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Lincoln Insider: 'Extraordinary weather delays' drive back SouthPointe parking garage opening date
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Lincoln Insider: 'Extraordinary weather delays' drive back SouthPointe parking garage opening date

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Has there been an update on the SouthPointe parking garage? The media reports I can find all say "fall 2019," as does Sampson Construction's website, but it's nowhere near finished.

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There was some speculation on Twitter recently as to whether the parking garage being built at SouthPointe Pavilions is going to open in time for holiday shopping, as had been the plan when construction started in January.

The answer: sort of.

"Portions of the garage will be completed by the holiday season in November of this year," Julie Lattimer, SouthPointe's marketing director, said in an email.

She did not specify what portions of the garage will be ready for parking in November.

Lattimer said "extraordinary weather delays" in winter and early spring had set the construction schedule back.

Lincoln saw its second-snowiest winter on record with 55.5 inches, including one of the coldest and snowiest Februaries on record. Lincoln also got 3 inches more rain than normal in May.

The entire garage is on track to open sometime in the first quarter of next year, Lattimer said.

The $19 million parking garage is part of a $103 million expansion of the outdoor mall at 27th Street and Pine Lake Road.

Scheels opened a new 220,000-square-foot store in September 2018, and the parking garage is being built on the site where the old Scheels store was torn down.

The garage will have more than 1,000 stalls on three levels, as well as about 20,000 square feet of retail space on the south end.

Shoppers at the mall started paying a 1% occupation tax in January 2018 to pay for construction of the garage.

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

On Twitter @LincolnBizBuzz.

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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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