"It's going to feel like a cornstalk in a tomato field," one neighbor said of a housing project to sprout south of downtown Omaha where a family's flower shop and greenhouse operation once stood.
Loft apartments and rehabbed commercial bays are poised to pop up along Omaha’s historic Auto Row — a stretch once bustling with showrooms of Studebakers, Hudsons and other classic cars.
The owner of a century-old building on 18th and Howard Streets says he plans to file a lawsuit challenging Douglas County’s move to seize his property and demolish it, making way for a $120 million juvenile justice center.
If it weren't for taxpayers, the Hilton Hotel attached to downtown's convention center and arena might not have gotten built. Now the city says it can take steps to get out of the hotel business and eventually get taxpayers off the hook for about $140 million in debt attached to the hotel.
The century-old Blackstone Hotel, most recently used as an office building in midtown Omaha, is poised to be resurrected to its original use under a nearly $75 million plan by two Omaha developers.
The resumption of a decades-dormant U.S. Army Corps of Engineers study means lakes in the pipeline by the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District that had been expected to take about 50 years to construct now could be open to the public in as few as 15 years.
A proposal for a new Douglas County Juvenile Court, office and youth detention complex received a warm welcome from the Douglas County Board on Tuesday in its debut appearance in public. But there are many questions that remain to be answered about how the building project would benefit children and whether there are other alternatives that might benefit them more.
The hotel rooms, water park and meeting rooms are open for business under new management, but Omaha’s Lund Co. lists the hotel for sale at $35,550,000, an amount that would cover the loans, taxes and unpaid bills.
Urban Village Development, which has built or converted numerous other structures around town, finalized its purchase of the property Friday.
The tour even attracted people who weren’t looking to move — some just wanted to see how the urban core of Omaha has changed.
The corporation would function like private entities that the University of Nebraska used to develop the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center and the University of Nebraska at Omaha's Baxter Arena, officials said.
The $290 million project will create a 90-acre park along the mall and river, from the marina near the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge south to The Breakers apartment complex at Leavenworth Street.
The roughly $3.2 million in public improvements, for the most part, are needed for the area’s park even without the venue, said La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig and City Administrator Brenda Gunn.
Capitol Place, the structure coming up at 10th Street and Capitol Avenue, will be a 72-unit mixed-use building.
Recent changes to the downtown area landscape could alter or extend traffic patterns of curious visitors wanting to check out something different between games.
At a June 5 meeting, the City Council declared some blocks between downtown and the Papillion Creek blighted and substandard and created a limited community redevelopment authority. The move allows the city to offer tax-increment financing, or TIF, a method of reallocating property taxes to promote redevelopment.
Real estate experts and civic leaders raved Tuesday over the $290 million, largely privately funded plan they say should draw more people to the Omaha riverfront and eventually more commerce to the city’s core.
When Charlie Graham Auto Body’s iconic neon sign squiggles across 42nd Street in midtown and apartments rise above a Wells Fargo Bank branch downtown, they likely will do so with help from property tax incentives.
Yes, you can take your drink outside the bars in downtown’s new Capitol District. But there are a few rules.
Mike Moylan of Shamrock Development, which led creation of the entertainment-focused district, said the last big construction piece to ring the plaza is expected to begin in the next few weeks.
Already, 15 people have pre-ordered new Bentleys, and Pittack expects to sell 35 to 50 new models each year.
"This is a big win for our city," said Connor Lund, who along with Lund Co. colleague Spencer Secor represented MetLife on the lease. MetLife is a newcomer to the area.
The Douglas County Board voted Tuesday to go ahead with its $2.75-million purchase of the Omaha Housing Authority’s downtown headquarters, despite Board Member Jim Cavanaugh’s vigorous denunciation of the purchase and its purpose.
After construction cost overruns, years of operating in the red and now a concrete parking lot that’s crumbling, the Ralston Arena could get some help from professionals who assist such facilities for a living.
It was tough, even for the owners, to imagine a mixed-use building rising five stories on a north downtown patch of land wedged between Interstate bridges, railroad tracks and city roads.
The boutique hotel taking over the historic downtown Omaha Saunders Kennedy building is to open in spring of 2019 — with a new name that nods to its feathered falcon friends next door.
A three-year stretch of uncertainty for a storied 127-year-old office building along downtown Omaha’s Gene Leahy Mall has taken a positive turn. The twist involves a new owner, renovations — and, possibly, a cold beer for those passing by in the future.
To hear Metro transit agency officials describe it, traveling on the new ORBT line will be an otherworldly experience for people who are used to riding the bus in Omaha.
According to the report, most projects that asked for and received TIF were in the Aksarben area, followed by downtown and midtown.
Bellevue City Administrator Joe Mangiamelli is optimistic. But such sentiment from city administration and politicians — sometimes accompanied by plans that have gone nowhere — is a familiar song for the area’s longtime tenants.