The city of Lincoln, Nebraska in recent years has had the unique opportunity to redevelop key urban areas. These areas, otherwise unusable land spaces, have given city architects, engineers, and urban planners the opportunity to redevelop the city through several revitalization efforts, one including the Antelope Creek Valley Project.
An otherwise floodplain, the Antelope Creek Valley Project has given rise to a new system of channels. These channels protect over 800 homes and 200 businesses from the 100-year flood event. The development of such a channel system has allowed for the use and revitalization of spaces within surrounding areas, which has truly rebuilt a vital piece of the city of Lincoln. As the infrastructure has been completed, the redevelopment of the land is still in progress. Part of developing this land has included bike paths, green space, as well as office space; however, developers are ready to move onto a new phase of the project.
The next phase of the project is called the “Exchange at Antelope Valley.” Named in honor of the area’s history as the former site of Lincoln Telephone and Telegraph, or its earliest name Exchange, the project is set to breathe new life into this rediscovered land. The proposed project includes building a 32,000-square foot grocery store, which had been desperately needed in the downtown area, in addition to several housing options.
These housing options include:
- Sixty three-story row houses;
- Thirty-two low-income loft apartments;
- Twenty-four apartments above a multi-use first floor for retail and possibly a restaurant;
- Treatment facility for low-income mental health and addiction living.
The development of this land utilizes it to its full potential, creating an asset for Lincoln’s downtown area. This project is a testament as to how precious urban land truly is and when the opportunity presents itself, development can be very lucrative for a city. The revitalization of urban land areas is vital in growth, while avoiding urban sprawl, and I believe that the future of urban planning is revitalizing land within our cities limits as opposed to expansion. Lincoln is developing with this mentality in mind and has truly exhibited growth in revitalization as opposed to starting from square one.
How have you seen revitalization and redevelopment initiatives come to life in urban areas in your city?
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