What's new: The City Council unanimously approved an “ordinance of necessity” for the city's eventual acquisition of land near 16th and Locust Streets for future industry.
The details: The ordinance is a key legal step before the city either negotiates a purchase of private property or prepares to acquire it through eminent domain.
What we already knew: Mayor Jim Suttle's administration wants the property for a new industrial park for north Omaha. Eminent domain can be used only if negotiations fail, and the legal process to launch that tool can take months.
What's next: Negotiations between the city and the property's owner, Anderson Excavating Co., are ongoing.
— Juan Perez Jr.
Contract OK'd for Gene Leahy Mall renovation
What's new: The City Council approved a $1.8 million contract with All Purpose Construction for an overhaul of downtown's Gene Leahy Mall.
What's next: Crews will soon fence off much of the park to begin draining and dredging the lagoon. Construction is expected to last 6 to 8 months, weather depending.
What we already knew: The company will put in new trails and lighting in addition to work on the lagoon. Other improvements could come during the course of the project.