Plano - Transit Village
Eastside Village is a transit-oriented development next to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Light Rail Station in the center of historic Downtown Plano. The development opened in 2001 with approximately 240 apartments and 15,000 sq. ft. of retail space. The development was built around a parking garage that serves commuters and residents. The DART Downtown Plano Station opened in 2002 with service from the Red Line. A couple of blocks to the east, the Eastside Village II development opened in 2002 with 25,000 sq. ft. of retail space below 230 apartments. The first phase of 15th Street Village was completed in 2007 with approximately 40 apartments and condominiums. Together, these three projects added over 500 housing units and 40,000 sq. ft. of retail space to the existing base of retail shops, restaurants, and small offices along 15th Street in Downtown Plano.
Under the 2001 Land Use Transportation Joint Venture Call for Projects, NCTCOG funded $1,992,830 with a local match from the City of Plano for various pedestrian improvements around downtown to serve the mixed use development in the historic core. The pedestrian improvements included an off-street bike and pedestrian trail from the DART Parker Station to the Bush Turnpike Station, passing by Downtown Plano. Other improvements rebuilt 15th Street from G Avenue to I Avenue in addition to various pedestrian improvements downtown.
The City of Plano has funded various downtown improvements in recent years. The City completed a new City Hall. Haggard Park was renovated and expanded across from DART's light rail station. The City of Plano also established a Downtown Tax Increment Financing District to encourage continuing development around the DART light rail station.