The swimming pool area is nearly finished and  some units remain under construction, but the Centerline apartment complex on the 72nd Street corridor north of Spring Street is open for business.

Nearly 80 of the 162 units are ready — about 80 percent of those are leased — and other floors will open in phases through November, said Julie Stavneak of J. Development.

A grand opening is to be held in a few weeks at the former 3-acre field where construction launched in late 2017.

Ryan Spellman of J. Development said the most popular have been studios, which are as small as 490 square feet.

Two-bedroom units are as large as 1,100 square feet, and rent at the nearly $24 million apartment project ranges from $840 to $1,400.

The J-shaped property features a view from a fifth-floor clubhouse and workout facility, a dog park and green space for outdoor entertainment arranged for tenants.

Developers believe interest in the units is fueled by the growing Aksarben area. The Centerline is a short walk to Aksarben Village, the College of St. Mary and University of Nebraska at Omaha facilities, including the Baxter Arena and future baseball and softball complexes.

Meanwhile, on the west side of 72nd across from the Centerline, the Platinum Group that bought the old Shark Club and Quality Inn now is trying to sell it.

The group had been devising a plan on what to do at the 4-acre site, but principal Nick Saldi said Platinum is negotiating with a potential buyer. He said he couldn’t elaborate on what might happen there.

Saldi’s group recently redeveloped the nearby former Venice Inn site off 72nd and Pacific Streets. He said the last bay of that $3.1 million Aksarben Pointe commercial strip, anchored by Legends Patio Grill and Bar, has just been leased to Mahalo Poke restaurant.

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Cindy covers housing and commercial real estate for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @cgonzalez_owh. Phone: 402-444-1224.

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