A $92 million plan to replace the two-story Journal Star building with a nine-story, mixed-use building will greatly change the look of the block bounded by Ninth, 10th, P and Q streets.
It also will bring some big changes to the sidewalks and streets surrounding the project.
Representatives from Newman Development, the New York company developing City Centre, and Lincoln-based Olsson Associates showed off some of the proposed streetscape changes Tuesday to the city's Urban Design Committee.
Some of the biggest changes will occur on Q Street, which now is mostly a back entrance to the Journal Star and the city parking garage.
The main entrance to the more than 230 apartments that will occupy floors four through nine of the City Centre building will be on Q Street, just to the east of the corner of Ninth and Q. Developers plan to close off a private entrance to the lower level of the parking garage used by Journal Star employees.
Along Ninth Street, the sidewalk will be widened to nearly 20 feet with the removal of a loading dock that's part of the Journal Star building. The developers also plan to place some benches along the sidewalk on Ninth Street.
On the corner of Ninth and P, there will be natural stone benches, as well as a deck and seating area.
On P Street, about mid-block between Ninth and 10th streets, will be the main entrance to offices that are planned on the second and third floors. A bit farther to the east will be a drive-through entrance for a bank tenant, as well as the entrance to the building's underground parking.
At the corner of 10th and P, a seating area, stone benches and a rain garden are planned around the existing bank on that corner.
The Urban Design Committee offered a few recommendations for possible revisions to certain parts of the streetscape plan but gave general approval to the overall project.
Included in the building's $92 million price tag is about $13.5 million in tax-increment financing, a portion of which likely would be used to pay for the streetscape improvements.
Newman Development hopes to start construction late this year or early next year and have the building open by early in 2020.
The Journal Star is still evaluating potential locations for its newsroom and business offices.