As the fall turns to winter, the City of Lincoln is hoping many of its downtown revitalization projects can continue progress.
Downtown Lincoln's Pulaski Street block from McLean to Kickapoo Street has been the jumpstart to the city's new streetscape plan. According to Lincoln Mayor Keith Snyder, the sidewalks have been expanded into the street in order to better protect pedestrians.
Another large downtown project is the renovation of Lincoln's movie theater. Mayor Snyder explains a groundbreaking should take place in the near future with a light amount of work done before winter weather hits. The rest of the work will be done once spring comes in 2015 and the Mayor hopes it will be a centerpiece for the community.
The city will be providing some TIF funds for the theater along with several private investors. Owner David Lanterman bought the theater from a national chain that had somewhat neglected the facility. Mayor Snyder says Lincoln is appreciative of the work that's already been done.
The Mayor also hopes the city will soon put out a bid package for the restoration of the historic Lincoln Depot. The rail cars need to be taken off in order to restore the site to its' historic footprint. Major construction work is planned for mid-2015.
Mayor Snyder also notes Downtown Lincoln's streetscape work will continue south toward the theater with plans to continue northward sometime in the future.