Plans for the disposal of the Omaha Civic Auditorium could begin to take shape in the coming weeks.
Officials will begin to assess how much it could cost to demolish the facility, get an appraisal of the site's value and assess any pollutants in the area, Mayor Jim Suttle and a spokeswoman said Friday.
“We're doing all the elementary work so we can put a plan together to roll out to the public and the City Council,” Suttle said.
An outline of costs and available options to the city could come in the next two to three weeks, spokeswoman Aida Amoura said.
Earlier this month, officials announced that the Civic was expected to shut down in summer 2014.
The Civic has struggled to keep up with the rise of the CenturyLink Center Omaha and Council Bluffs' Mid-America Center. The auditorium's physical condition has suffered, its finances have fallen into the red, and it has lost key tenants to the new Ralston Arena.
The city would like to find a developer interested in razing the building and redeveloping the property.
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