City leaders enhance business and lifestyle sectors
The City of Richmond, Texas is undergoing a transformation in its business and residential landscape. Recognized as one of Texas’ founding communities, settled before Texas became a state, Richmond is building on its historic past and welcoming future growth. As the national economy continues to rebound, Richmond moves ahead of the curve by analyzing its current economic environment, adding new businesses, and undertaking quality of life enhancements to the benefit of its residents and the local community.
Richmond, the seat of Fort Bend County, has long been seen as a quiet historical community numbering approximately 12,000 residents. The City, however, is strategically placed for business expansion as well as residential and recreational enjoyment.
“We currently have four retail businesses in various stages of moving and opening locations in Richmond,” says City Manager Terri Vela. “While we are rich in history, we are also very welcoming to new businesses.”
In 2011, Richmond partnered with The Retail Coach (TRC), retail recruitment and consulting firm, to analyze its current economic situation and strategize options to bring development to the City. Research results from TRC are being used to recruit new businesses to Richmond.
Current projects include a Lifecheck Pharmacy in the old Bank of America Building, a Sandwich Shop located downtown, O’Reilly’s Hardware on Highway 90A, and a new Fajita Pete’s restaurant.
Richmond also is undertaking a variety of quality of life initiatives, including enhancing its current hike, bike and trail system. A canoe launch is underway on the Brazos River in partnership with local organization Fort Bend Green (FBG). Plans for a park with a relaxing lake and trail system are well underway, with a 2013 opening date targeted.
“In Fort Bend County, we celebrate a tremendous quality of life,” says Jeff Wiley, President of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council. “The improvements Richmond is initiating are some of many of the things our cities do to ensure healthy lifestyles for our residents.”
A farmers market will soon come to historic Downtown Richmond in conjunction with the City’s partnership with the Downtown Merchants Association. Beginning this summer, residents will be able to purchase a variety of fruits and vegetables.
The City also prioritizes mobility. Williams Way Boulevard is a key connector between U.S. Highway 59 and the new Justice Center south of the historic downtown area, and was recently widened to four lanes. The addition of new sidewalks and streetlights provide both pedestrians and drivers a more efficient and safer route into the City and to County facilities located on the Boulevard.