Twin brothers keen on refurbishing properties received approval Monday to transform a vacant, historic grocery store in the South of Downtown area into apartments.
The Lincoln City Council unanimously designated the Yakel Grocery building at 1845 S. 11th St. a residential landmark and approved a special permit to allow Seth and Luke Flowerday to create apartments inside.
The permit notably waives the parking requirements for the building because the former commercial-use building has ample on-street parking, according to the Lincoln-Lancaster County Planning Department.
From 1912 to 1968, the building housed Yakel Grocery, a neighborhood store associated with the city's first grocery chain, the Basket Stores, according to the Planning Department.
No one opposed the proposal.
Luke and Seth Flowerday told the council last week they have a passion for restoring historical buildings.
Seth Flowerday said their plans for the building, which has been vacant for at least the last six years, have enthused neighbors.
"They were all aware of the problems and were really excited to see something, anything, going in there," Flowerday said.
The Flowerdays intend to market the apartments at about $1,200 per month for two-bedroom units and about $600 per month for one-bedroom units, they said.
LINCOLN BUILDINGS THAT HAVE MADE HISTORY
Lincoln buildings that have made history
Woods Brothers Building
College View Public Library
Federal Trust Building
First National Bank Building
First State Bank of Bethany
Gold and Co. store building
Hotel Capital-YMCA building
Lincoln Army Air Field Regimental Chapel
Lincoln Liberty building
Municipal Lighting and Waterworks Plant
Nebraska State Historical Society building
Nebraska Telephone Co. building
Nebraska Wesleyan Old Main
Palisade and Regent apartments
Rose Kirkwood Brothel
President and Ambassador apartments
Old University Library
Rock Island Depot
St. Charles Apartments
Scottish Rite Temple
Sheldon Museum of Art
Temple of Congregation B'Nai Jeshuran
Tifereth Israel Synagogue
U.S. Post Office
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