Here is an ongoing list of some our development stories from 2016 and 2017, with the most-recent stories at the top.
- By Cindy Gonzalez World-Herald staff writer
When it starts to rise this spring near 180th Street and West Dodge Road, the 120-room Aloft will be the city’s first modern hotel topped with private residences.
- By Cindy Gonzalez World-Herald staff writer
A newfangled housing type — made partly from steel shipping containers — is even part of the development mix.
More developers and merchants are taking renewed interest in a long-neglected part of Omaha between downtown and midtown. They’re even proposing a new name for the neighborhood.
An Omaha developer wants to recreate the walkable neighborhood feel of an older area like Dundee. But he wants to build it from scratch. In a cornfield. In Papillion.
Now two widely known booking companies have joined with a local developer on a concept that’s unlike anything local concertgoers frequent today: an indoor-outdoor club and amphitheater. First they have to get La Vista on board.
They’re a mix of locally and regionally owned businesses, most of which are expected to open next spring and summer.
The new owners of the former Logan hotel and apartments at 1802 Dodge St. said Tuesday that their hope is to renovate the century-old structure that has sat vacant for more than a decade.
Papillion leaders approved the project’s total cost at a Nov. 7 City Council meeting. In addition to the 120,000-square-foot main facility, the city is building an 80,000-square-foot field house and a lighted, synthetic turf soccer/football/lacrosse field at the site.
- By Emily Nohr / World-Herald staff writer
Omaha business leaders focused on developing the city’s riverfront have toured developments in other cities and plan another public meeting in Omaha this week. But that group's progress comes as a separate group that had been trying to bring more life to the riverfront undergoes changes after losing its director of less than a year.
- Cindy Gonzalez
Despite the popularity of urban living, the managing director of growth initiatives with Commercial Investment Properties says the Lincoln-based CIP also sees demand for the suburbs.
- Rick Ruggles
A whirring in the huge building along Cuming Street sounded like a dentist’s drill, which is fitting since the facility will house dozens of d…
The company had representatives in town touring possible locations in the downtown area, according to several sources who did not want to be named.
Two construction projects are poised to change the look of Omaha’s 72nd Street corridor just south of West Center Road.
Pinnacle Bank hopes to have its ITM at that corner by the end of November.
The nearly 100 people who turned out to hear the Bluestone team describe the project expressed a range of emotions, including frustration, relief and acceptance.
An unusual partnership has emerged between the Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition and real estate developers who rehabilitated the coalition’s old downtown neighborhood into millennial-friendly housing.
The effort has some Morton Meadows residents anxious about parking, congestion and overall change to their neighborhood, whose proximity to major employers such as the University of Nebraska Medical Center has made it prime for redevelopment and new housing.
Omaha’s nearly $40 million Breakers redevelopment not only has opened 217 more downtown housing options, it pulled back the blinds on a hefty and previously hidden chunk of the riverfront.
The president of the national group behind the conference, Purpose Built Communities, described the Highlander and related educational and health components the “best in class” for reinventing a once crime-ridden and poverty-plagued area.
The redevelopment aims to become the downtown the city never had, developer Chris Erickson said. Plans call for 384 apartments, 23,000 square feet of offices and 70,000 square feet of restaurants, bars and retailers.
Owner Christian Christensen said he sought to create an “intimate” setting — with art and amenities including urban garden plots, a spa for pets and a gym for humans that looks onto an outdoor courtyard with a swimming pool, grills and fire pit. He envisions fast-paced residents coming home and changing gears.
Gone are the 110 dingy sleeping rooms, replaced by 40 upscale apartments. Shared hallway toilets have morphed into black-and-white, retro-looking master bathrooms. Blue awnings have been switched out for new pink ones, with a front door to match.
Those unfamiliar with historic Benson might be a bit mystified by the huge neon “Louis” sign installed this week by the pool at a new apartmen…
As a growing number of apartment complexes compete for convenience-craving renters, developers continue to seek awe-inspiring amenities to set them apart. At north downtown Omaha’s new 1415 @ The Yard, managers tout a super techy smart home environment.
“Not only will the chamber have plenty of space to grow, this move will accelerate the resurgence of the Conagra property and make the existing chamber site available for development,” said Dana Bradford, chairman of the chamber’s building committee.
