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07/16/2008 Best Small Cities - Great news! Richardson has placed #18 on the list of the top 100 "Best Small Cities" in the USA. Only 3 Texas small cities scored three higher...Round Rock(7), McKinney (14) and Carrolton (15). Lots of Texas cities scored lower including:Allen (20)
01/23/2008 Campbell Road Beautification - We have updated information from Dan Baker at the City of Richardson. After we filed our application for matching funds in 2006, there was a moratorium on irrigation/landscaping projects due to the drought. At this time, projects are back on the boards, so naturally, they are backlogged. He will complete an initial assessment in approx. 4-6 wks., and get back with us with ideas and cost estimates. We will be required to use the city's contractors, and we will be able to stage our project. We'll keep you informed.
07/10/2007 Water Restrictions - Due to the rains the last two months, water restrictions have been lifted. You may now water your lawn any day of the week, but not between the hours of 10am through 6pm.
07/01/2007 RV Ordinance Takes Effect - Boats, trailers, campers, motor homes are not allowed in front of homes. They must be screened from view if parked at the rear.
06/25/2007 City Council - Long time mayor, Gary Slagel, was rejected in the city council vote for mayor. Gary had been mayor of Richardson for 16 years. Steve Mitchell will take over as the new mayor. Likewise, John Murphy, mayor pro-tem for the last 12 years, was also ousted. Bob Townsend will take over that position. Gary has indicated that he will resign his position on the Council. He was re-elected in the May election. What a shame that he may cost the City a large pile of cash to hold a special election to fill his seat.
06/22/2007 Richardson Square Mall - Demolition is underway.
06/22/2007 The Venue - This is a $34 million complex of about 280 high-end apartments and retail space next to the Galatyn Dart Station.
06/22/2007 Eastside - This $90 million complex combines apartments, retail, and office space at Central and Campbell. It is under construction.
06/19/2007 Towne Central - This complex at Belt Line and Central is still in the early stages. Not all of the property has been acquired. The rumored Home Depot won't happen here.
06/19/2007 Wildflower! - Wildflower in May had a record attendance of about 72,000. There was a budget balance this year of $90,000. That means it only cost about $110,000 plus employee overtime to put this on.
06/11/2007 Residential Car Washing Now Permitted - As of June 11, 2007 Richardson City Council approved residents to wash their cars on private premises effective immediately. This includes cars, boats, trailers and other motor and mobile vehicles. When washing mobile vehicles, a self shut off nozzle must be used at all times. Residents may wash their vehicles, sensibly, any day of the week and will not be restricted to match the current lawn watering schedules. Spring and summer clean up on windows, walls and fences are also permitted with the use of a shut off nozzle. Lawns may continue to be watered twice per week only. If you have any further questions, please visit the City’s website, or contact the Public Services Department at (972) 744-4220, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
04/05/2007 Sexually Oriented Businesses - For the last few months, the City has been working hard to make it difficult for Sexually Oriented Businesses to locate within the City. This all came to a head with the opening of Zone D' Erotica on the west side of Central Expressway. A new City Ordinance (#3594) has been drafted with a final (?) public hearing set for April 9th, 7:30pm at City Hall. The City's WEB site has background information and presentations available. Also included are the two letters that you should have received.
11/21/2006 Richardson Square Mall - Rumors are that most of it is to be demolished. Sears and Target remain. A Home Depot or Lowe's will go in.
11/06/2006 Tax Increment Financing - The City intends to create a TIF to sponsor redevelopment along Central Expressway and also along Spring Valley.
10/17/2006 City Wide Wireless Network - Plans are in work to blanket the City with a Wireless network. This is intended to be a free service from MetroFi and sponsored with banner ads.
07/03/2006 Richardson Square Mall Area - Burlington Coat Factory will be going into the Mervyn’s building. The location of the now-closed Whataburger, should not be vacant for long. Three restaurant pad sites will be constructed on the mall property facing Plano Road and Beltline Road. And speaking of the mall property, the new plans are moving forward and should be announced in the very near future.
07/03/2006 Huffhines Recreation Center - The new Huffhines Recreation Center will be built on the old Huffhines property facing Plano Road. This property is between the University Village Apartments and the ponds of Huffhines Park. This was part of the 2006 Bond election.
07/03/2006 City Comprehensive Plan - The City is updating the comprehensive plan. The last update was undertaken in 2000. This is a long range plan (20-30 years) and sets the direction of the desired future of the City. The plan becomes the policy guide for development review, zoning, and land use decisions. It also contains plans for public facilities and transportation system planning. Beginning this fall, the City will hold open houses to collect public input for the vision of Richardson's future.
07/03/2006 Animal Shelter - The Richardson Animal Shelter has a new WEB site for lost and found pets. You can post pictures of your lost pet and contact information. Animal for adoption are also posted there. You can create a "wish list" for you favorite pet. When one becomes available, the Animal Shelter will send you an email.
07/03/2006 Richardson Neighborhood Integrity - Did you know that Richardson has a Neighborhood Integrity Program? It is designed to ensure that we live in a a safe, desirable area, and that our property values are maintained. The City's WEB site is here. Incidences and UENHA area code violations can be found here.
11/28/2005 High Density Housing - The City Council approved a high density housing project at Campbell and Central. The new project brings more than 500,000 square feet of commercial, residential and retail space to the intersection. The developers anticipate construction for the retail and office portions to commence in the first half of 2006; construction on the residential sections will begin in the second half of the year. Retail space is expected to be open for business by the middle of 2007.
11/14/2005 Campbell Rd and 75 Tunnel - With little fanfare, the City Council approved the staff recommendation to deferred the tunnel. Basically this means that the funding will get re-allocated to other projects and this project will be put off for a few years. It is expected to come back for funding proposals to be submitted in 2010.