Meginnis

A local developer is proposing apartments and/or commercial space on the former site of Meginnis Ford at 6400 Q St.

Plans are in the works to redevelop a vacant site on the northeast side of Gateway Mall.

Commercial Investment Properties, a local real estate firm, has submitted plans to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department to redevelop the former Meginnis Ford dealership at 6400 Q St.

The nearly six-acre site has been vacant since Anderson Ford, which bought Meginnis Ford in 2008, opened a new dealership near 33rd Street and Yankee Hill Road in 2011. The former dealership building, which had been there since the early 1970s, was demolished a couple of years ago by Jim Campbell, who owned the dealership from 1984 until it closed and who still owns the site.

Officials from Commercial Investment Properties could not be reached for comment, but a Planning Department report about the project shows that the company is looking to possibly do a mixed-use project on the site.

CIP has applied for an amendment to the Gateway Mall use permit that would allow a 300-unit apartment building, 70,000 square feet of commercial space or some combination of apartments and commercial space.

The application also seeks a waiver that would allow a building up to 55 feet tall.

The Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Commission is scheduled to consider the use permit amendment at its meeting on Wednesday.

Though the Meginnis Ford site is not owned by the mall, its proposed redevelopment follows a trend over the past few years of malls seeking out nonretail uses such as fitness centers and apartments to diversify as brick-and-mortar retail chains struggle.

The former Circuit City building on the north side of the mall, which Gateway does own, was redeveloped into a fitness center in 2011.

Gateway General Manager Chad Becwar said the mall is always in support of growth in the community. Though he said he doesn't know much about the proposed redevelopment, the mall would welcome it.

"We see this as a nice addition to central Lincoln," Becwar said.

Reach the writer at 402-473-2647 or molberding@journalstar.com.

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Business editor/reporter

Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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