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Date:
December 21, 2006
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Marc Wullschleger, Urban Development, 441-7126


CITY ISSUES NEW INVITATION FOR PROPOSALS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF VERIZON BUILDING

Mayor Coleen J. Seng announced today that the City of Lincoln has issued a new invitation for proposals for the recently announced Verizon Wireless project at 4600 Innovation Drive. The Mayor cancelled the original request for proposals to avoid prolonged delays that could have resulted from a protest that was filed and winter weather conditions.

Verizon Wireless announced December 4th that it would locate a Customer Service Center in Lincoln at the University of Nebraska Technology Park, creating 800 new jobs. The company’s announcement provides developers interested in building the Customer Service Center with more information than was available when the original request for proposals was issued in November.

The new invitation for proposals includes specific information on how to contact representatives for Verizon Wireless and the University of Nebraska Technology Park. The proposal directs interested developers to contact the Verizon Wireless project consultant, a real estate company in Boston, Massachusetts, for more information. The invitation also directs interested developers to contact the University of Nebraska Technology Park, which will lease the land for the Verizon building. Because the Technology Park is located within a tax-increment financing (TIF) district, that financing tool is available to prospective developers. All TIF projects require approval by the City Council.

The invitation for proposals was issued by the City Urban Development Department, which serves as the Community Redevelopment Authority for the City of Lincoln. The deadline for submitting a proposal is January 19, 2007.


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