Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged Lincoln residents to learn more about the proposed Lincoln Haymarket Arena project at one of two open houses next week:
We have done the due diligence necessary to make the proposed Lincoln Haymarket Arena development an enormous financial success that will create good paying jobs and take us a giant step closer toward being a leading 21st-century city," Mayor Beutler said. "The next move is up to the residents of Lincoln when they vote in May. We are confident we have a great plan, and we want the public to come and review our work and ask us the tough questions.
In addition to the arena, the development would include new festival space, an ice center, hotels, shops and housing. Beutler said a public-private partnership will result in four of every five dollars spent coming from private investment in new businesses and new jobs as well as tourism dollars. Economic analysis projects that 7,800 jobs will be created during construction of the project (employment for 2,600 workers in Lincoln per year over the three-year construction period). Long term, the project is expected to generate 1,200 permanent jobs and about $260 million annually in local economic activity - the equivalent of 65 additional Husker home football games per year.
Beutler said his administration has developed a "solid and conservative" fiscal plan. He said those attending the open houses will be able to talk with project team members about funding, transportation, parking, sustainability and environmental opportunities.
"I am confident that once residents hear the experts and see the plans, they will share my strong belief that the Lincoln Haymarket Arena is the right step in the direction of an even brighter future for Lincoln," Beutler said.
More information on the proposed project is available at www.westhaymarketarena.org.