1,200-acre area. By enabling more flexibility for industrial properties to be reused, the City can help property owners maximize the development potential and building footprint of each site while encouraging new uses and amenities.
The zoning entitlement process will also include the creation of new comprehensive development regulations of key opportunity sites identified in the Vision Study, such as the Arapaho Center DART Station, to anchor the District and bring new diverse activities. This process will take approximately 12 months to complete, beginning in January 2019, and will include opportunities for community input.
Staff is also developing a work plan for implementing the remaining goals and strategies consistent with the Vision Study and will continue working with the City’s institutional partners to advance the District’s vision.
Phase 1: Vision Study
The Collins/Arapaho Transit-Oriented Development and Innovation District Study was accepted by City Council on December 3, 2018. The Study, which was completed over a nine-month process, developed a vision for the District to be “the premier tech hub in Texas”. To achieve the vision, the District will:
- provide a place where a range of businesses across industries at different points in their growth can thrive,
- support existing businesses while attracting new ones,
- continue to be a center for innovation and entrepreneurship,
- be lively and active,
- be visually unique and green,
- be walkable and bikeable, and
- the station area will serve as the principal gateway to the District
Input from a series of community meetings, pop-up workshops at businesses and the Arapaho Center DART Station, focus groups, and an online survey was incorporated and played an important role in shaping the vision for the District.
The Brookings Institute defines innovation districts as “…geographic areas where leading-edge anchor institutions and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, business incubators, and accelerators. They are also physically compact, transit-accessible, and technically-wired and offer mixed-use housing, office and retail.” It is the City’s desire to maximize the potential for transit-oriented development in proximity to the Arapaho Center Station and reposition the area as a successful innovation district that is an economic driver within the City and DFW region.
The Collins/Arapaho area is one of six Enhancement/ Redevelopment zones identified in the City of Richardson's 2009 Comprehensive Plan. This area was chosen due to its overall character—large quantities of older, underperforming flex space with high vacancy rates—and because it has been challenged by changes in markets, technology, and user requirements.
Portions of the approximate 1,200-acre study area have been the focus of multiple planning studies since 2000. A baseline market analysis completed and accepted by City Council in 2013 for the East Arapaho/Collins area, followed by the Chamber of Commerce East Arapaho/Collins Task Force Report completed in 2017. A list of all past planning studies for this area can be found below.
- Chamber of Commerce East Arapaho/Collins Task Force (2017)
- East Arapaho/Collins Enhancement/Redevelopment Study: Baseline Market Analysis (2013)
- Richardson Comprehensive Plan (2009)
- Richardson DART Station Area Market Analysis (2003)
- Arapaho Center Station Area Plan (2002)
- ULI Panel Study (2000)
For more information, please contact Doug McDonald at email@example.com or 972-744-4243.