Meanwhile, what's happening along Spring Valley Road? You hope I'll say something like what's in that picture, right? But you expect me to say nothin', right? Well, you're wrong... in both cases. After the jump, south Richardson's own development news.
Source: Jimmy John's.
A fast food restaurant with a drive-through is what the City Plan Commission (CPC) just approved for the northeast corner of Spring Valley Road and Central Expressway. Expect the City Council to go along.
There's a parking lot and an ATM on the site now. Here's why city staff thinks a Jimmy John's is an appropriate upgrade for that corner:
That's right. When you think "new southern entry" to the city, when you think "catalyst site," when you think "mixed-use building," don't you automatically think Jimmy John's? People at city hall must. At least, there's no record that the CPC laughed at this statement by the developer: "In order to further our efforts in creating a more urban infill development, we will include bike parking as an option." Below is an aerial view of that corner. You tell me how many people are going to be riding their bikes to a Jimmy John's at that location? Convince me that bike racks are a serious attempt to make this neighborhood one of complete streets?The Vision Study envisions that this area will establish a new southern entry to the City of Richardson and was identified as a catalyst site due to being located at a key corner, with possibilities of a mixed-used building with retail and residential uses along with additional commercial buildings and urban retail. Staff discussed the vision of the area with the property owner, but the owner feels the design of the drive-thru restaurant would not necessarily hinder the future development of the site envisioned in the Phase 1 Vision Study.
And that's who's not listening to me now.