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by Seth
Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:20 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: 3802 Leavenworth (Down Under Lounge)
Replies: 35
Views: 4319

Re: 3802 Leavenworth (Down Under Lounge)

Looks like another good fit for the area. Hopefully it's good architecture on this one.
by Seth
Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:12 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: 34th and Harney Apartments
Replies: 53
Views: 6969

Re: 34th and Harney Apartments

While this isn't too-notch architecture, I'm generally pleased with how this turned out. The facade could be better, but they did an exceptional job hiding the parking underneath, which I give them major credit for, when so many still throw up a surface lot that breaks up the whole pedestrian street...
by Seth
Mon Nov 21, 2016 10:07 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Gifford Park Redevelopment
Replies: 20
Views: 2950

Re: Gifford Park Redevelopment

Good to see this moving forward and at least making an attempt to blend into the neighborhood. The closer I look at these attempts at a historic style, the worse they look, though. If they get the proportions right, the details like soffits, trim, etc still stick out. Some of the more recent ones se...
by Seth
Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:37 am
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Home2 by Hilton (Saddlecreek & Dodge)
Replies: 138
Views: 13759

Re: Home2 by Hilton (Saddlecreek & Dodge)

I'm excited to see this project moving along. It's really going to continue to improve this stretch of Saddle Creek.
by Seth
Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:36 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Skye Flats (Dundee)
Replies: 85
Views: 12613

Re: Grandpa's C Mart - Dundee

I think it looks really nice, and a couple more buildings in the open lots will really tie it in. It actually looks more to me like the downtown buildings left standing after adjacent buildings have been demolished, rather than too big for the space. More like it's asking for some companions ;-)
by Seth
Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:31 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: 34th and Harney Apartments
Replies: 53
Views: 6969

Re: 34th and Harney Apartments

I've grabbed a few cell-phone snapshots as I rolled by on recent commutes, but this is a far better photo!

I really like how this building has turned out. I think it fits the neighborhood pretty well.
by Seth
Sat Apr 16, 2016 2:52 pm
Forum: Projects Never Built
Topic: HDR Proposed Downtown Office
Replies: 500
Views: 34665

Re: HDR

Since a significant reason why they chose the downtown location was image, I just can't see them completely abandoning that for a West Dodge suburban campus. AK seems like a pretty good compromise between at least a perceived closer commute from West O, but still carry some of the new urban image th...
by Seth
Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:41 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Rows on South Hill (Johnston & Son Funeral Home)
Replies: 183
Views: 14436

Re: Rows on South Hill (Johnston & Son Funeral Home)

Not to contribute to derailing this discussion, but I'm also a big fan of back-in angle parking. Backing in to perpendicular parking is safer too, and unless I need to load or unload bulky stuff from the trunk, I generally back into typical surface-lot spaces too. It's a simple matter of doing the v...
by Seth
Thu Apr 07, 2016 5:38 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Midtown Triangle Apartments
Replies: 141
Views: 14781

Re: Midtown Triangle Apartments

Yeah, they've really been working on this the last couple weeks. I haven't looked closely, but I'd guess they're installing augercast piles. That's a sign of a pretty large structure, since a smaller one would use cheaper shallow foundations.
by Seth
Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Omaha World Herald
Replies: 331
Views: 34965

Re: The Omaha World Herald

Here's another article in the OWH about development in the city: Omaha metro area’s 55 projects 
in 2015 earn national magazine's top ranking http://www.omaha.com/money/omaha-metro-area-s-projects-in-earn-national-magazine-s/article_7e92f828-94ab-53c5-83ee-beb95a9c81f7.html One of the reasons I love...
by Seth
Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Brutalist Architecture in Omaha
Replies: 5
Views: 855

Brutalist Architecture in Omaha

Apologies if this has already been posted, or should be in a different topic (feel free to move), but I thought this was an interesting article in the Reader about Brutalist architecture in Omaha. My first love may be Victorian and pre-war 20th-century architecture, but I also see the value in prese...
by Seth
Wed Mar 02, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Park Ave Living
Replies: 105
Views: 13285

Re: Park Ave Living

Since I pass by it every day, I figured I'd post a couple recent photos of the new buildings going up on at 30th and Pacific. These are going to look great along 30th street. My only gripe with the site layout is the big open stretch on Pacific street. Most of the surrounding buildings front Pacific...
by Seth
Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Park Ave Living
Replies: 105
Views: 13285

Re: Park Ave Living

My guess is that they're doing a more intensive exterior rehab and stripping paint (which most likely contains lead). The current brown color scheme is far from correct for this architectural style, but it's a heck of a lot better than that previous picture! Yuck! The cheap white vinyl windows still...
by Seth
Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Even Hotel (Omaha Hotel - 24th and Farnam)
Replies: 174
Views: 20696

Re: Even Hotel (Omaha Hotel - 24th and Farnam)

It is testimony to how well downtown development has been going that we have a 5 story urban hotel with integrated parking and a 4 story apartment building with ground level retail (Highline 2.0) under construction a block from each other this far from the Old Market or Midtown and it gets very lit...
by Seth
Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:24 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Bucky's (formerly Perkins) at 72nd and Grover
Replies: 37
Views: 3986

Re: Bucky's (formerly Perkins) at 72nd and Grover

Interesting. Maybe I just haven't looked closely enough, but I thought all Bucky's were BPs.

