OMAHA CITY COUNCIL

A proposal to expand the Holland Performing Arts Center onto the site of three century-old buildings officially died with no fanfare Tuesday.

Omaha Performing Arts, which runs the center, surprised Omahans last week with the announcement that it would no longer seek the three buildings in exchange for selling nearby property to HDR Inc.

Tuesday, the Omaha City Council voted unanimously with no discussion to kill an agreement that would have authorized the city to buy the three buildings at a cost of $11 million.

Mayor Jean Stothert had originally asked the council to place the agreement on file, which means it is put it on hold indefinitely.

But City Attorney Paul Kratz told the council Tuesday that the buildings' owners instead asked that the council vote down the measure, so that agreement can't be resurrected later.

Meanwhile, HDR's plan to build a new international headquarters on the nearby site is moving forward. Performing arts group officials said they still intend to sell the land to HDR. And HDR's application for tax-increment financing will come before the council in three weeks.

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