You don't see this every day: Workers hoist pool to downtown apartment's top floor

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Posted: Friday, January 10, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 5:55 pm, Wed Jun 11, 2014.

NuStyle Development has gone to new heights to appeal to the downtown apartment seeker.

Friday, the developer had a 16-by-33-foot swimming pool hoisted to the top level of its latest housing project, the Wire, a high-rise apartment building at 100 S. 19th St.

The fiberglass, hour-glass-shaped pool shipped from Arkansas, and NuStyle's Todd Heistand believes it to be the first full-size pool in a downtown Omaha apartment building.

The indoor pool will be open year-round on the 13th floor, and glass walls around it will fold down during the summer.

Formerly Northwestern Bell offices, the Wire will contain about 300 residences. The 12th level of apartments is to open in June, and the Woodbine, Iowa-based NuStyle will open a floor per month after that, with completion expected in March 2015.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the downtown icon sat vacant for nearly two decades before its $41 million resurrection as the Wire.

Except for a weather-related delay in arriving, the pool lift was smooth sailing, said Heistand. This is NuStyle's 40th conversion of a historic structure.

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