Just off Benson’s main business strip sits a 70-year-old warehouse stained by oil and filled with dust. To Jeff Dolezal and his partners, it’s the next frontier — a place TACK architects is buying after growing six years in a startup incubator in Omaha’s north downtown.
Come fall, new apartment dwellers and office workers should breathe fresh life into the structure built about 130 years ago at the northeast corner of 12th and Howard Streets.
The residential projects are part of the newest growth in one of the oldest areas of town — an area rich in hills and history tied to Italian and Czech immigrants who started settlements there in an earlier century.
In addition to manufacturing and distribution operations, the tenant mix could include less-typical industrial users such as a church, a youth sports facility or a millennial mogul seeking a blank slate on which to design a startup hub.
GreenSlate Development, a leader in the rebirth of midtown Omaha’s Blackstone commercial district, is extending its reach farther east and farther south with another batch of building projects.
- By Roseann Moring / World-Herald staff writer
An engineer from Olsson Associates laid out the plan: four new buildings, a courtyard area and an existing parking garage at 19th Street and Capitol Avenue.
Neighbors hope the cafe, which takes advantage of a City Council initiative to help older neighborhoods, will kick-start more development in the area near the North Saddle Creek Road traffic peanut.
- By Cole Epley / World-Herald staff writer
Since Omaha State Bank and Centennial Bank merged to form Core Bank in September 2013, bank President and Chief Executive John Sorrell hasn’t had his management team under the same roof.
A new residential and commercial building is filling the last gap on the storied 100 block of West Broadway in Council Bluffs — further shrinking the amount of idle land that sits between the downtowns of Omaha and the Bluffs.
An Omaha group led by Milestone Property has purchased the nine-unit structure for $725,000 and is embarking on a $2.9 million rehabilitation effort approved by the City Landmarks Commission.
- By Roseann Moring and Paige Yowell / World-Herald staff writers
The developer of Crossroads Mall has yet another plan for the site with a new timeline, new drawings and a new signed agreement with the City of Omaha.
The Sunset Valley golf course at 9300 Arbor St. appears headed to a new life as a residential housing development.
As a former Boys Town tract is cleared for its next life, new owners are trying to preserve some pieces of its storied past.
Until the $25 million revamping, the triangular-looking structure had sat lifeless for decades on the edge of downtown. It was built a century ago along the 10th Street corridor as a mail-sorting facility for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.
Facebook is announcing today that it has awarded contracts to six subcontractors from Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri.
13th Street still connects the Old Market with the zoo, plus a newer Omaha tourist attraction, Lauritzen Gardens.
The district’s new 500-stall parking structure, north of 12th Street and Capitol Avenue, will open in time for the first pitch, its developer says, adding to available parking options in and around downtown Omaha for CWS patrons.
The Comfort Inn near Omaha’s zoo has sold to a Kansas City-based group that plans to add family-friendly touches such as shuttle service to popular tourist spots and a few animal-themed rooms.
- Cory Gilinsky
Drivers on Dodge Street should start to notice some more dramatic changes as renovations continue at the Dundee Theater.
After a 125-year history as a yard for lumber and supplies, the six-block district in the historic heart of Old Millard is nearing the finish of a dramatic transformation into offices, retailers and apartments.
When the construction dust settles, the daytime population at the new West Farm development is projected to jump by 15,000 or more. For perspective, that’s about the number of people living in the city of La Vista.
The event Wednesday drew more than 80 business and civic leaders, including Gov. Pete Ricketts, Mayor Jean Stothert and partners involved in the construction project.
An outline for Omaha’s former Civic Auditorium site shows four buildings with apartments, offices, stores and possibly a new downtown public library.
Omaha’s original Clancy’s Pub and a few other businesses will be leaving their longtime spots at 72nd and Pacific Streets to make way for a ne…
The data center will be Facebook’s sixth in the United States and one of the most advanced and energy-efficient data centers in the world.
- By Cindy Gonzalez World-Herald staff writer
The 283-apartment Duke complex, which is to run parallel to 46th Street between Dodge and California, is Giddings Group's first project in Omaha.
- By Chris Peters / World-Herald staff writer
Plans for a 10-acre addition to the 8.8-acre zoo were announced Wednesday. The project, set for completion in 2019, will create exhibits for new marquee species and allow the zoo to stay open year-round.
Area commercial brokers who connect buyers with industrial sites see demand only rising.
Cornfields of western Sarpy County have become a magnet in the past five years for buyers seeking big spaces for projects ranging from data centers to cemeteries to college campuses.
