Mayor Don Wesely, U.S. Representative Doug Bereuter, Lincoln Postmaster Doug Emery and a representative of the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad today kicked off the construction of a new project in the Haymarket area that will add 60 public parking spaces. The officials donned hard hats and swung sledgehammers at a section of the brick wall that is scheduled to be removed.
"The Haymarket is one of the busiest areas in the city, and additional parking is crucial to its continued success," said Mayor Wesely. "I want to thank Congressman Bereuter and Postmaster Emery for working with the city on the agreement that cleared the way for this badly needed project."
"We’re all aware of the importance of adequate and safe parking in an urban area, and we all want the Haymarket to thrive," Bereuter said. "For that reason I was especially pleased to have a part in facilitating the agreement, which will provide additional citizen parking as well as guaranteed parking spaces for U.S. Postal Service employees and customers. The parking area will be significantly improved environmentally, with better lighting and safety features."
New parking will be developed directly west of the Post Office building at Seventh and 'R' streets on land purchased from the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railroad. About 80 parking spaces in this area will be set aside for postal employee parking.
"We’re ready to move," said Emery. "We’re ready to get parking for our employees and have more parking for Haymarket customers."
The city will lease the current Post Office parking lot southwest of the building. This area, which has been employee parking, will be combined with the public parking lot north of Lincoln Station at Seventh and 'Q' streets to create a new 150-space lot. The facility will serve both hourly and monthly customers and will give the city an opportunity to offer validation programs to local businesses and their customers.
Parking lot user fees will cover project costs, estimated at about $250,000. Construction is expected to be completed by October 15th.