New Access, Projects Underway in Irving near Orange Line Stations

Hidden Ridge Station in Las Colinas Hidden Ridge Station in Las Colinas
Posted on May 12, 2021 by DART Daily

The recent opening of Hidden Ridge Station will provide another transportation option to residents, workers and visitors in and around the growing Hidden Ridge development, a property owned by Verizon Communications Inc. The station is adjacent to the Pioneer Natural Resources’ new headquarters. Nearby, The Villas at Beaver Creek Apartments list easy transit access as one of the community amenities.

Guests and employees at the Extended Stay America and Hyatt Place Dallas also gained an access upgrade with the station opening. They only have to walk across the street to travel around Irving and beyond.

DART Route 501 provides riders with a crosstown connection to the Trinity Railway Express with service between Hidden Ridge Station and Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station. Plus, Hidden Ridge is only a 15-minute ride away from DFW Airport via the Orange Line.

Meanwhile, Verizon has started planning the next section of the more than $1 billion Hidden Ridge project. The vision for this transit-oriented development includes more office space for corporate tenants, a full-service hotel, residential units, restaurant and retail space and a park – all to create a true live-work-play community.

Hidden Ridge isn’t the only station attracting new energy in Irving.

The city of Irving has authorized work to begin on the $7.8 million revitalization of Williams Square Plaza, home to the iconic Mustangs of Las Colinas. By removing a portion of the existing granite pavement, contractors will add greenspace and much-needed shade to the large plaza.

Per the city’s website:

Renovations to Williams Square Plaza include repairs to the iconic mustang statues, improved lighting features and fountain upgrades. The plaza redesign will include greenspaces with trees and landscape improvements, movable tables and chairs and a multipurpose patio.

The enhanced design will offer a vibrant, pedestrian-friendly open-air space with opportunities for events and public gatherings. The nine mustang statues galloping across the existing granite stream will remain the focal point of the bustling Las Colinas urban center.

Among the tenants who will enjoy the new view, Caterpillar, which manufactures heavy construction equipment, plans to move its Electric Power Division to Williams Square.

story in the Dallas Business Journal notes:

The division will be consolidating from multiple offices in multiple states. Caterpillar will occupy multiple floors within Williams Square's West Tower, which Pioneer Natural Resources formerly occupied.

While the city owns the Williams Square Plaza, the surrounding Towers at Williams Square office campus is privately owned. Williams Square is a half-mile walk from Las Colinas Urban Center Station and DART Route 507 also serves the property.

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