Another block of buildings along Cuming Street in north downtown Omaha bit the dust last week.
Demolition crews working for Creighton University tore down five buildings on the south side of Cuming Street between 20th and 21st Streets.
The buildings lined the main route to TD Ameritrade Park and the College World Series from Interstate 480. Creighton owned the buildings and owns the land. The buildings were vacant, and at least one was becoming dangerously deteriorated, Creighton spokeswoman Cindy Workman said.
They had stood at 2001 to 2019 Cuming St. and 815 N. 21st St., according to city permit records.
A few days earlier, Creighton tore down 2104 Burt St., the vacant former home of Anderson Electric and Pump Supply. That building had been damaged by fire.
Creighton has no immediate plans to build on the site of the newly demolished structures.
The university has said in the past that it plans to build an $82 million dental clinic at 21st and Cuming Streets to replace its aging, smaller space next to the Creighton University Medical Center. Creighton is seeking $8 million from the Nebraska Legislature to help pay for the building.
The university owns all the land from 19th Street to 21st Street for a block north and south of Cuming Street.
The five buildings that Anderson Excavating crews razed last week had housed mostly industrial businesses, including Modern Equipment Co. Some were among the 16 parcels of land and buildings that Creighton bought from Modern Equipment in 2008. Those parcels were scattered along Burt and Cuming from 16th to 21st Streets.
Creighton and the City of Omaha helped Modern Equipment relocate to a new plant in an industrial park near Eppley Airfield.
The university has redeveloped some of those properties. On others, Creighton has knocked down the buildings and turned the lots to turf to wait for plans to materialize.
Creighton has not used the lots for College World Series parking. The university will follow that pattern with the land beneath the newly demolished buildings.
“They’ll put grass in there until plans are solidified,” Workman said.