With Grace University set to leave its near-downtown Omaha campus of 75 years, hundreds of apartments and an elementary school are lined up to…
The city's commitment to build a 400-space parking complex has accelerated a private effort to transform land east of Midtown Crossing into a multi-block office park.
- By David Hendee / World-Herald staff writer
Grace officials announced in January that the Omaha Public Schools planned to purchase its campus on South Ninth Street and that university officials were seeking a new location. Grace had 370 students enrolled in January.
PJ Morgan Real Estate’s investments arm just bought the longtime ethnic restaurant near 13th and William Streets, whose closing last September set off an auction of memorabilia that drew hundreds of nostalgic bidders.
The latest redevelopment proposed for north downtown Omaha calls for building more than 200 apartments on the Micklin Lumber/Ace Hardware Stor…
Dubbed Avenue One, it would be one of the largest developments of its kind in Omaha, according to the developers.
Another nearby parcel recently sold for future office use, and crews are working across 180th Street on yet another office structure to open next year.
A quarter-century after opening as a premiere downtown office and retail complex, the Landmark could go through a metamorphosis — one that add…
An investor group led by Jason Fisher of the Lund Co. is counting on a convergence of factors to pull more of the city’s small- to medium-sized firms to the half-empty Landmark office tower.
Midtown 2050 Corp. aims to “maximize midtown’s potential” by connecting its existing corporate and university campuses and neighborhoods, and filling in the blanks between them with new developments built to complement each other and support an urban lifestyle.
- By Cindy Gonzalez and Jay Withrow / World-Herald staff writers
The new Heafey Hoffmann Dworak & Cutler funeral chapel will be about 26,000 square feet, up from the 18,000 square feet of its predecessor, which opened in 1980, said co-owner Bill Cutler.
It didn’t take much convincing for Todd and Mary Heistand to buy the midtown building upon which grew much of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway empire.
The Landing’s decor and theme are intended to evoke a feeling of international airports.
Warren Distribution’s upcoming move to downtown Omaha’s 10th Street corridor will stack another century of history on a redevelopment site alr…
Two side-by-side Lincoln buildings are to undergo a major transformation that will bring a high-end boutique hotel, a restored ballroom and upgraded commercial space to an older pocket of the city’s downtown.
“Go back to four years ago, North Park was dead,” said Jeffrey Wyatt of Colliers International. “It’s fabulous to see that space filled up and to see people going to work.”
- By Cindy Gonzalez and Julie Anderson / World-Herald staff writers
The health system’s administrative offices, which are based in a couple of structures near the hospital, are nearing the end of their useful life, said John Fraser, president and chief executive of Methodist Health System.
Such millennial-heavy makers colonies can help centralize a community with a creative bent and a focus on providing fledgling entrepreneurs a home to produce and sell goods and inventions.
Five years in the making, the $205 million development’s signature 333-room hotel and 218-apartment building, each rising 12 stories, clearly is changing the landscape of downtown Omaha.
The insurance giant has tapped Minneapolis-based Ryan Cos. to be master developer for the project site viewed as key to protecting Mutual’s backyard and to further fueling midtown revitalization.
When anyone wanted to get the 4-1-1 on midtown Omaha’s Park Avenue, all roads led to Mary Ann Caniglia.
A midtown castle in distress is being rescued.
A local researcher who documented the history for a pending landmark designation said each era exposed an owner or a use more intriguing than the next. “It was like an onion with all those layers. It kept getting better.”
The future of the 402 Hotel includes a redesigned red and gray exterior with more lighting, a new roof, rehabilitated guest rooms and an open lobby area with a bar where patrons can socialize. It is to have shuttle service to the airport, the zoo, the Old Market and the CenturyLink Center.
It’s been nearly a decade since Mister C’s dished up a veal parmigiana or any other Italian fare, but neighbors still call the 30th and Fort S…
The pair of new construction projects — dubbed Blackstone Station and Blackstone Union — ushered in a different level of lender confidence, said area real estate leaders. The apartment buildings have their grand opening this week on the historic commercial strip.
That percentage puts it at No. 12 among the nation’s 100 most populated metro areas.
When all is said and done — it’s estimated to take as long as 20 years to build out. “This is kind of the town center of west Omaha,” the developer said.
