Bittersweet Lounge

Omaha Performing Arts plans to tear down the vacant former Bitter Sweet Lounge building, the two-story tan one in the foreground, to expand the adjacent parking lot. It’s at 15th and Howard Streets in downtown Omaha. 

The Omaha Planning Board voted Wednesday to postpone a decision until May on Omaha Performing Arts’ plan to demolish a vacant former strip club it owns and expand Orpheum Theater parking.

The Planning Department staff suggested the postponement to give the arts group time to meet city requirements for the project. Troy Meyerson, an attorney for the group, asked the board to act Wednesday so that construction work can done while the Orpheum is closed from June 26 to Aug. 4. It’s part of preparing for the theater’s biggest season ever, he said, with the musical “Hamilton” coming to town.

But Planning Board Chairman Greg Rosenbaum and Planning Director Dave Fanslau said that approving it with the outstanding concerns would set bad precedent.

Omaha Performing Arts plans to raze the building it owns at 1512 Howard St. The group plans to use the site to add about 10 parking spots to the 40-stall parking lot it owns next door. It’s used for valet parking during Orpheum shows and for OPPD employee parking during the day.

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Chris Burbach covers the Douglas County Board, Planning Board and other local government bodies, as well as local neighborhood issues. Follow him on Twitter @chrisburbach. Phone: 402-444-1057.

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