NuStyle bought the former Wells Fargo Center at 1919 Douglas Street with a plan to create about 210 market-rate apartments. 

The view around 20th and Douglas Streets in downtown Omaha is about to get taller.

Steel should start rising this month on the roof of the former Wells Fargo Bank center at 1919 Douglas St., as an entire new top level is added to the structure now owned by NuStyle Development.

NuStyle bought the former office complex with a plan to create about 210 market-rate apartments. Wells Fargo is leasing back a portion of the street level for a bank branch that will stay at the site.

Less than a block away, at 112 S. 20th St., an unrelated structure also is to get an additional top floor. Currently a two-story garage with rooftop parking, the Anglim property is to be transformed into a three-story modern office building under a plan by the family that owns it.

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At the nearby NuStyle project site, projected to cost $33.6 million, residents will have access to two floors of indoor parking, and the new top seventh floor will have features including a fire pit patio area, community kitchen and game room, said NuStyle’s Greg Rothermel.

The apartments have yet to be named, but will take on a banking and money theme, Rothermel said. That motif will be reflected throughout the property, which will share its fitness room, parking and other amenities with the neighboring Bank apartments also owned and previously converted into residences by NuStyle.

Conversion of the old Wells Fargo Center into market-rate apartments continues NuStyle’s pattern of repurposing old buildings into urban residential living — a trend that included the 2011 renovation of the 11-story former Farm Credit building into the Bank.

NuStyle more recently turned two other old office buildings near 20th and Dodge Streets into rental housing: the former 12-story headquarters of the Northwestern Bell telephone company became the Wire, and the former seven-story Black Hills Energy building became the Slate apartments.

Most units at the Wells Fargo site will contain one bedroom. They are expected to open for occupancy in spring 2020.

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