By: Jenn Hatcher
He says he wants to keep part of Lincoln's history intact and thriving.
Tuesday, they broke ground on a multi-million dollar project, giving the shopping center a facelift.
Improvements will include, new lighting, sidewalks, awnings and more.
Much of the 57–year–old building will remain original.
"Many people remember K's restaurant and the supermarket that was here and other things so it's part of Lincoln's history and people want us to not forget that," says Steve Glenn, Owner of the Piedmont Shopping Center.
The city donated $750,000 from left over tax funds, Glenn will pick up the rest of the renovation costs.
The project should take a little less than six months to complete.
Ole's Shoe & Boot Repair owner, Jay Haes, says he's happy to see new life in Lincoln's oldest shopping center.
He's been a tenant for three years.
"This center will be for everybody in this town of Lincoln because there's going to be so many different businesses," says Haes.
Just a short time ago the shopping center was at less than 50 percent occupancy.
By May, they'll be at 80 percent.
Glenn explains, "We have five new companies coming, we soon hope to have a new restaurant tenant here, which we think Lincoln will really appreciate."
No word on what some of those new Piedmont businesses will be.
Glenn hopes to have a ribbon cutting before Labor Day.