Editor’s note: This item originally appeared in the November 2015 issue of Inmotion.
Once empty fields surrounding Bush Turnpike Station, located on the border of Richardson and Plano, are being filled with an expansive mix of residential and commercial development.
Michael Spicer, development services director for Richardson, said light rail has set the tone for new development around each of the four stations located in the city. These stations have created opportunities that bring jobs, attract investment and foster urban neighborhoods that provide an alternative to conventional suburban living.
“These transit-oriented neighborhoods offer a lifestyle that reduces a household’s reliance on the automobile while facilitating regional accessibility and expanding the range of housing options available in the city,” Spicer said. “As these areas mature, I believe they will both strengthen the city’s economic resiliency and contribute to an exceptional quality of life for all of our citizens for generations to come.”
Just on the other side of President George Bush Turnpike, a 386-unit apartment complex is under construction in Plano. Trinsic Residential Group expects the project, also within walking distance of the station, to be complete by the fourth quarter of 2016. However, residents are expected to begin moving in early next year.
Longtime Plano resident Shannah Hayley, director of marketing and community engagement with the city, is a huge proponent of public transportation.
“When Bush Turnpike Station was first built, it really served as more of a commuter station, but I guess the old cliché of ‘if you build it they will come’ rings true in this case,” Hayley said. “Once nothing but vacant land, this area now has a vibrant urban feel, and DART is a big part of making that happen. Energy begets energy.”