72nd Street corridor gaining 2 hotels: in Ralston and near Aksarben Village

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Posted: Friday, May 24, 2013 12:00 am

Two new hotels are to come to the 72nd Street corridor — one in Ralston and the other west of Aksarben Village.

Each would have related retail space nearby, and be close to a sports arena.

Together, they'd add about 200 lodging rooms to the Omaha area.

The 106-room Hampton Inn near Aksarben is part of a larger redevelopment plan that spans about eight acres bounded by 72nd, 70th and Pine Streets and Poppleton Avenue.

Currently that area is vacant, but City Planning documents say a three-story assisted living facility would be built on the site along with the four-story Hampton Inn and about 10,000 square feet of commercial retail or restaurant space.

The retail area would rise south of the Shoppes at Aksarben, and the hotel would be south of that, said Darren Hicks of Access Commercial, one of the developers involved. He said the hotel would be completed by the summer of 2014.

Plans for the nearby area of 67th Street and West Center Road call for a $76 million University of Nebraska at Omaha sports arena by the fall of 2015.

In Ralston, a proposed 87-room Holiday Inn Express with parking would be located south of the Ralston Arena, said John Mountjoy of CFM Realty.

Mountjoy said his firm's plan, which is subject to final city approval, includes a 6,000-square-foot retail and restaurant space adjacent to the hotel. He said the $8 million hotel is expected to open in May 2014.

Separately, The Dugout is about to open retail space inside the Ralston arena, said Walt Peffer, a City of Ralston consultant.

The 4,900-square-foot American Legion Ralston Post 373 building at 74th and Q Streets would not be affected by the CFM plan, said Mountjoy.

Discussions remain under way, said Peffer, as to the fate of the legion hall, which blocks further development. Earlier options had included relocation.

An earlier plan had called for a Hampton Inn near the Ralston Arena. But Peffer said the developer of the Hampton now poised to rise near Aksarben finished the required branding paperwork before CFM. Peffer said Ralston officials are pleased with the Holiday Inn Express alternative, and they believe any hotel would be successful at the Ralston site.

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402-444-1224, cindy.gonzalez@owh.com

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