It's out with the old — that is, a 1970s-era storage structure at 14th and Howard — and in with a newly constructed bar and restaurant topped with an outdoor deck.
Next door, at 1410 Howard St., a separate brick building erected in 1905 is to be restored and turned into retail and office space.
That's the $4 million plan by developer Eric Wieseler, who envisions the two buildings northwest of 14th and Howard Street functioning by mid-2020 as a single facility.
"This is an opportunity to bring some life back to that intersection, which has been terribly underserved," said Wieseler.
He says he has a restaurant-bar tenant secured, but declined to identify the business at this time.
His proposal calls for a mixed-use facility that includes about 6,650 square feet of restaurant and bar space, 3,114 square feet of retail, 6,284 square feet of office and 4,224 square feet of storage space.
As planned, the one-story 1402 Howard St., which Wieseler describes as nondescript, would be demolished and replaced with the bar-restaurant. Its rooftop deck would have architectural features to blend with the neighboring two-story vintage 1410 building.
The Omaha City Planning Board this week recommended approval of the developer's request for $475,000 in tax-increment financing for the project that is north of the Omaha Police Department's downtown headquarters. The request now goes to the City Council.
Among Wieseler's other projects is a rising apartment structure in Little Italy south of downtown at 10th and Pierce Streets.