Mayor Chris Beutler today said the new South Haymarket Neighborhood Plan is vital to creating economic development opportunities, new jobs and new housing in downtown Lincoln. The plan includes the area bounded by 4th, 10th, "O" and "G" streets.
"The rapid pace of building and development in the West Haymarket has been phenomenal for Lincoln," said Beutler. "That momentum has already moved south of "O" Street with several projects, including the Trinitas building under construction at 8th and "N" streets. The interest in the market is strong, and new housing, new offices and new jobs are the best possible future for this area."
David Cary, Interim Director of the City-County Planning Department, said the agency has been working since 2013 to develop the plan in coordination with property and business owners, public agencies and other stakeholders.
"The energy and growth in the area presents many opportunities, and this is the kind of downtown development specifically called for in the recent Angelou report," Cary said. "It's also important to note that development of the South Haymarket makes sense for taxpayers because street and water infrastructure are already in place."
The South Haymarket Neighborhood Plan will be presented as an amendment to the Lincoln Downtown Master Plan for public hearing and approval at the November 18 meeting of the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission. Upon action by the Planning Commission, the Plan will go to the City Council for a public hearing and action in December.
Mayor Beutler emphasized the importance of supporting this next phase of Haymarket and downtown development. "The South Haymarket sub-area plan makes the best use of both public and private investments," he said. "It is a road map to guide the way we will work together to continue exciting new growth in our community."
The South Haymarket Neighborhood Plan is available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: South Haymarket).