The City of Lincoln is interested in acquiring property in the Stevens Creek watershed for a regional park that could potentially be co-located with other facilities in the future. Acquisition of land for a future regional park is included as a strategy in the City-County Comprehensive Plan. In the past, park sites have been coordinated with schools, libraries and recreation facilities.
The potential Stevens Creek land purchase is "replacement property" that will enable future redevelopment of public property at 21st and "N" street. The property proposed to be redeveloped was part of an area where Federal Land and Water Conservation Funds were used to develop outdoor public recreation facilities. This Federal grant program requires that any land sold at a location where grant funds were used must be replaced on a value-for-value basis. The Parks and Recreation forestry and maintenance shops at that site will be relocated.
Desired qualities of the land to be acquired include the following:
The City-County Planning Department will send letters to property owners in a portion of the Stevens Creek watershed to inquire about potential joint use sites. Those interested in having their land considered for purchase are asked to submit a letter of interest that describes how the land meets the desired qualities and specifications. The letter should include the Parcel Identification Number(s) used by the Lancaster County Assessor's office. Letters of interest must be postmarked on or before March 31, 2012 and should be sent to Nicole Fleck-Tooze, Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department, 555 S. 10th St., Suite 212, Lincoln, NE; 68508.
Letters of interest will be reviewed by a committee that will include representatives of the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, the City Parks and Recreation Department, the City-County Planning Department, and the City Urban Development Department. The purchase price will be established by fair market value of the land as determined by a mutually accepted independent appraiser.
The purchase must be approved by the Lincoln City Council, and also the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the National Park Service because of conditions associated with Federal grant funds that were used in development of a portion of the site that is being replaced. The purchase of the land is expected to be finalized by the end of 2012.