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February 1, 2001
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Lynn Johnson, Parks and Recreation Director, 441-8265
Doug Rath, Talent+ President, 489-2000
City Proposes Sale of Park Land To Talent+

Proceeds would be used to buy park land in three areas including Wilderness Park

Lincoln Mayor Don Wesely today said the proposed sale of city-owned land at Holmes Golf Course to Talent+, a human resource consulting firm, is a win-win situation for the city and the company.

Under the proposal, the city would sell 2.31 acres of park land at Holmes for the fair market value of the property, determined by an independent appraiser to be in excess of $650,000. The city would use the proceeds to buy more than 70 acres of new park land. The new park land would include land along the flood plain of Salt Creek, expanding Wilderness Park. A new community park site would be purchased to serve newly developing areas of Lincoln, and a new neighborhood park would be created in the East Campus neighborhood. In addition, Talent+ would replace the outdated maintenance building at Holmes Golf Course at a cost of about $150,000.

"This sale will allow us to create two new parks, add to Wilderness Park and build a badly needed maintenance facility," Mayor Wesely said. "It will also help a successful Lincoln company, which employs about 75 people, to expand its operations here in Lincoln."

In 1998, Talent+ received Planning Commission approval to build a 42,000-square-foot office building and a parking lot on the north side of Pioneers Boulevard between South 56th and South 70th streets. A short time later, Talent+ approached the city about purchasing the publicly owned land immediately west of their site to create a corporate campus with a larger office building and an expanded parking area. Talent+ has delayed construction of its previously approved first phase until details of the sale of the Holmes Golf Course property could be finalized.

The request by Talent+ to purchase property at Holmes Golf Course has followed the process outlined by a 1994 administration regulation. The Planning Commission reviewed the proposal on January 10, 2001 and determined that the land sale is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. The City Council will consider an ordinance to approve the sale in the next few weeks, and a public hearing date will be set.

Process for the sale of publicly owned land

  1. The city receives a request to purchase publicly owned property.

  2. The city department responsible for managing the property reviews the request and makes an initial determination of the impact of the sale of the property on the departmentís operations. In cases where a request is received to purchase park land, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board reviews the request and makes a recommendation during a regular monthly meeting.

  3. If the department and associated advisory group determine that the request for sale of property is worthy of further consideration, the request is forwarded to the city Real Estate Division. The division prepares a memo indicating that a request has been received to purchase public property and circulates it to other city departments for consideration. In some instances, departments request that the subject property be retained for an alternate public use and/or identify easements that need to be reserved.

  4. If the city administration determines that it is appropriate to request that the property be declared as surplus, a report is prepared by City-County Planning Department staff and forwarded to the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission conducts a public hearing and makes a determination if declaring the subject property as surplus is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.

  5. If the Planning Commission determines that declaring the property as surplus is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan, the request is forwarded to the City Council for consideration. The City Council considers an ordinance authorizing sale of the property after a public hearing. The market value of the property as determined by an appraiser is included in the information provided to the City Council in advance of the public hearing.

  6. If the City Council approves the sale of the land, the city Law Department and Real Estate Division finalize the sale with the interested party.

Because Federal Land and Water Conservation Funds were used in developing Holmes Park and Golf Course, the land sale and purchase of replacement property must be approved by the Nebraska Game and Parks Department and the National Park Service. This process would begin after City Council approval. In accepting the federal funds, the city agreed to certain conditions regarding any future sale of any or all of the property. Replacement land of equal or greater appraised value must be purchased with the proceeds from the sale of the property.

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