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2007 Media Releases


Date:
September 10, 2007
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
David Landis, Urban Development, 441-7606


MAYOR ENCOURAGES PUBLIC TO ATTEND MEETING ON RESEARCH CORRIDOR

Mayor Chris Beutler today invited the public to an informational meeting Thursday, Sept. 20 on a master plan for the Antelope Valley Research and Development Corridor. The consulting firm Crandall Arambula will present the draft master plan and design guidelines at 5:30 p.m. in the Lancaster Room at the Cornhusker Hotel, 333 S. 13th St.

"A key component of the Antelope Valley Project is opening land now in the floodplain for expanded public and private research facilities," said Mayor Beutler. "Research is a huge economic engine for our City and State. In each of the past two years, UNL has brought in more than $100 million in research grants, which is equivalent to 3,000 jobs."

The public meeting is sponsored by the Joint Antelope Valley Authority (JAVA), the City Urban Development Department and the Greater Lincoln Chamber of Commerce Foundation. Light refreshments will be served. For more information about the meeting, call Wynn Hjermstad at the Urban Development Department at 441-7606.

Antelope Valley is a flood control, traffic improvement and community revitalization project in the core of the City. JAVA is a partnership among the City, UNL and the Lower Platte South Natural Resources District. The project will eliminate the flooding threat to homes and businesses east of downtown and to 50 acres of land on the UNL campus.

The Antelope Valley Redevelopment Plan adopted by the City Council in November 2004 recommended that new private research and development facilities be located near UNL. Urban Development Director Dave Landis said the concept gained momentum when the 2015 Vision group selected the research and development corridor as one of its 10 "pillars." JAVA, Urban Development and the Chamber Foundation came together to sponsor the development of the corridor master plan and design guidelines. Landis said the master plan will focus on private research but will be coordinated with the University’s current and planned research facilities to create a “seamless” public-private corridor.

More information on the Antelope Valley Project is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: antelope).


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