Deepak Gangahar and his business partner Kirti Trivedi saw signs of renewal and promise in the corridors that connected burgeoning midtown neighborhoods to the west and downtown’s central business district to the east.
Of the 50 total apartments to be built by Foundations Development, 15 will be for low-to-moderate-income families including graduates of Bethlehem House, which helps pregnant women in crisis.
Tim Macdonald had heard plenty of speculation about what lay hidden within St. Patrick Church's cornerstone’s time capsule — and had even dug up old newspaper articles to see what he could learn about the contents.
- By Cole Epley and Cindy Gonzalez / World-Herald staff writers
In a market still booming with rental complexes, some banks and investors increasingly are looking beyond popular millennial-focused apartment projects and pushing more profitable senior housing options.
Area residents who hated to see the century-old structure fall now are focused on making sure its replacement fits the surroundings.
The proposed Duke of Omaha project is to be built east of 46th Street, stretching north from about Dodge Street to California Street. Units would average $1,300 per month for rent and are expected to attract professionals working nearby and medical students.
The building is to rise 10 stories and cover about 245,000 square feet, including about 18,000 square feet of retail space, at the corner of 67th and Frances Streets.
Dave Paladino, of Landmark Group real estate, joins a growing number of local developers amassing multiple parcels — even entire corridors and neighborhoods — to better control, brand and transform older pockets of Omaha into the next hot spots for shopping, dining, living or all of the above.
New census data put Sarpy in the top 100 counties for percentage growth of housing units from 2010 to 2015. During the first half of the decade, Sarpy added about 5,200 dwellings.
Dr. Richard Azizkhan said this week that the hospital and its now-tenant, HDR, have formed a cordial relationship and that he intends to be flexible as HDR proceeds with its quest for a new home office.
While unavailable for this month’s College World Series and U.S. Olympic Swim Trials, the Marriott Capitol District Hotel is among eight hotel projects on track to add a total of 1,000 or so guest rooms to the Omaha metro area by the end of next year, according to the Omaha Convention and Visitors Bureau.
NuStyle Development plans to add a couple of floors — expanding the midtown institution to 10 levels and 1 million square feet — solidifying it as the metro area’s largest single structure of market-rate apartments.
The Christ Child Center at 10th and William Streets, a community hub that closed last year amid declining attendance and funding, has been purchased by and is to become an extension of the neighboring St. Frances Cabrini Church and its All Saints grade school.
A “City Centre” project is to bring apartments, restaurants, retailers, offices and a grocer to the 84th Street corridor left with a gaping commercial hole when Walmart sparked an exodus a decade ago.
Noddle Cos. has been tapped by the unidentified firm to be the lead developer of the land, Chief Executive Jay Noddle told The World-Herald. He said the buyer wants to remain unidentified for now but plans to move hundreds of employees into office space to be built there.
Leaders of the nonprofit, based along Park Avenue, are hoping greater awareness will minimize potential downsides of gentrification — a changing of the neighborhood’s residents from poorer people to wealthier ones, with the attendant increases in rent and fancier services.
The 64-unit structure stands out among other neighboring buildings because new owner InCommon Community Development bought it with the specific intent to keep rents low for residents such as Brooklyn and Eisenauer, even after a planned revamp.
- By Roseann Moring / World-Herald staff writer
Omaha and Council Bluffs leaders are talking with the powerful nonprofit Heritage Services about ways to draw more people and development to the area.
The Specht’s current tenant, Julia Russell, heard the suggestion that the Specht might be haunted and thought: Why not? If landmark status can’t ensure preservation, then perhaps a little supernatural intervention could stir things up.
It’s the company’s first housing initiative since scrapping an apartment complex that Fairacres neighbors opposed at the site of the then-vacant Temple Israel at 70th and Cass Streets.
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Aaron Moser of Omaha’s Sage Capital, developer of Dundee Flats, said site work for the four-story structure had stalled during negotiations with Children’s.
The winners are to be recognized March 3 during the 2017 Saving Places awards event hosted by Restoration Exchange Omaha.
Gasoline is still the top source of sales at convenience stores, but food has the highest profit margins, and store operators are revamping stores to sell more of it.
- $500 million proposal to transform Conagra campus includes housing, offices, access to lake
- Flurry of construction projects at River's Edge leads to creation of 'a new front door to Council Bluffs'
- Rendering of Duke of Omaha apartment complex
- College students compete to design a block of Omaha's New North Makerhood district