The rezoning of the Collins/Arapaho Transit-Oriented Development and Innovation District is underway, and the City of Richardson is throwing a party to celebrate.

A block party will be held on Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14 at 1302 E. Collins Blvd. for residents and stakeholders to learn more about the Innovation District and offer feedback to city planners on what they would like to see the area become.  The block party will include live music and food trucks.

The 1,200-acre Innovation District surrounds the Arapaho Center DART Station and has long served as a job center for Richardson.  The vision for the area to become a tech hub that will support innovation and a range of businesses, while encouraging the creation of an inviting, green, lively, walkable and bikeable space was created following a nine-month study and a series of open houses and community meetings last year.

“Through the zoning initiative we’ll be able to provide additional layer of flexibility for property owners to make improvements to their buildings and make modernization improvements to their buildings but it’s also a way for us to really promote and brand the district to bring new businesses into the city,” said Doug McDonald, planning projects manager for the City of Richardson.

The block party is a come-and-go event, but the full presentation about the District will only be held at 7 p.m. June 13.  Registration is not required but is requested so City staff can have an idea of how many people will be attending.

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