The site was identified in a 2005 UNL master plan as a possible location for what would become the Nebraska Innovation Campus, with the former Whittier Junior High School serving as the headquarters.
That plan was later scrapped after 250 acres were secured on the former Nebraska State Fairgrounds and the research park began to expand a decade ago.
In 2013, an updated master plan called for clearing the Cushman site for future development on the east side of Antelope Creek in Lincoln’s Malone neighborhood, where many of the city’s early black residents settled.
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Demolition of the former Cushman factory, including a historic 1913 mission-style brick building, began in 2014. The property, valued at $ 5.9 million, has been vacant since.
In response to a call for tenders launched in April, two site redevelopment projects were proposed. A selection committee ultimately adopted the vision outlined by Woodbury and WRK, with partners Lockwood Development of Omaha and WELL Senior Living.
Woodbury was an early developer of Innovation Campus, while WRK operates the Hudl Building, Hyatt Place Hotel and Railyard Entertainment District, all located in the West Haymarket area.
Will Scott, Managing Director of WRK, said the project would put UNL in the company of more than 70 other universities, including seven in the Big Ten Conference, which offer living facilities for the elderly developed through public partnerships. private near campus.