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Friday is the last day that the Verizon Wireless call center at 4600 Innovation Drive will be open.

Verizon Wireless will close its Lincoln call center for good on Friday, and local officials hope the building doesn't stay vacant for long.

Pat Haverty, vice president of the Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development, said there has been a fair amount of interest from other potential call center tenants.

"We've had several companies look at the building, with the opportunity to put a call center in there," Haverty said.

The more than 113,000-square-foot building at 4600 Innovation Drive near Interstate 80 in northwest Lincoln is less than 10 years old, having opened in October 2007.

Verizon Wireless announced in October that it planned to close the Lincoln call center along with four others in the U.S. The 320 employees remaining at the Lincoln location were offered up to $10,000 in relocation assistance to transfer to another location or an undisclosed severance package if they do not.

Kim Ancin, a Verizon Wireless spokeswoman, said she could not disclose how many Lincoln workers transferred and how many left the company. She also declined to say how many employees are still working at the site.

Haverty said he helped connect several local companies that were looking to hire with Verizon Wireless officials, and he said he knew of at least some workers who got other jobs locally.

Verizon never did meet its stated goal of employing 800 people at the center, which handled both customer service and tech support. The most employees it had ever publicly reported working there was around 600.

Employees who spoke to the Journal Star when the closing was announced in October said company officials cited the inability to fill jobs at the Lincoln center with qualified applicants as a reason for shutting it down.

Ancin said Verizon's lease does not end when the operation closes on Friday, and it will take some time to "decommission" the site. She did not offer any specifics, nor did she say how long is left on the lease, which she said the company will honor.

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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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