Does it really matter anymore these days?
by Seth
Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Missouri River Commons (Riverfront Development)
Replies: 643
Views: 58483

Re: Riverfront Development (Rick's & Storz area)

I agree. There are enough existing frameworks for development authority, that I don't see the need for an entirely new one just because it's a "riverfront". It's makes more sense for it to fit in with a larger-scale plan for the adjacent downtown and north downtown area anyway.
by Seth
Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:18 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Holland's Greenspace
Replies: 569
Views: 36051

Re: Holland's Greenspace

GetUrban wrote:They'll have 20,972 sf less site area to add to the 153,359 sf they already have, but they can add floors vertically, so it could be a wash.


Yes, exactly. Why they needed an entire city block to build a low-rise structure on in the middle of downtown is puzzling to me.
by Seth
Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:09 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Official: Gene Leahy Mall
Replies: 728
Views: 67744

Re: Official: Gene Leahy Mall

That is an awesome photo, Brad!
by Seth
Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Missouri River Commons (Riverfront Development)
Replies: 643
Views: 58483

Re: Riverfront Development (Rick's & Storz area)

Hopefully the new plans for the area make better use of valuable space much more worthy than a suburban restaurant building and giant open plains of concrete.
by Seth
Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:50 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Holland's Greenspace
Replies: 569
Views: 36051

Re: Holland's Greenspace

Wow, that was unexpected! Great to see some common sense prevail, although it's a little troubling that the city would offer up $10 million beforehand. I wonder what the future for this block will be now? Will OPA build parking on the greenspace they do own, or maybe do the sensible thing and arrang...
by Seth
Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge (Part Two)
Replies: 187
Views: 21748

Re: Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge (Part Two)

Haha, that's the only time I think I've seen the height specified for a dummy in an architectural rendering!
by Seth
Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:45 pm
Forum: News and Events
Topic: M's Pub Explosion and Fire
Replies: 275
Views: 19962

Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

I think people are exaggerating the historic nature of the awning. It's really pretty simple construction, and could be easily and cheaply replicated with currently-available materials. Those awnings in OM were cheaply built without much, if any, architectural consideration at the time. They're pret...
by Seth
Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:38 pm
Forum: Rumors
Topic: NFM
Replies: 30
Views: 4431

Re: NFM

I kind of like the convoluted assembly of the buildings they currently have. It feels like the suburban equivalent of an old downtown store that's slowly grown into adjoining storefronts over time, resulting in things being kind of disjointed and complicated. I guess you could call it charm. That be...
by Seth
Wed Feb 10, 2016 1:18 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: 34th and Harney Apartments
Replies: 53
Views: 6969

Re: 34th and Harney Apartments

Yeah, they're steadily plugging away at this one. I'm interested to see what they build on the two lots that face Dewey. I think rowhouse-style units would be great there.
by Seth
Tue Feb 09, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: Suburban Omaha Development
Topic: Oak View Mall - Redevelopment Plan
Replies: 148
Views: 12033

Re: Oak View Mall - Redevelopment Plan

And, I have no idea what the state of the building is in terms of electrical, sound systems, plumbing, etc. Those could be other costs as well. As of recently, it appears they've been having serious plumbing issues. Just this year, one of the bathrooms' 15-foot sinks was not draining and there was ...
by Seth
Tue Feb 09, 2016 2:30 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Holland's Greenspace
Replies: 569
Views: 36051

Re: Holland's Greenspace

Oh boy. Can't we stick to legitimate reasons?
by Seth
Tue Feb 09, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Zag Apartments (51st & Mayberry)
Replies: 77
Views: 9147

Re: 51st & Mayberry

Some interesting things in here. http://aepna.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/15126__Bluestone-51st-and-Mayberry_Planning-Board-Presentation_2016-02-03.pdf That's a pretty good presentation. The only part of this project that doesn't make much sense is that it doesn't front Leavenworth with first-fl...
by Seth
Mon Feb 08, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Leavenworth Rows - an Urban Pocket Neighborhood
Replies: 36
Views: 5859

Re: Leavenworth Rows - an Urban Pocket Neighborhood

Yeah, it seems highly unlikely that a speculator would buy units like these in this location for this price. It would be easy enough to build a similar unit yourself nearby. I believe one of the houses that UV rehabbed on Marcy sold in the past year or so for about $250k, so perhaps that's set a pre...
by Seth
Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:19 pm
Forum: Welcome to Omaha
Topic: Gutter Recommendations?
Replies: 11
Views: 1379

Re: Gutter Recommendations?

