Gering getting started, big buzz in downtown

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GERING, Neb. (KNEP) The city of Gering is moving forward with phase 2 of Gering City Plaza construction on Monday. The parking lot north of "N" street is going to be used for staging construction materials. The streets bordering the plaza may also occasionally be closed.

Signs have been posted to warn people ahead of time. Construction is planned through august 31st

Phase one of the project involved replacing the old broken u-p parking lots and installing a covered awning for farmer's markets. The next step is going to completely change the space.

Michael Gillen, Gering City Council Member for Ward 2 said there will be a stage, restrooms and several pathways and social areas that people can gather at. “It'll be great for outdoor weddings” and if people would like to host a reception, “the civic center is real close.”

Councilman Gillen works at Western State Bank that borders the lot. To get to work, he parks farther away. But the covered parking that was built in Phase 1 isn’t much farther.

Union Bar is located on “N” and 10th st, and they draw a large crowd. Carla and Scott Swanson own Union Bar and Grill. Scott said that they’ve talked with Anderson Shaw, the construction company that’s doing the project. “But, it isn’t a problem, we’ve got tons of parking”

Councilman Gillen says years of planning have gone into this project and he's excited about breaking ground. As a city councilman who has served nearly 3 years, “I’m really excited that they're getting started on construction of the Downtown City Plaza. It's been several months and even a couple years in the making. Lots of plans went in beforehand. We're excited to break ground and get the phase 2 of the plaza started.”

We'll keep you posted as construction progresses