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Groundbreaking for lot behind Wal-Mart scheduled for July

By: Carol Percy, Reporter Lincoln News Messenger
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A developer has applied to the city of Lincoln to build an assisted living and memory care facility behind Wal-Mart, according to George Dellwo, the city’s assistant director of development services.

Temporarily named Summerset Assisted Living and Memory Care, the center will offer 190 units, comprising studios, and one- and two-bedrooms. It will feature common-space areas and amenities, including dining rooms, libraries, Internet lounges, theater, gaming and recreational areas.

The $30-35 million, 140,000-square-foot facility, developed by Neil Huttenhain of Woodcrest Development, is expected to generate up to 120 full-time jobs. The 24-hour center will be open seven days a week. In addition to assisted living and memory care, the facility will provide variable-stay respite care.

The project’s groundbreaking is scheduled for this July, according to Huttenhain.

The 2.76-acre site for the center, located at Third and E streets, is zoned commercial and was listed for $795,000, according to local Realtors. The lot backs up to Wal-Mart on Lincoln Boulevard. Surrounded by both commercial and residential properties, the lot was formerly the site of the Mary Beermann Elementary School. Built in 1921, the school was demolished in the mid-’70s when Rainbow Market was built, according to Dellwo.

The Third Street lot is referred to as an “urban infill” project. Infill is the use of land within a built-up area for further construction. It focuses on the reuse of obsolete or underutilized buildings and sites. Infill buildings are constructed on vacant or underutilized property or between existing buildings.

Huttenhain is also developing the Summerset Assisted Living and Memory Care Facility in Rancho Cordova, located near Zinfandel Drive and Sunrise Boulevard. It is scheduled for completion this fall.

The developer said the Lincoln care facility “is an almost perfect project for any city because it provides jobs and has virtually no negative influence on the community.”

“No crime, zero impact on schools, no appreciable traffic, no burden on the fire department for emergency medical services because the facility will have its own nurses,” Huttenhain said. “It’s just a good project for any city.”