Blackstone 2.0: This multi-element GreenSlate Development and Clarity Development Co. project is poised to bring about 16,000 square feet of new commercial retail space and 49 new or renovated apartments to a half-dozen spots on or just off the Farnam Street corridor near 39th Street. That’s an infusion of about $7.4 million, with a completion date of 2016.
New apartments: Also in the Blackstone district, developers GreenSlate and Clarity are behind construction of two other apartment buildings that will bring a combined 90 residences and some commercial space to a former gas station site at 3824 Farnam St. and a former house site at 401 S. 41st St. That $14 million pair of complexes is expected to be done this spring.
Colonial Hotel: The iconic Colonial Hotel is proposed to be transformed from a boarding house to 40 upscale apartments at 38th and Farnam Streets. If all approvals are met, completion of the $8.2 million historic renovation project will happen in 2017.
Bank: A Dundee Bank branch will open in mid-2016 at 302 S. 38th St. in a rehabilitated building that was the longtime home of McFoster’s Natural Kind Cafe.
Highline Apartments: A total of 114 new apartments, two commercial bays and an outdoor swimming pool will be added to the current structure. The $16.7 million addition at 2100 Douglas St. will be southeast of its taller Highline counterpart. Completion is scheduled for this spring by NuStyle Development.
The Even: At 24th and Farnam Streets, this is a 132-suite hotel that stands out mostly because of its obsession with wellness. The $17.8 million, 105,000-square-foot project is expected to open in April and is being developed by Dr. Deepak Gangahar and business partner Kirti Trivedi.
Farnam 25: Renovation of the former 7,000-square-foot Smoke Pit BBQ building will house at least three new businesses and a new restaurant or brewery. The building will have 1,200- to 1,500-square-foot retail storefronts, and the restaurant space will be about 3,700 square feet. Partners in the project are Adam Watson, Steve Elken and Michael Opatowski of Denver. Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture and Carlson Kennedy Construction are working on the project.
Aksarben area: Construction is expected this year on a 237-unit housing complex south of 64th and Center Streets near the Baxter Arena. Broadmoor Development is behind the four-story apartment structure with an outdoor swimming pool and attached garage. North of Center Street, in Aksarben Village, developers led by CFM Realty Advisors plan to build the Hilton Garden Inn Aksarben. The five-story $18.6 million hotel project would have 124 rooms, plus conference and meeting space and about 3,000 square feet of retail.
Infill projects: Assorted developers are in various stages of filling urban spaces with new or renovated housing. Among them is Uptown Urban Dwellings, which has started one of the area’s largest waves of new for-sale housing in recent memory. The $26 million project calls for 99 row houses on a dozen different sites throughout Leavenworth and Park Avenue neighborhoods. Mutual of Omaha’s real estate arm, meanwhile, continues its plan to acquire and clear property east of Midtown Crossing, in the hope of making it attractive for a developer or a business.
Crossroads: This year may be the first that Omahans see real progress on the planned Crossroads Village, to be built at the existing Crossroads Mall site at 72nd and Dodge Streets. Demolition is expected to begin this spring, with a planned opening before the holiday shopping season in 2017. In store for the project: About 410,000 square feet of retail space; a 125-room boutique hotel; a 10-screen cinema; about 150,000 square feet of office space; and up to 200 apartments. Developers also have plans for “Collegiate Park,” a four-acre urban green space that will pay tribute to the state’s collegiate athletes. Infrastructure on the site will include new utilities, including a 10-gigabyte fiber-optic and Wi-Fi network.
49th and Dodge Streets: Omaha-based Sage Capital has bought the property to build a multilevel apartment building. It will be four stories, with apartments on the top three levels, and retail and covered parking on the ground floor. The proposed construction project would be at least an $8 million investment with 3,000 square feet of retail space.
Theater: The Dundee Theater has been purchased by Susie Buffett’s Sherwood Foundation. It is to reopen as a theater – a date has not been identified publicly – after having been closed since May 2013.
60th Street and Northwest Radial: City Ventures LLC is building a $12- to $15-million, 99-unit apartment building.
The Capitol District: This project, which is to span Capitol Avenue to the Interstate, 10th to 12th Streets, includes a 333-room Marriott hotel, a 12-story apartment building, office and retail space and a parking structure that totals nearly 1 million square feet. The project is to be done in 2017.
HDR Campus: The HDR global engineering and architectural headquarters is to be finished by January 2019 in the area between Dodge Street and Capitol Avenue, from 11th to 12th Streets. The structure is to contain about 300,000 square feet, and an office tower would rise at least 16 stories and be connected to an approximately seven-story parking garage.
