With major retail stores coming and going from North Platte – most often going – what is the city to do?
Officials say the key to North Platte’s growth starts from the ground up.
Accordingly, the foundations of new development are underway all the way from downtown to the south edge of the city.
Downtown, the city council approved a street renovation district on Tuesday, Nov. 5, which could lead to reconstruction of the 106-year old streets as early as next summer.
On the south edge of the city, new warehouses are going up even as cold weather approaches.
Halfway between, two new streets are ready for action and a building permit is approved for a new hotel next to the D&N Event Center.
That hotel near the D&N Center will be a $6.8 million development, rising four stories in the air with 92 rooms, according to building plans that are filed with the city.
It is the third new hotel that is under development, on the heels of the relatively recent openings of a new Comfort Inn and a Tru by Hilton on Halligan Drive near Iron Eagle golf course.
A new, three-story Motel 6 is nearly complete on Halligan. City Building Inspector Dave Hahn said all the drywall is installed on the third floor and the drywall on the second floor is about half-finished.
Next to the Motel 6, a new beer brewery, called Sully’s is nearing completion. The interior construction could be finished within the next month or so, Hahn said.
Next to the brewery, another new hotel is going up — the Sleep Inn Motel and Mainstay Suites. It is located next to the entrance of Iron Eagle golf course. That hotel will have four stories and 82 rooms.
The footings and utility lines are already in place and construction is active.
The Sleep Inn is geared for traditional occupants who stay a night or two. Mainstay Suites areas are for longer-term residents, the company says.
The fastest moving developments in North Platte are new warehouses that are being built west of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center.
By Nov. 6, the dirt work was finished for seven new warehouses, and the first foundation was ready to be poured as this report was written.
Weather permitting, another foundation will be poured within a day or two, project superintendent Randy Williams of Chief Industries said.
Williams said if the weather cooperates, all seven buildings could be erected this fall, so the concrete floors inside could be poured, regardless of cold weather.
The outdoor concrete between the buildings will have to until spring, but the new warehouses will be ready to use as early in 2020 as possible, Williams said.
Dixie and Philip
Out on W. Philip Ave. near Dixie, the new street is paved in Parson’s development, a residential tract that will accommodate 37 new homes on 8 acres.
The street loops through the development, starting and stopping on Dixie Ave. The new street is named Hummingbird, Mockingbird and Sandpiper, depending on which section you’re on. The street has wide cul-de-sac circles at each corner.
Four homes there are ready to occupy and construction of the fifth house is well underway.
Also, a fence is going up along Philip Ave. to separate the backyards of the new homes from traffic on the street.
Great Plains Health
The biggest, most complex construction in Lincoln County continues to be the expansion of the emergency room at Great Plains Health.
Two new, state-of-the-art rooms to treat traumatized patients opened Oct. 21, spokeswoman Megan McGown said. They provide much more room for trauma staff to work on the patient and are located in the middle of the ER area.
The new rooms were a major part of the second phase of the renovation.
Work on each end of the ER area is mostly complete.
The next phase of the expansion will include more treatment rooms, an isolation room, an area designated for consultant use and a nurse station. Those should be finished in January.
When the $8.5 million, two-year ER expansion is complete, the number of examination rooms will have increased from 12 to 29.
The expansion is scheduled to be finished in July, if all goes as planned, McGown said. That would be almost exactly two years after construction began on June 25, 2018.
After months of work, Philip Ave. has been rebuilt from Jeffers to Cottonwood. The street was completely constructed, new sidewalks and all, after core samples indicated the subsurface was eroding. Workers started from the ground and went up.
Also, TIF financing has been approved for new apartments on the west side of town near the Pacific Place apartment building.
Two new buildings are planned, with a total of 48 apartment units.
And, a lot more houses are in the planning stages.
The city council approved zoning changes on Tuesday, Nov. 5, to accommodate a residential tract for 160 housing units at A and Lakeview, a project that has been discussed for at least two years.
And, Chief Industries is planning to build a large residential development near the South Platte River, not far from the U.S Highway 30 and I-80 interchange and relatively close to Iron Eagle golf course. The concept is for a golf cart community of retirees, ages 55 and older.
Work on that project could begin next spring.
Also, six new duplexes and a clubhouse are planned at Linden Estates on the west side of the city, in a $2.4 million project. They are for independent living.
On the north side, two new duplexes opened Nov. 19 at 1802 N. Sheridan.
The duplexes continues work by the Lincoln County Community Development Corporation’s rental development project on a site that was demolished with assistance from the city of North Platte, Executive Director Carol Bodeen said.
After the closure of Sears Hometown, the New Life Church is modifying the interior of the old Sun Mart building preparing to move into east side of the building. It’s a $500,000 renovation.
A permit has been issued for a $1.5 million Fat Dogs mini-travel center at 1313 S. Dewey, although the starting date of construction has not yet been announced.
The report was first published in the Bulletin’s Nov. 6 print edition.