I Don’t Like the P Word

February 21, 2011 at 2:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I was all excited this morning when I saw a property listing for Catalyst One. I thought: This is it! It finally feels real! After all these years and all the false starts it’s not difficult to understand why a pro-Lincoln guy like me might be a little excited.

Then I noticed the project’s status: “Proposed”. Blah. I was really hoping for something more along the lines of “Sure Thing; Pinkie Swear”.

Oh well. It won’t really feel real until we play Four Square on the roof. I wonder who we talk to about making that happen?

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Karin Dalziel February 21, 2011 at 4:32pm

Any word on whether there will actually be a “public square” at some point?

Mr. Wilson February 21, 2011 at 4:46pm

You’ve been reading Don Walton, haven’t you?

The last thing I remember hearing was that there’s no money for it. We’re stuck with a dumpy parking lot for now.

Peter February 21, 2011 at 5:14pm

So, no one’s noticed the 12 story crane looming over downtown, assembled last week from my viewing pleasure from across the street?

Mr. Wilson February 21, 2011 at 5:39pm

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch...

I kid, I kid. Seriously though, there’s a crane now? I wish I still worked downtown so I could watch the construction process.

Peter February 21, 2011 at 6:55pm

re: Four Square

There’s supposed to be a large rooftop garden for Four Square.


Peter February 22, 2011 at 10:37pm

For those who don’t work downtown, I work right across the street from the project and waste much time observing the goings on.

About 8 weeks ago they closed the parking lot at 14th and Q and began removing the asphalt.

Once that was complete, a drill with a 100 foot or so drill bit arrived and started drilling holes for the pilings.  The holes were pumped full of concrete.

While this was going on, the initial footings for the tower crane were placed on the edge of the property on Q St., across from NUtech Ventures. (west of Wendy’s)

About 3 weeks ago they tore down Chipotle, etc.

2 weeks ago a large, mobile crane was assembled one morning and the remainder of the week was spent erecting the tower crane.  Fist the 10 story tower, then the turret and cockpit, the rear section and counter weights.  Then the crowning moment… a 150 foot or so section that had been assembled on the ground was hoisted up and attached.  2 guys sitting at the end of the horizontal crane part gently guiding the ends together and hammering cotter pins.  A big audience for that one.

The tower crane can now reach anywhere in the half block from 14th to 13th along Q.  Truth is, it could pick up something behind Wendy’s or behind the defunct Kopelli’s Coffee shop.

Today they’re assembling what looks like forms (rebar and wood frames) for the main floor or sub floor.  Once that’s done I expect the structural steel to arrive and the crane will get busy.

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