Holland Center for the Performing Arts: Construction could begin in mid-2017 on “mixed-use” space, which would include parking, event space and possible arts-programming space.
The Breakers: An old electricity plant is being reborn at Fourth and Leavenworth Streets as a 214-apartment complex along the Missouri riverfront. The nearly $40 million project on an 11.5-acre site is to be done in 2017.
Future Forward LLC: A Peter Kiewit Foundation-led group has assembled nearly 20 parcels over 25 acres containing 175,000 square feet of buildings. They are clustered around the Mastercraft Building, generally in an area a few blocks north of Cuming, south of Grace and between 16th and what would be 10th Street. Investment is about $7 million. The aim is to make leases affordable to a creative class of entrepreneurs, artisans and techies.
Nichols Flats: A $9.2 million, five-story apartment and retail building at 16th and Nicholas Streets. Developed by Dr. Deepak Gangahar and business partner Kirti Trivedi.
The Yard: A two-block tract bounded by 14th, 15th, Cuming and Mike Fahey Streets is to be transformed into a $50 million campus featuring a hotel, apartments, shops and a Kiewit international training facility that will span nearly 63,000 square feet. The site is being redeveloped by NewStreet Properties and Noddle Cos.
12 & Cass: Lanoha Development is expected to begin a four-story mixed-use complex offering retail and office bays at 12th and Cass Streets, angled with a view toward the nearby TD Ameritrade Park. Estimated completion is in 2017.
Tenth Street Market: The site of the former Omaha Postal Annex on Pierce between 10th and 11th Streets will include housing, retail and corporate projects. The developer is Vic Gutman & Associates. Completion is scheduled for 2017.
10th Street Corridor: A variety of housing, retail and corporate projects. Also, a 19-unit town house project to be constructed near 10th and Pierce Streets by the development arm of P.J. Morgan Real Estate Co.
Rail and Commerce Building: A $25 million renovation project to transform the mail terminal at 950 S. 10th St. into businesses, retail space and the future headquarters of Boyd Jones Construction. Completion is scheduled for late this year.
13th Street Development: Developer P.J. Morgan Investments has purchased the former 492-seat movie hall, the Maryland Theatre, in the neighborhood along 13th Street and is seeking to revive the area as a trendy retail, office and entertainment venue. Clarity Development of Omaha has purchased properties on William Street, including homes, lots and a 127-year-old building between 12th and 14th Streets. Clarity also is building the 36-unit South Hill Rowhouses on 10th Street just north of William.
River’s Edge: The 25-acre River’s Edge redevelopment project led by Noddle Cos. is transforming the old Playland Park. The project is to include retailers, entertainment spots, bike and walking paths, and about 350 residences. Council Bluffs also will expand its River’s Edge Park with a pavilion, water playground and small event space at the Iowa landing of the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge. The City of Council Bluffs and Iowa West Foundation will split the cost of the park expansion project, estimated at up to $7 million. Construction could begin by spring and be completed in summer 2017.
The Olde Towne Vision Plan: This project, under the direction of Bellevue Planning Director Chris Shewchuk, aims to redevelop Mission Avenue. The plan incorporates row houses, town homes and attached single-family homes mingled with commercial and retail buildings north and south of Mission Avenue from 22nd Avenue in the north to 23rd Avenue in the south, and from Washington Street to the west and Franklin Street to the east.
Flood-control reservoir and 220-acre recreational lake: The project will extend northwest from 168th and Fort Streets to just south of State Street. It will have a boat ramp, a hiking and biking trail, and picnic areas. It will open late this year under the management of the City of Omaha.
Antler View: The 245-acre project that stretches from 180th to 192nd Streets along West Maple Road will be a combination of apartments plus a commercial area. It is being developed by Rob Luellen, Paul Brown and Scott Brown, all of Quantum Real Estate, in partnership with Michael Vann and Tom Vann of Vann Realty Co. Antler View is expected to be a $150 million project.
West Grayhawk: This 16-acre commercial area southwest of 147th Street and West Maple Road is under construction. Coming this year to the Lockwood Development site are tenants including a Gordmans store and Fresh Thyme Farmers Market.
Lumberyard District: Lanoha Development is transforming a six-block swath along 135th Street between Millard Avenue and Q Street. Coming are a new Omaha police precinct, 346 market-rate apartments and a 35,000-square-foot office and retail building.