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UNMC cancer center parking garage to stay

The parking garage will stay.

When officials first announced plans to build a cancer center on the west end of the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus, they said the parking structure near the Durham Outpatient Center would be razed to make way for the project. At the time, they said an underground parking garage would replace the 767 lost parking spots.

UNMC cancer center plans
A 10-story, 252,000-square-foot research tower

A three-story, 125,000-square-foot inpatient treatment center

A four-story, 200,000-square-foot outpatient clinic

A clinic for non-emergency care that isn't cancer-related. That will be built elsewhere on campus.

Total cost: About $370 million

But plans have evolved since January 2012, and the garage will remain. Among the other changes:

Instead of one of the new buildings stretching south from Dewey Avenue to Emile Street, it now will stop short of the walkway that cuts between the parking structure and Swanson Hall.

The building housing the cancer center's inpatient rooms will run farther east and connect to the Hixson-Lied Center.

Construction on the cancer center, a joint project of UNMC and its hospital partner, the Nebraska Medical Center, is expected to begin in late summer. It's set to be completed in 2016.

Joe Graham, the Nebraska Medical Center's chief operating officer, said keeping the parking garage in place will save money, cause less disruption for patients and visitors and allow for better connections back to the hospital's clinical spaces.

Demolition of Swanson Hall is scheduled to begin in June and run through August, said Don Mohlman, the cancer center project manager. Construction on the cancer center will start after that.

The plan to keep the parking garage in place has not affected officials' plans to acquire a square block south of Leavenworth Street for surface parking, a university spokesman said.

A 530-stall parking garage that opened in 1972 at 42nd and Emile Streets was closed in December because of concerns about the integrity of the structure.

Architect and developer Bob Perrin wants to build town homes and condos — a total of 69 units — on land that sits between 40th Street and the Field Club Trail and Mason and Marcy Streets. UNMC officials plan to use eminent domain to acquire the land.

The med center also has acquired two properties near Perrin's land that would provide a total of 651 parking stalls.

Perrin's property would hold 502 stalls.

Perrin said Wednesday in an email that he had received an appraiser's report that reaffirms UNMC's initial offer for the property.

He said he had not talked recently with UNMC officials.

Contact the writer:

402-444-1109, bob.glissmann@owh.com


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