The City of Lincoln is on Track to Shatter Construction Records this Year

Both Commercial and Residential Construction is Up this Year in Lincoln

Lincoln, Neb. (KLKN)-The skyline in Lincoln has changed throughout the years, adding new buildings and homes, and revitalizing older neighborhoods.  Adding more construction in Lincoln is impacting our economy today and in the future.

“In many other cities across the country, construction came to a grinding halt.  But not in Lincoln, we kept building and growing. I mean we are shattering records for construction in this city,” said Mayor of Lincoln Leirion Gaylor Baird.

In 2020 there was about $750,000,000 spent on construction in Lincoln.  This year the city is on track to do $1,000,000,000 in construction.  With more construction projects, comes more jobs.

“In Lincoln, we have seen about 2,000 more construction jobs grow since February of 2020, so about a 26% rise in construction jobs, and these are good-paying jobs,” said Mayor Gaylor Baird.

Not only will you see changes downtown, but also in our neighborhoods.

“Right where we stand basically there was a single house and it had gotten delapitated, it had fallen apart, there were holes in the roof. NeighborWorks was able to purchase the house, which came on a sizable lot,” said Charlie Wesche Real Estate Director of NeighborWorks.

Neighborworks is in the process of revitalizing the lot into a duplex, and a single-family home offering affordable housing to low-income families.

“We have a history of providing re-investment in the Clinton neighborhood. We just see such quality neighborhoods that need that little help, where you start with some re-investment and then you see a ripple effect from there,” said Wesche.

“All of these commercial and residential properties support our tax base, and our tax base supports our schools. As the schools educate the workforce of tomorrow, you’ve really got a pretty virtuous cycle going,” said Mayor Gaylor Baird.

Just as a reminder, the City of Lincoln is growing on average by about 4,000 people a year, which is equivalent to the town of Waverly.

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