By: Jenn Schanz
Big changes are ahead for P street. The city council plans to redevelop four blocks of it to make for a more pedestrian-friendly downtown.
"P street is basically something that's got a lot of activity on it. It's become our new commercial district so to speak," says City Council member Jon Camp.
It's the center stretch of downtown, and has brought in booming business in recent years. Now, with 4.5 million dollars in leftover TIF funds, the city council wants to give P street a makeover.
"Essentially this project is a streetscape," says Camp.
The four block redesign will reduce the individual lane width from 15 to 11 feet, and also eliminate angle parking on one side, adding extra spots will on nearby streets.
The renovation will impact a number of local businesses.
Jon Crowe is the general manager at Toppers Pizza on the north side of P street. He says he worries about construction, but thinks the redevelopment will boost overall business.
"I think it would be beneficial for us to have more foot traffic in the area, more friendly to pedestrians," he says.
Toppers Pizza first came to Lincoln in 2012.
Crowe says the steady growth of downtown is encouraging.
"I feel like we came to Lincoln at a very exciting time for Lincoln. When we open up our store there was like five cranes downtown."