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Downtown Main Street Rendering

Richardson’s Main Street area is undergoing major changes. Chartered in 1873, Richardson was generally centered between present-day Greer and Phillips streets on the north and south, and between Central Expressway and Greenville Avenue on the west and east. With projects ranging from a new public safety campus and public art projects to roadway improvements along Main Street and Greenville Avenue, the City is committed to reinvestment in its traditional downtown.

In 2009, the City Council adopted a new Comprehensive Plan, which identified the Main Street area as one of the six “Enhancement/Redevelopment” zones to address the challenges many first-tier suburbs were facing due to aging development and infrastructure. In 2012, the City began a community vision and market study for Main Street and Central Expressway corridors. This study included numerous public meetings with residents and stakeholders and resulted in two rezoning initiatives that were adopted by City Council in 2015 and 2016. To learn more about the vision and zoning initiatives, click here.

One of the major themes from the community vision is improving Belt Line/Main Street for mobility, aesthetics and functionality. Several infrastructure and public art improvements on Main Street began construction on Oct. 1, 2019 and are planned to be complete by late-2020. In addition, as one of the catalysts for Main Street redevelopment, the City is constructing a new Public Safety Campus for the police headquarters and fire administration. Construction on the Public Safety Campus is expected to be complete by mid 2020. Visit the links above to learn more about the specific projects.

Residents and business owners can sign up for Main Street projects updates below or follow the project on Facebook at @RichardsonRedevelopment.

TIMELINE

Public Safety Campus 

Fire 1 and Fire Administration
Opened October 2019

Police Headquarters
Opens late 2019 to early 2020

Main Street Construction

Start: September 2019

End: Late 2020

 Dates are subject to change

 

Main Street Redevelopment

 

For more information, please contact RichardsonRedevelopment@cor.gov

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