About South of Downtown Lincoln
The area South of Downtown Lincoln is a very important and unique part of our city. It is our Civic Center, housing government (city, county and state), business (small and large), and residential (homeowners and renters). Residents in the area include several ethnic populations and a wide range of income levels. Any future development must take all of these stakeholders into consideration.
This initiative is coordinated by the city of Lincoln, Lincoln Community Foundation, Nebraska Investment Finance Authority and private investors. This group organized a 34-member community advisory committee representing the cross-sector of the community: Anchor Institutions, Education Sector, Public Sector, Neighborhood Associations, Business Sector, Nonprofit Sector, Faith Sector, etc. The sector representatives were assembled to engage their networks and constituents so that the planning process would capture the views and ideas of as many stakeholders in the area as possible.
The first step in the planning process was a comprehensive information gathering effort led by grassroots organizations and development consultants. It included personal interviews, meeting with business, government and public safety representatives, 13 focus groups and several open houses/public meetings that drew hundreds of people who live and work in the South Downtown area. There were numerous opportunities for everyone to provide input and many did.
As a result, H3 Studio, the planning and design consultants for the project developed a master plan proposal. The hope is that this plan helps support long-term social, economic and environmental sustainability.
As with most master plans, any recommendations that include significant change will go through the government process including the planning commission and city council. This will provide additional opportunities for the public to review proposals and provide input.
Our ultimate goal is to help the public, private sector and city government work together to ensure that Lincoln's South Downtown is a strong, vibrant city center, providing new opportunities for people who live and work in the area.