North Platte, Neb. (KNOP) - Chief is known for its metal buildings such as grain bins, ethanol plants, and other fabrications - in business for 65 years. They expanded into development about eight years ago with projects like The West Hay Market
in Lincoln, but today, they were in North Platte pitching their ideas to the North Platte City Council.
They are interested in developing in North Platte, with suggested projects for north of Mid-Plains North Campus, and east of the canal. They want to create "synergies," according to President and General Manager of Chief Development Roger Bullington P.E.
Bullington proposed purchasing seven acres, with the option to purchase 23 additional acres, which they would call Iron Trail Industrial on Twin Rivers Business Park north of Fed Ex. On this portion of land they would start by building built-to-suit warehouses for distribution and other needs.
And then, the even bigger project on the area north of Mid-Plains' North Campus, asking for the blight and substandard study to be completed and annex the land to the city. And the vision is that a community would be built - catered to the aged 55 plus community, with a senior living facility adjacent to the Iron Eagle Golf Course, with multi-family with a town home concept, and to work with NPPD to build a pedestrian and golf cart bridge to combine the new development with facilities on the west such as Dunkin Doughnuts. Their main goal: to create a golf cart community.
Bullington praised the strength of the health care community in North Platte which was a big part of attracting developers to the area. He said, "Anytime you can do a strong housing component in a community with strong health care, those are good building blocks for workforce development. That is what every community in Nebraska is needing."
Bullington said, "This is either going to happen quickly for the developers or it isn't going to happen at all." He added that if all of the pieces fall in place, the first steps could allow dirt to be moving by October this year.
He did not share the names of the developers wanting to locate in North Platte as it would compromise confidentially.