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Lincoln sees housing expansion

Brinshore breaks ground for Plowfield Square

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[July 12, 2013]  Thursday morning, Brinshore Development of Northbrook hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for Lincoln's newest housing project, Plowfield Square.

Plowfield will be located on Lincoln's west side, near the business district. The property is south of Woodlawn Road/Route 10, just south of Castle Manor. The project will include townhouse-style apartments priced for working-class individuals and families.

Several community leaders turned out for the ceremony, including city Alderwomen Jonie Tibbs and Kathy Horn, Mayor Keith Snyder, Andi Hake and Megan Hough of the Lincoln/Logan County Chamber of Commerce along with several of the chamber ambassadors, and Brian Bergen, Vic Martinek and Chris Huff of the Lincoln & Logan County Development Partnership, just to name a few..

Richard Sciortino of Brinshore Development acted as emcee for the short program that preceded the groundbreaking. Sciortino said his role was to introduce the speakers who would soon follow.

He began with the introduction of Mayor Keith Snyder. By way of introduction, Sciortino said his first experience with the city of Lincoln was with Snyder, and that he had been well received by the mayor. Snyder had shared with him that there are employers who could expand their operations in Lincoln, but that affordable housing for wage earners was lacking.

Sciortino had earlier said that his company reaches out to communities the size of Lincoln, and one thing they look for is a community that is welcoming, one that wants to see this type of development come to their community.

Snyder began by saying it was a great day for Lincoln and that he had a lot to be thankful for. He recalled that just four years ago there was a groundbreaking for Castle Manor, the assisted living facility just to the north.

Shortly after that came the groundbreaking for the new Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, now comes the groundbreaking for Plowfield, and soon the planning commission will be looking at plans for a new subdivision on the other side of the street, across from the hospital.

Snyder said he was grateful for the new homes available in Lincoln. He said whether it be a complex like Plowfield, or the blessing of a Habitat for Humanity home, Lincoln is excited for the creation of new homes.

Snyder also commented on an email he received in 2011 as a "cold call." Snyder said the email outlined the development company, their goals for building affordable homes and asked if the city of Lincoln would be interested in being a part of this. Snyder said that was a case where a cold call paid off for everyone.

It was also mentioned that the Lincoln & Logan County Development Partnership was involved in bringing the day to fruition. Sciortino said the company began working with the development partnership when Mike Maniscalco was the director, and that the partnership had been great to work with.

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Sciortino next introduced Linda Thurmond of the Illinois Housing Development Authority. In his introduction he mentioned that the Illinois Housing Development Authority is one of the best-run in the country. He noted that his company has completed over 30 developments in cooperation with IHDA.

When Thurmond took the podium, she first commented on the large turnout for the groundbreaking. She moved on, saying that IHDA is a somewhat quiet organization in the state, but that over the last 40 years the agency has helped finance 7 to 8 percent of the housing in Illinois. She told the group that it never gets old to come to a groundbreaking and be a part of offering affordable, safe, clean housing in a community.

The next speaker was Andrew Hugger of U.S. Bank out of Chicago. Hugger was representing the bank as investor and lender for the project.

Sciortino in his introduction said that getting to this point in the project was not an easy task. He expressed his appreciation to the bank and its representative for their willingness to work through the issues and stick with Brinshore in getting the project off the ground.

Hugger took the podium and said that U.S. Bank was proud to be a part of the Lincoln project. He also told the group that this is not the first housing program U.S. Bank has financed in Lincoln.

Sciortino concluded the program by thanking members of the Brinshore staff who had worked on the project. He also acknowledged building and zoning officer John Lebegue, saying that Lebegue was very valuable in his work with the zoning and proved to be a great resource for the developers as they put together the plans for the program.

He also mentioned the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for energy-efficiency incentives they offered for the project.

He said the primary contractor for the job would be Baxter Construction. He said Baxter is really great about working with local contractors, and they all have done a great job for the company in the past.

He also thanked local attorney Doug Muck, who was the seller of the property where Plowfield will is to be built.

Immediately after this, Sciortino invited a large group to join him in pitching the first shovels of dirt on the new project.

After the groundbreaking, everyone was invited to stay and enjoy a lunch catered by Peggy's Place and Fat Boys BBQ.


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