Proceeds would be used to buy park land in three areas including Wilderness Park
Lincoln Mayor Don Wesely today said the proposed sale of city-owned land at Holmes Golf Course to Talent+, a human resource consulting firm, is a win-win situation for the city and the company.
Under the proposal, the city would sell 2.31 acres of park land at Holmes for the fair market value of the property, determined by an independent appraiser to be in excess of $650,000. The city would use the proceeds to buy more than 70 acres of new park land. The new park land would include land along the flood plain of Salt Creek, expanding Wilderness Park. A new community park site would be purchased to serve newly developing areas of Lincoln, and a new neighborhood park would be created in the East Campus neighborhood. In addition, Talent+ would replace the outdated maintenance building at Holmes Golf Course at a cost of about $150,000.
"This sale will allow us to create two new parks, add to Wilderness Park and build a badly needed maintenance facility," Mayor Wesely said. "It will also help a successful Lincoln company, which employs about 75 people, to expand its operations here in Lincoln."
In 1998, Talent+ received Planning Commission approval to build a 42,000-square-foot office building and a parking lot on the north side of Pioneers Boulevard between South 56th and South 70th streets. A short time later, Talent+ approached the city about purchasing the publicly owned land immediately west of their site to create a corporate campus with a larger office building and an expanded parking area. Talent+ has delayed construction of its previously approved first phase until details of the sale of the Holmes Golf Course property could be finalized.
The request by Talent+ to purchase property at Holmes Golf Course has followed the process outlined by a 1994 administration regulation. The Planning Commission reviewed the proposal on January 10, 2001 and determined that the land sale is consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. The City Council will consider an ordinance to approve the sale in the next few weeks, and a public hearing date will be set.
Process for the sale of publicly owned land
Because Federal Land and Water Conservation Funds were used in developing Holmes Park and Golf Course, the land sale and purchase of replacement property must be approved by the Nebraska Game and Parks Department and the National Park Service. This process would begin after City Council approval. In accepting the federal funds, the city agreed to certain conditions regarding any future sale of any or all of the property. Replacement land of equal or greater appraised value must be purchased with the proceeds from the sale of the property.