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Old February 9th, 2008, 12:58 AM   #81
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Some great news in regards to the historic preservation in Omaha!

First with the Brandies Building

Townsend Inc has released their plans for this vacant building on 16th and Douglas. They plan to convert the ground floor into a restaurant (2 national chains and 1 local restaurant have already expressed interest), floors 2-7 into 118 luxury apartments, and floors 8-9 into 35 condos. They are still uncertain what to do with the 10th floor, which was formerly a ballroom.

more from the Omaha World-Herald:

Next, the Logan Building

Garrison Development plans to renovate this vacant building on 18th and Dodge into 105 studio apartments.

More from the Omaha World-Herald:

Both of these should meet the HUGE demand for apartments in downtown Omaha. We have had more than our fair share of condo projects as of late, but both of these are taking advantage of the growing market for cheaper apartments in downtown. We also get to see two historic landmarks preserved in the process!

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Old April 17th, 2008, 07:32 AM   #82
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Wow, I once again let this thread sit un updated for far too long! Over two months, not good.

Here is a little update for everyone!

North Downtown Development Update
Lets start off with the new stuff:
Blue Lofts

The Blue Lofts, which are part of the second phase of the Saddle Creek Records development, will be a 3 story loft apartment building that will feature 22 units and retail space on street level. This is (conveniently) across the street from the new proposed downtown ballpark. Ground on the lofts should begin by the end of summer and have residents moving in by summer 2009.

Sticking at the Slowdown site, American Apparel has announced plans to open a 3,800 sq ft store. This is just the latest addition to the complex which includes an Urban Outfitters, Blue Line Coffee, Slowdown Bar and Rock Venue (run by Saddle Creek Records), indie skateshop BBB Ltd., Graphic design firm Secret Penguin and the Film Streams independent movie theater.

Hotels-Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn, Homewood Suites, and Holiday Inn

The Hampton Inn is now complete and open, as is the Fairfield Inn. Construction on the Holiday Inn is still moving along and the Homewood Suites is going to be opening next week.

The owners of InPlay, a restaurant and interactive gaming center located in the historic TipTop building is getting new owners and will be downsizing the gaming floor. The plan will make room for Ally Poyner Architecture, who will be relocating their offices there.

General Downtown

Wall Street Tower
Demolition is still chugging along at a snails pace. What was once a 12 story building that took up an entire block is now just 4 stories.

World Herald Building
Demolition on this building is flying. It should be down by within the next couple of weeks.
Last week:
Yesterday (notice the sunlight):

Patrick's Market
Downtown's first major downtown grocer opened up a few months ago. It sounds like business has been fantastic!

Meat counter.
The important section. ::
Overview from the front.
Check out time.

Missouri River Pedestrian Bridge
The construction on the bridge has been flying since my last update. The bridge is now connected on both landings (IA and NE) and has only 1 more space left to connect it. A lot of work remains, however, it is great to see the bridge itself done (or about done).

Iowa Approach:

jLofts-Old Market


Midtown Crossing
Construction is moving right along. Two of the elevator shafts have topped out.

UNMC Durham Research Tower II

And I'm spent!
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Old July 21st, 2008, 02:58 AM   #83
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any idea what that project being built across from the skinner macaroni building will contain? i saw some mention of a retail element on the hoardings.

great thread by the way. i spend a lot of time in downtown omaha. love the old market area. i had no idea patrick's market even existed! will definitely check it out next time i'm down there.
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Old July 29th, 2008, 07:49 PM   #84
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Well, because they're building a downtown Stadium, Rosenblatt is being torn down to be made into a parking lot for the zoo, but they the zoo is razing a smaller parking lot thats closer to the zoo and making it into an Alaskan Tundra area, the parking lot is shown here between 10th street and the Desert Dome. Also, they are building a Madagascar Exhibit with Lemurs and other native Madagascan wildlife. They are also building a new Elephant exhibit, which will give us a herd of a dozen elephants, and Finally, a sky rail to connect the two sides of the Zoo. A butterfly pavilion also recently opened.

And with the World Herald tearing down their old headquarters, there are rumors of another tower going up in its place, owned by Pacific Life.
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Old August 19th, 2008, 05:22 AM   #85
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There are rumors that Yahoo is going to build a data center somewhere in the Omaha area. Also, just about every hospital in the City is going through an expansion with several more being built. And finally, plans to revitalize Benson have been released, called the Benson Beat.
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Old September 29th, 2008, 06:00 AM   #86
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Omaha is going to get a Yahoo Data Center and a hotel has been decided upon for Mid Town Crossing, a new brand called the Element by Westin.

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Old December 7th, 2008, 03:45 PM   #87
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Omaha 1953

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Old January 27th, 2009, 05:37 PM   #88
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Anybody have pictures of how the ballpark is coming along?
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Old February 8th, 2009, 07:57 AM   #89
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They just broke ground a few weeks ago, nothing worth of note yet, except for ripped up parking lots.
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Old February 8th, 2009, 02:45 PM   #90
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Sorry I was opposed to the new ballpark that is to replace the Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in the future. I was opposed to it because if the new ballpark had under 20,000 seats, it had to be expanded to about 30,000 for the College World Series and that would be a waste of money. Glad to see that the final capacity of the ballpark is 24,000 with the capability of expanding to 35,000 for the CWS. I don't know if the expanded capacities would be a waste of money, also.
I honestly think all development projects must be sustainable and futureproof.

You support the good projects... and oppose the bad.
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Old July 28th, 2009, 03:26 PM   #91
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Question for Nebraskans

With the Midwest HSR program imminent, why is Nebraska content with the HSR capable line terminating in Omaha? It seems that the door is open to extend this line 60 miles to Lincoln. Lincoln is certainly a large enough city to merit HSR, it is home to a major university and the rail lines could easily connect to the Airport as well as downtown.

I am aware that the California Zephyr already stops in Lincoln, but that is 1 train per day. The HSR program will eventually have 3-4 trains between Omaha-DesMoines-Davenport-Chicago.

The time is right to begin planning for this extension if it has local support.

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