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dpcember 10, 1975
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Magee said pedestrians would be able to cross O Street
without the fear of traffic, much like in a shopping center.
There would be grass and trees," he said. "These are
things I think people go to a shopping center for and enjoy.
"If we're going to compete with shopping centers we
have got to have some of the same things downtown."
Adding to the shopping center effect would be a series
of pedestrian walkways, or skywalks, connecting much of
the downtown business district.
Bob Simon, head of the pedestrian walkway task force
and president of Ben Simon's, said, "We have developed a
plan to have a connection from Brandeis, to the Centrum,
into the Magee-Miller and Paine block, to the Atrium (plan
ned for the current National Bank of Commerce (NBC)
"From there it would cross to the First Great West
Building, to the Sharp Building, then to the First National
Bank, to the Cengas Building and back to the Atrium.
The walkway system is supposed to provide the shopper
with a shopping center atmosphere where he would never
have to leave a building's warmth or coolness.
Some talk exists about a skywalk from Miller and Paine
to Hovland Swanson's on the north side of O Street, but
plans have not been drawn up, Simon said.
"We are in the process of investigating what types of
legislative act we're going to need in order to finance this
for downtown," he said. "We want to know if there is a
vehicle to get it done without forcing anyone into it."
Present legislation forces approval by 51 percent of the
businesses, he said, "and we don't want to force this down
anyone's back if we can help it."
It would be difficult for businesses like Walgreen's at
13th and O streets, with only two stories, to use the
system, he added. "We feel it's the obligation of the
businesses to pay the bill, not the city, so we must work it
Simon said his store will be moving into the new Atrium
complex at 12th and N streets after its completion in late
1976 or 1977.
He said the remodeling of the former Scars Building,
which was originally the Rudge and Gunzel department
store, will include two atrium areas extending the full seven
floors with skylights at the top and plants and greenery on
Ben Simon's is the first business to sign a lease with the
Chicago-based Hawthorne Reality Group, which has bought"
the building and is doing the remodeling work.
Simon's will occupy part of the first and second floors
of the $4.5 million Atrium, along with nearly 60 other
shops, Simon said.
v,nht r,, (i the current Simon's store) we have a
vertical situation which poses a problem with the small
floors," he said, "but hopefully the move will solve this
Extensive remodeling of the old Western Electric Build
ing in the Gunny's parking-shopping-entertaining complex
at I3th and Q streets has been successful, according to
downtown merchants. Remodeling of the older building has
been offset by the construction of new buildings in the
Four building projects, totaling $61 million, are
completed or nearing completion.
Only a year old, the $6 'million Hilton Hotel on the
Western entrance to downtown is accompanied by the $16
million Federal Office Building and garage at O St. and Cen
tennial Mall; the nearly completed $9 million NBC Bank
Building at 13th and O streets, and the $20 million State
Office Building and garages along Centennial Mall.
More parking needed
Although the Lincoln Center project is extensive, Magee
expressed concern that improvements won't bring many
more people downtown until the Centrum is constructed
with more downtown parking.
"I think the project will help keep the businesses from
leaving and vacating the downtown area and retain it as the
major shopping and business area," he said.
Projects that now are occurring in downtown Lincoln
are ones that Magee said he hopes will make for more inter
"It is people oriented, rather than automobile oriented"
he said, favoring the pedestrian change.
"We think we've got a very strong and vibrant, vital
downtown Lincoln. We just don't want it to go down the
drain and become kind of a ghost town."
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