A proposed indoor-outdoor club and amphitheater for La Vista is poised to take a step forward.
The City Council on Tuesday will consider offering infrastructure support for the music venue, which would be part of the $235 million City Centre and Civic Park redevelopment under construction on 84th Street.
The roughly $3.2 million in public improvements, for the most part, are needed for the area’s park even without the venue, said La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig and City Administrator Brenda Gunn.
Should the project move forward, Omaha-based 1% Productions and Kansas-based Mammoth Inc., along with Omaha developer City Ventures, would build, own and operate the entire venue as a result of negotiations with the city. Originally, the firms had proposed to own and operate the club and have the city handle the amphitheater portion. More details will be available this week.
Meanwhile, the long-awaited redevelopment between Park View Boulevard and Giles Road is starting to take shape.
A First National Bank branch opened its doors in a new building last week. It’s the City Centre’s first tenant and one of four businesses that are already in the redevelopment area and are sticking around. Rocket Car Wash and McDonald’s were both remodeled, and Chili’s will move to a new building within the development.
The 30-acre private portion of the redevelopment is “progressing nicely,” said Chris Erickson, a developer with City Ventures. Construction is on schedule and on budget, he said Friday. The names of new tenants will be announced soon, he said.
“We certainly have exciting things in the works,” he said.
City Centre plans call for restaurants, apartments, bars, offices and retail — all overlooking a sprawling park and lake replacing the La Vista Falls Golf Course. New businesses should begin opening along the City Centre’s Main Street as early as next spring, Erickson said.
“The world of retail is certainly changing, nationally and in Omaha, but we have been experiencing strong interest because of how underserved Sarpy County is for the type of experience we’re creating,” Erickson said.
Today, a large building is visible going up on the north end of the project. When completed, the building will feature apartments and commercial space. Another multi-use building with residential space lofted over commercial will go up in the future, he said.
The City Centre is joined by two other major improvement efforts underway along the 84th Street corridor here.
La Vista’s transformation of the old golf course into a park is nearing its second phase — officials just took bids on the second phase of work, which includes part of the park’s trails as well as infrastructure improvements, like temporary lighting.
La Vista leaders also want to give 84th Street itself a makeover. They recently completed design work for the Corridor 84 Streetscape Project, which seeks to add archways, pedestrian bridges, an underpass, wider sidewalks, more lighting and more trees along the highway.
As part of that streetscape effort, the city recently went to the State Department of Transportation with a request for local control of 84th Street, a state highway. That request is still under consideration at the state level. The state has said it can’t relinquish just a portion of a highway — it would have to relinquish the whole thing. The highway also goes through Omaha, Ralston and Papillion.
La Vista will move forward with the streetscape plan with or without the relinquishment, city leaders said.