Demolition began five years ago today on Omaha’s 62-year-old Civic Auditorium, which for generations was the scene of political rallies, graduation ceremonies, concerts and sporting events.
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.
An outline for Omaha’s former Civic Auditorium site shows four buildings with apartments, offices, stores and possibly a new downtown public library.
While nothing has been decided, Mayor Jean Stothert said there could be a park or other green space on the land. And she acknowledged that there’s talk about moving the YMCA, the Children’s Museum or a city library to the four-block downtown site.
In February, the Omaha City Council voted to approve a $3.1 million contract with Illinois-based DeNovo Constructors Inc. to demolish the building. But the project stalled in March after the contractor ran into financial problems.
Library officials say a new main library could allow them to do more with technology that wasn’t around when the W. Dale Clark Library was built. Stothert mentioned the site of the shuttered Civic Auditorium — which is slated for redevelopment — as a good spot for a new downtown library.
The university shares power with donors and shields the plans’ details from the public.
The council's concerns came in two areas, including the fact that the proposed contract doesn’t include a provision that DeNovo Constructors Inc., an Illinois company, use subcontractors that are designated as small and emerging businesses.
Lawmakers challenge request for $25 million in additional funding for research park.
Tetrad Property Group is seeking the incentives to offset portions of its development costs for an early childhood development center and for a student apartment building, according to the Omaha Planning Department.
Plans to finance the residence hall with some academic space on the Pacific Street campus shifted after the university realized UNO's auxiliary reserves weren't strong enough to cover the debt.
A developer and the City of Omaha would demolish a former bank and remove the S-curve at 42nd Street.
Olsson Associates held a ribbon-cutting celebration Thursday in its new Lincoln home.
The City of Omaha has picked its partner for redeveloping the Civic Auditorium downtown — Tetrad Property Group, which is developing the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at UNMC.
The two firms are the Opus Group of Minnetonka, Minnesota, and Tetrad Property Group of Lincoln and Omaha. Mayor Jean Stothert has said she hopes to choose a redeveloper in August.