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August 14, 2008
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Kent Morgan, Planning Department, 441-6164


Mayor Chris Beutler invites the public to two presentations next week by the Mayors’ Institute on City Design (MICD), which is studying the proposed West Haymarket development. The Mayor presented the West Haymarket plans at a national conference in October 2007. The MICD then selected Lincoln as one of only four communities across the nation to participate in its follow-up program.

“As we prepare the plans for the potential West Haymarket area and conference center, it is important to hear as may ideas and viewpoints as we can,” Beutler said. “The Institute members who are visiting are all experts in this area, and we are very fortunate to have them in our community to offer their views on the latest conceptual site plans.”

The first public event, “Views From the Field: National Design Experts Present Best Practices in Sustainable Development,” will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday, August 19 at the Lincoln Station in the Haymarket. The MICD members will discuss how communities can address contemporary urban design challenges.

The second event specifically with the Lincoln project. “West Haymarket Conceptual Plans: A Perspective from the Mayors’ Institute’s Design Professionals” will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 20 in the Council Chambers at the County-City Building, 555 S. 10th.

The visiting MICD members are Maurice Cox, Director of Design for the National Endowment for the Arts; Ray S. “Rip” Farris III, a real estate developer and urban designer; Charnelle Hicks, founder of a firm specializing in land use and environmental justice and planning; and Paul Okamoto, an expert in sustainable design.

The MICD is a partnership of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Architectural Foundation. The Institute was founded in 1985 as a way to help mayors find solutions to critical urban design challenges facing their cities. The MICD is covering most of the expenses for the Lincoln visit.

Those wanting more information can contact Kent Morgan or Michele Abendroth in the City-County Planning Department at 441-6164.

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