With Downtown Garland recognized as an important catalyst area for the city, Garland City Council approved a Downtown Redevelopment Strategy in 2005 to help strengthen the area through redevelopment and revitalization efforts. The following projects that support the strategy have been completed.
Oaks Fifth Street Crossing
Oaks Fifth Street Crossing is a mixed-use development that opened in 2009 and features 188 residential units and 24,000 square feet of flex/retail space. It was the first major step toward significant redevelopment efforts in Downtown Garland. The project provides residents with a variety of amenities and convenient access to Downtown, the Granville Performing Arts Center, and the Downtown Garland DART Rail Station. The project was honored with a 2009 CLIDE Award from the North Central Texas Council of Governments, which recognizes private and public development programs and projects that exemplify the region’s Principles of Development Excellence.
Richland College Garland Campus
Dallas County Community College District’s (DCCCD) Richland College Garland Campus opened in Downtown Garland in 2009. The campus provides workforce development and training opportunities to support area residents and employers. Career-related education and training programs are available to those entering the workforce, as well as those who are currently employed, as part of DCCCD’s efforts to address career development and advancement. The Garland Chamber of Commerce is housed in the same facility in a unique partnership with the college to encourage continuing education among the city’s workforce.
Charles E. Duckworth Utility Building and Garland Utility Payment Center
The City’s first and only LEED certified buildings opened in Downtown Garland in 2010. The Charles E. Duckworth Utility Services Building, which formerly housed the Police Department and Courts, was stripped down to its concrete and steel structure and rebuilt as a modern-day facility that houses Garland Power & Light administrative offices, the Tax and Revenue Recovery Department, and the Utility Customer Service Department. A new Garland Utility Drive-Through Payment Center was constructed at the corner of Glenbrook Drive and West State Street that allows for the payment of Garland utility bills. The Duckworth Building features solar panels to heat water, while both buildings include energy-efficient appliances and fixtures, as well as green housekeeping and landscaping maintenance programs.
DART Downtown Garland Station
In 2002, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) rail service came to Garland with the opening of the Downtown Garland DART Rail Station on the Blue Line. Access to this commuter rail station provided Garland with transit-oriented development opportunities and helped initiate the Downtown redevelopment planning process. DART expanded the Blue Line in 2012 to connect the Downtown Station to Rowlett, providing even more people with access to Downtown Garland.