My brother-in-law in Illinois has a house with the mesh screen gutter guards. They're relatively old, but in my mind, not worth the cost or effort. They're clogged up with fine bits of organic matter, and just cause the leaves and maple seeds to pile up on top. (I'll also never plant a silver maple ...
by Seth
Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:54 pm
Forum: Welcome to Omaha
Topic: Dog Friendly Apartments/Condos
Replies: 10
Views: 729

Re: Dog Friendly Apartments/Condos

Thanks for the help! It's funny you commented that Seth. I set up an appointment with Urban Village to look at one of their places yesterday. I currently live downtown and love it. Seems like the Midtown location is best if you have a dog/want a dog but still want to be close to the action. Yup, Mi...
by Seth
Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:40 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Avanti Townhomes 10th and Pierce
Replies: 27
Views: 3595

Re: Avanti Townhomes 10th and Pierce

This seems like a perfect fit for this lot. I too am a little surprised at the prices, but if the market will bear it, it signals a strong demand for redevelopment here.
by Seth
Thu Feb 04, 2016 1:36 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Leavenworth Rows - an Urban Pocket Neighborhood
Replies: 36
Views: 5859

Re: Leavenworth Rows - an Urban Pocket Neighborhood

Sold sign already on the northern-most home for the 3036 Marcy townhome. They're not quite done working on the interior, from what I can tell. The "columns" are finally up on the second story The two outside units of that three-plex have sold. Good start for the neighborhood. Assuming the...
by Seth
Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:52 pm
Forum: Welcome to Omaha
Topic: Dog Friendly Apartments/Condos
Replies: 10
Views: 729

Re: Dog Friendly Apartments/Condos

We lived in an Urban Village apartment at 31st and Jackson when my wife and I first moved to town. They had a good dog policy, and were the best landlords I had during my renting years. They've got quite a few buildings around the Midtown area, some pretty close to public parks. There is a large dog...
by Seth
Wed Feb 03, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Projects Never Built
Topic: Downtown HDR Corporate Headquarters
Replies: 982
Views: 70813

Re: New HDR Corporate Headquarters

Isn't that the Brady Bunch house?? Yeah. That was the running joke in "The Brady Bunch Movie" back in the 90s. In the original show it was made clear that Mike Brady, an architect by trade, designed the house that the newly-mixed family lived in. Of course, the house had like eleventy-fou...
by Seth
Mon Feb 01, 2016 2:20 pm
Forum: News and Events
Topic: Omaha Local News Channels
Replies: 870
Views: 110392

Re: Omaha Local News Channels

Wow, Hyvee, that's a pretty lame stunt.
by Seth
Fri Jan 29, 2016 6:31 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Holland's Greenspace
Replies: 569
Views: 36051

Re: Holland's Greenspace

Very sage advice, Novak. We could use more of that on the site.
by Seth
Fri Jan 29, 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Farnam St Development
Replies: 10
Views: 923

Re: Farnam St Development

I don't know that this is the most relevant thread to post it in, but I recently ran across what I thought was a good example of modern development that fits well into a historic, dense neighborhood. It's in Chicago, but it does a good job of matching the spirit and design of old brick buildings, bu...
by Seth
Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:38 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Highline 2.0
Replies: 184
Views: 18732

Re: Highline 2.0

A nicely designed building surrounding a courtyard is great for the public ROW. It gives the residents something to watch and can provide some liveliness for the streetscape. This was the right way to go here. The south facing aspect is useful as well. Yeah, it's actually a lot like some buildings ...
by Seth
Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Projects Never Built
Topic: Downtown HDR Corporate Headquarters
Replies: 982
Views: 70813

Re: New HDR Corporate Headquarters

GetUrban wrote:That reminds of the squatty image the City of Omaha uses on the official web page. So embarrassing. :banghead:
http://www.cityofomaha.org/
I've complained to the mayor several times to no avail. :cry:


Haha, that is terrible! First National looks like a tater-tot!
by Seth
Tue Jan 26, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Projects Never Built
Topic: Downtown HDR Corporate Headquarters
Replies: 982
Views: 70813

Re: New HDR Corporate Headquarters

[quote="Athomsfere"1) Omaha has mid rises for miles. Most cities don't. (at this size). Omaha could have a couple more 500+ ft buildings but all the infill would probably be dead, no MTC, Aksarben, TDA, West Dodge...[/quote] I agree. Skylines may be sexy, but a dense, solid core from Saddl...

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