Idea for Antelope Valley

November 12, 2012 at 2:40pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Four developers have come forward with ideas for redeveloping part of Antelope Valley near 21st and N Streets.

The general tone of most of the proposals is fairly predictable: somewhat mixed uses including housing of various sorts. One proposal does stand out as very different. Plant Oasis Group proposes a botanical garden and a plant conservatory. I don’t know if that’s practical or particularly interesting to Lincolnites, but you’ve got to give the group credit for bringing something different to the table.

The City’s history with these sorts of redevelopment proposals is mixed. But these four ideas, unlike the infamous Catalyst One, actually sound more or less achievable. Not only that, but they’re doable on a relatively short timeline. That makes them feel more real and thus, I hope, more likely to generate interest and excitement.

Do you have a favorite among the proposals? Would you have expected anything different for the area in question?

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JT November 12, 2012 at 3:31pm

The heavy hitters seem to behind the biggest project. As a Lincolnite I’d like to see the gardens, that would make a nice green strip. As a downtown business owner I’d like to see one of the proposals that includes apartments. East downtown is starting to really turn around (see the Duncan/Lincoln Industries purchase at 19th & O).

George November 12, 2012 at 3:32pm

I would love the botanical garden and a plant conservatory.  They are bigger draws in other cities.

Karin Dalziel November 12, 2012 at 4:02pm

I would love the gardens, but I don’ think it has much of a chance. I think a grocery store makes a lot of sense there, moreso than where pershing is. Looking at a map that area could really use more greenspace, even if not as big as full blown gardens, it’d be nice to get a public park in there. I like the indoor community center idea too, assuming it’s not just for the people living in the “upscale apartments.”

Personally, I’d love a dave and buster’s (or something like it) somewhere near downtown.

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