And the Developer Is…

April 29, 2008 at 1:16pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

We still haven’t answered Question #1—Should we build it?—but if we do build a new arena in the Haymarket, the Scott brothers will lead the charge. Poor ol’ John Q Hammons got left in the dust again. Don’t get too worked up over any details, though. Very little is set in stone at this point. A couple LJS commenters refer to the arena pictured in the mockup as a “barn”, but that is most certainly not what the final arena will look like. For one thing, the rendering shows the arena and hotel as being separated, whereas the textual description in the article says some of the hotel rooms will actually look into the arena.

Interestingly, the article doesn’t say a word about the size of the arena in the Scotts’ proposal. That’s an odd omission considering how contentious that topic has been.

Also interesting, for a much different reason, is the City’s selection of the relatively-untested Robert and Will Scott. The team they bring to the table has a lot of experience with this sort of project, but the brothers themselves are still fairly green. The Mayor’s rationale—well, a portion of it, anyway—is pretty transparent. He wants the local connection. Two Lincolnites can sell the project to their neighbors much easier than an outside group can sell it.

Any thoughts on the choice of developer? Anybody else with me in wishing we could vote on this thing this year, rather than waiting until next year?

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Fletch April 29, 2008 at 3:08pm

I thought you could tell from the picture that some of the hotel rooms look into the arena. Aren’t there, in this design, about 150 rooms attached to the arena, and 250 nearby? That would explain the separate building.

I’m surprised John Q wasn’t picked - maybe the city is tired of getting burned by him.

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