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$14 million rehab planned for former Buick dealership 

At 100 years old, a vacant Omaha building that once was the state’s biggest Buick dealership is about to get a makeover that should help re-charge a static downtown corner in the emerging Flatiron District.

Future guests at 1901 Howard St. will be different than the curious car-hunting crowds of yesteryear, though.

After a proposed $14 million rehabilitation, the property is expected to attract lawyers and courthouse frequenters who would lease pieces of office space on two of the four floors.

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Building Omaha, Part 2

Rose Theater to use former Gordmans building for youth theater academy

The theater's education program has grown nearly 10 times bigger over 10 years, so leaders signed an 11-year-plus lease on the 27,000-square-foot space at 120th Street and West Center Road.

Rose staffers are working on a renovation plan for the West Center Road building, and construction will begin soon. An industry expert said he thinks it will be one of the biggest facilities of its kind in the country.

The plans include classrooms, studios and a 200-seat performance hall.

Omaha Performing Arts buys two pieces of downtown land for possible expansion 

Arts leaders say they haven’t finalized plans for the square block that now holds the group’s parking lot. The site, which was once considered as a possible headquarters for HDR, is bounded by 11th and 12th Streets, Dodge Street and Capitol Avenue.

The Omaha City Council on Tuesday approved selling the local nonprofit two slivers of adjacent city property that total nearly a quarter acre for $830,000. Omaha Performing Arts already owns the rest of the block.

Other news to know:

>> West Farnam stands out downtown with 1,800-square-foot units 

>> Construction starts on Bellevue's Den at Wolf Creek apartments 

>> Canadian company buys former Cabela's distribution center

Building Omaha, Part 3

Capitol District's new Omaha sign will change colors to match events

There's something new and flashy at the downtown Capitol District -- a giant sign, accented with stars, on the east-facing side of the district's apartment building about 12 stories up.

It says Omaha. 

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