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State of City address focuses on Lincoln landscape

Four iconic properties changing hands
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BY STEVE ARCHER

OF THE LINCOLN NEWS MESSENGER

Although Lincoln Mayor Stan Nader recognized innovative local businesses and improvements to downtown, such as McBean Park college baseball, Shawn Tillman’s comments stole the show at the June 27’s State of the City address.

Tillman, the city’s economic development director, hinted at significant changes in the downtown Lincoln real estate scene. Without mentioning the properties or principles by name, Tillman showed four recognizable storefronts during a slide show: Beermann’s, the Lincoln Brand Feed Building, the Lincoln Inn and the building immediately east and adjacent to Beermann’s.

Escrow on the Beermann’s building closed June 22 and the new owner is Leon Corcos of Fair Oaks.

“There are significant real estate changes in the works,” Tillman said. “There is a special quality of life in Lincoln that makes my job easier.”

Tillman outlined some of the major housing developments on the horizon:

  • Twelve Bridges can expect an assisted-living facility, a possible hotel, completion of shell buildings for retail businesses, one-million square feet of commercial space and more than 500 approved tentative map lots
  • Village I, which has seven approved subdivision maps with 1,400 lots and 5,641 homes upon build out
  • Special Use District-B, at Highway 65 and Nelson Lane, can expect 425 homes and one-million square-feet of commercial space
  • Village 5 sits on 4,700 acres and, according to Tillman, is the largest future growth area in the region with an expected 8,200 homes on build out and one-million square feet of commercial in Phase I. Village 5 is expected to generate $4.5 million in property taxes and $2 million annually in sales tax upon build-out, according to Tillman.

Tillman also lauded the work done renovating the McBean Park stadium.

“The level of collegiate baseball being played in Lincoln is amazing,” Tillman said. “William Jessup University went from a 10-win season to a 38-win season and conference championship. They are now ranked in the Top 10 nationally for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.”

The Lincoln Potters baseball team has already had three sellout games this season with 1,300 fans and is tied for first-place with the Chico Heat.

“It’s not an accident,” Tillman said. “The city of Lincoln, William Jessup University and Placer Valley Tourism invested $2.1 million to create a first-class baseball park. Now the focus is on enhancing the fan experience. It is an endearing asset that will serve generations to come.”

Nader recognized three local businesses as visionaries: Verifone, a maker of point-of-sale payment terminals; GC Products, a manufacturer of custom construction products; and Lincoln Skyway, a full-service aviation company with services that include aircraft maintenance, sales and pilot-training.

Lincoln City Councilman Peter Gilbert said that the Lincoln Senior Center will open in August at the site of a former teen center, located at 391 H St.

“Seniors First will be providing free meals for seniors Monday through Friday,” Gilbert said. “This is a prime example of what makes our town so special.”