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Canopy Street grocery, apartments, one of five TIF projects on council agenda

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The downtown grocery store planned for a new building on the north edge of the Haymarket will be a scaled-down model of a full-service grocery store, City Council members were told Monday.

It will include a fresh deli and meat and might sell some of the items found at the nearby Farmers Market in the warm weather, all year long, said Jill Moline, one of the grocery store partners, during a public hearing on the redevelopment project that will house the store.

Jill and Brad Moline, who own and run small grocery stores in western Nebraska and Colorado, and Mark Whitehead, president of Whitehead Oil, are partners on the grocery store, which will be on the first floor of three buildings that will wrap around the Lumberworks Parking Garage.

It’s apparently TIF-ing season at the City Council this month.

The Lumberworks liner redevelopment agreement was one of five tax increment finance-related redevelopment projects on the council’s Monday agenda.

Aside from the liner project, the TIF proposals included the 15-story building planned for Ninth and O streets, a 153-apartment complex at Cotner and P streets, an office building on Innovation Campus, and redevelopment of the Lincoln Commercial Club project at 11th and P.

The partners in Canopy Street Market want to offer everything a local grocery store can, but it will take a while to figure out the mix, Jill Moline said.

She said the owners would love to have a beverage area where someone who works downtown could grab a banana, yogurt and a drink, she said.

Moline brings the grocery store operating experience and Whitehead brings his knowledge of the Lincoln market, Moline told the council. Both had been considering opening a grocery store in the downtown area.

The three new buildings that will surround the city parking garage, will also office space and 53 apartments, aimed at young professionals and retirees.

Private developers expect to invest around $12.855 million in the redevelopment project and about $2.14 million is expected to come from tax increment financing.

TIF will be used primarily for acquiring the property, reimbursing the city for public improvements, façade and energy enhancements, according to the redevelopment agreement the council is expected to approve next Monday.

The redevelopment agreement includes the ability to lease up to 115 parking stalls for residents and others using the buildings in the Lumberworks garage or nearby garages

Under tax increment financing, developers use money from a TIF bond for parts of a project that are considered public improvements. The TIF bond is based on the growth in value on a redeveloped property. Taxes paid on that growth portion are used to pay off a bond over 15 years.

The Lumberworks liner project project is valued at $302,295. Its taxable value is expected to grow to at least $10.586 million when the buildings are finished.

Other TIF projects on the council agenda:

* The council approved the redevelopment agreement and TIF bond for the 15-story hotel-condominium complex at Ninth and O.

* The council agreed that a proposed four-story apartment building, expected to include 153 apartments, at the corner of Cotner and P, complies with the city’s comprehensive plan. This is one step in the process that concludes with a redevelopment agreement and TIF funding help with a project.

The project is expected to appeal to millenials and empty-nesters, said David Landis, director of the city’s Urban Development Department.

The developers expected initially to build the apartments without any city help, but ran into special soil compaction issues that required significant remediation, Landis said.

* The council approved a redevelopment agreement and authorized about $3.1 million in TIF funds for a three-story office building at Nebraska Innovation Campus on the old state fairgrounds. This is the second phase of that development.

TIF will likely be used for façade and energy enhancement, including a system that uses water from the city’s Theresa Street sewage treatment plant to help heat and cool buildings on the campus.

The developers expect to spend about $15.3 million on the building, with TIF providing another $3.1 million.

* The Lincoln Commercial Club redevelopment agreement and authorization of about $1.58 million in TIF funding for the project at 11th and P are on the council's agenda, with a public hearing scheduled for next Monday.

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Nancy Hicks reports on Lincoln city government, but she’s been following the leaders of local and state government for more than 40 years.

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