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Construction at 40th and Yankee Hill includes mortuary, doctor's clinic and more housing

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In addition to two new auto dealerships, construction near 40th Street and Yankee Hill Road includes a mortuary chapel, children’s clinic and more residential development.

Lincoln Federal Savings Bank, which owns much of the land in the area, is working with the city to expand commercial development along Yankee Hill Road east of 40th Street, said bank President Leo Schumacher.

Lincoln Federal originally anticipated development would be along 40th Street, but instead has chosen to concentrate on Yankee Hill Road, he said. 

He expects it will be two to three years before Lincoln will see extensive development on the east side of 40th Street, where it owns 160 acres.

Roper and Sons is building a new mortuary on the west side of 40th Street, south of Super Target. It includes a chapel and will offer all the services the funeral home offers at 4300 O St.

Vice President Dean Schneider said Roper and Sons chose the location because it's far enough away from the funeral home's original location and is in a growing, developing part of town. 

Across 40th Street, Complete Children’s Health is building a clinic to replace one of its four locations, 3901 Pine Lake Road, according to Scott Jansen, practice administrator. Children's Health. He said they expect to open this fall.

"We've continued to see growth in our south clinic location," he said, but were unable to expand without the new construction.

Lincoln Federal plans to offer 52 lots for townhomes this fall south of where the Lexus of Lincoln auto lot is being built, Schumacher said. The city has also approved 166 upscale apartment units with some underground parking east of the Marshall’s and HomeGoods department stores in Wilderness Hills Shopping Center and west of Aventine at Wilderness Hills apartments at 8801 S. 33rd St.

Schumacher is excited about development in the area south of Yankee Hill Road stretching from 27th to 40th. He said the bank offered 51 lots in November for its seventh addition to the Wilderness Hills housing development, with homes in the upper $300,000 to low $400,000 range. It sold 47 lots in 30 days for the addition half a mile south of Yankee Hill Road and east of 27th.

“That doesn’t happen a lot. There is quite a bit of demand for residential housing.”

And the bank is already working on plans for its eighth addition.

“South Lincoln is where a lot of the growth in the city has been. It’s an area that people want to live because you’ve got shopping at our Wilderness Hills and you’re not too far away from shopping at 27th and Pine Lake.”

He believes the South Beltway will increase interest. “I think we’ll see things continuing to move south for awhile,” he said.

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