Four more tenants are joining an increasingly diverse collection of companies housed at the historic Omar Bakery Building in midtown Omaha.
The latest to lease space at the building near Saddle Creek Road and Cuming Street: I AM Dance, Metro Construction, Stream Light Productions and Project Interfaith.
Ray Trimble, owner of the 85-year-old renovated bakery building, said nearly 65 percent of its 80,000 square feet are now leased. If ongoing negotiations are successful with another company, that occupancy rate would grow to nearly 85 percent. That's faster than what had been anticipated for the property whose multiyear renovation was completed this year.
Tenants already settled in the space that sprawls two city blocks long include a fitness center, photography and arts studios, a granite business, lawyers, community and workforce agencies and PropertyBanc Commercial Real Estate.
Gennean Scott, owner of I AM Dance (Interdisciplinary Arts Movement), is among businesses whose move to the Omar building represented their first “brick and mortar” home.
Prior to this month, Scott said, she was contracting out dance instruction services. Now the business has five instructors. Scott was attracted to the beauty of the old bakery, including exposed brick and beams. It's also near where she was raised, and is an area undergoing a revitalization.
“You can tell it's developing,” Scott said of the area. “That was attractive to me, we're helping to grow that community.”