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by mcarch
Wed Jul 26, 2017 11:28 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: HDR Aksarben Office
Replies: 253
Views: 22381

Re: HDR Aksarben Office

I think what really turned me off the downtown option was the north side of the building and the gigantic parking facility that rose up nearly half of the building. Because that design sucked too. It seems Omaha doesn't know how to hide the parking garages in 1.either the CENTER of the block or hav...
by mcarch
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:19 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Civic Square (former Civic Auditorium)
Replies: 641
Views: 54447

Re: Civic Square (former Civic Auditorium)

Well, we may get that "urban" Hyvee or whatever like everyone wanted. The more I look at the plan, the more I just see a lot of wasted space, but it'll serve its purpose if it actually includes the items they are hoping to include. If they move the state offices there, doesn't that free u...
by mcarch
Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:53 pm
Forum: Suburban Omaha Development
Topic: Elkhorn School Bond $130 Million
Replies: 17
Views: 638

Re: Elkhorn School Bond $130 Million

Question what is the difference between a Class A school and a Class B school? Class A, B, etc. refers mainly to competition activities the school participates in.... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nebraska_School_Activities_Association While the Districts are classified by as I, II, III, IV, V and ...
by mcarch
Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:52 pm
Forum: Suburban Omaha Development
Topic: Elkhorn School Bond $130 Million
Replies: 17
Views: 638

Re: Elkhorn School Bond $130 Million

Why is Elkhorn needing a $130 Million bond issue? I just thought they built a couple of new schools within the past year! They DONT need it! You'll hear we need to keep our schools Class B... which is a waste of Tax Payers money... but then you'll hear "its for the children" which makes e...
by mcarch
Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: Suburban Omaha Development
Topic: Papillion Annexations
Replies: 3
Views: 238

Re: Papillion Annexations

Coyote wrote:After slight 2017 interior annexations, the City of Papillion looks like this:

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Where did you get the image? Site?
by mcarch
Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:47 pm
Forum: Suburban Omaha Development
Topic: Dam Site 15A (168th and Fort)
Replies: 90
Views: 9359

Re: Dam Site 15A (168th and Fort)

I think it should be called: The Lake that should have been built to accommodate larger boats. Also, anyone else notice that when Zorinksy was built, it was built so that houses could get closer to the water, while today it seems that all of our lakes are built with larger park areas surrounding them.
by mcarch
Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:41 pm
Forum: Suburban Omaha Development
Topic: Antler View (W Maple)
Replies: 15
Views: 1405

Re: Antler View (W Maple)

Things are subtly trending to multi family dwellings which can be full sized buildings to town homes. The key is density is trending which is a wonderful thing for cities. Oh, I agree, don't get me wrong! I just think on that stretch of Maple, we don't need more commercial, move the apartments to t...
by mcarch
Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Civic Square (former Civic Auditorium)
Replies: 641
Views: 54447

Re: Civic Square (former Civic Auditorium)

Are they really moving the State Offices there?

Also, they should add back in a performing space since they tore the one in the Civic down. It was constantly being used for Comedic shows.
by mcarch
Tue Jul 25, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: HDR Aksarben Office
Replies: 253
Views: 22381

Re: HDR Aksarben Office

It looks like they took a 1960's design, but to try to make it look different, they took a wedge out of the bottom corner. I'm not impressed. Completely agree with this opinion. Not impressed. Don't take this the wrong way, but what is a good design and what would you expect here, specifically from...
by mcarch
Tue Mar 14, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Suburban Omaha Development
Topic: Andover Pointe Apartments (132 & Chandler Rd)
Replies: 16
Views: 1467

Re: Andover Pointe Apartments (132 & Chandler Rd)

Agreed... 1990's! And don't worry, there won't be sinking problems over time. Why oh why didn't they just build to the wonderful conforming of the land slope? They could have done nice townhomes that have attached garages underneath. No vision - ever.
by mcarch
Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:50 am
Forum: Rumors
Topic: Mutual of Omaha Plans for the Future?
Replies: 45
Views: 4389

Re: Mutual of Omaha Plans for the Future?

Just catching up on this wonderful blog! I am an owner at the Twin Towers Condos. I have heard that some folks have conversed with the real estate crew at MOO--they have no desire to buy the Twin Towers. In any case, as the original poster hinted, you won't be able to get the super majority require...
by mcarch
Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:41 am
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Official: Omaha Streetcar Discussion
Replies: 1849
Views: 147404

Re: Official: Omaha Streetcar Discussion

I really appreciate the discussion on the topic! The long range transportation plan vaguely identifies a Light Rail Transit route along Dodge in 2040. Kind of a cool mention, but that means nothing. Denver's transportation system is the greatest in modern US history and is what every city should st...
by mcarch
Fri Nov 18, 2016 12:13 am
Forum: Suburban Omaha Development
Topic: Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel and Convention Center
Replies: 83
Views: 23988

Re: Ramada Plaza Omaha Hotel and Convention Center

skinzfan23 wrote:Didn't the Ramada just get an extensive reno in the past 3-4 years?


Yes, yes it did! I think the building should be torn down. A new 8-10 story one put up, and half of the land sold, which would help pay for some of the construction costs.
by mcarch
Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:52 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Lot B Development
Replies: 216
Views: 17730

Re: Lot B Development

Lot B in Minneapolis. One side you have the Guthrie Theater and on the other you have the new US Bank Stadium.

See, Put a Parking Garage in the middle of the development and let the buildings rise around it.

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by mcarch
Mon Nov 07, 2016 11:36 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Civic Square (former Civic Auditorium)
Replies: 641
Views: 54447

Re: Tetrad Development (Civic Auditorium)

Here's your view if you sit at the head of Central Park Mall: And this could be your library: http://www.srfconsulting.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Mpls-Library48.jpg Minneapolis OR http://www.brucemaudesign.com/uploads/application/images/seattlelibrary_main_02.jpg Seattle You don't want anything...
by mcarch
Mon Oct 31, 2016 1:59 am
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Lot B Development
Replies: 216
Views: 17730

Re: Lot B Development

Willie Theisen was on Grow Omaha Saturday and he gave very vague details about the project. The only thing new was that, of course, the NCAA, Creighton and others were involved in the planning and that TD Ameritrade and the CLink would have to be very visible. I am believing it will only be three s...
by mcarch
Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:28 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: UNO Campus Update
Replies: 481
Views: 50729

Re: UNO Campus Update

Interesting to see what First Data does with their re-structuring too. The TIF on their buildings recently ended, they were paying about $600K a year on their property taxes for the whole campus, wouldn't be at all shocked if they are trying to lessen that on their books. That is correct. They are ...
by mcarch
Tue Apr 12, 2016 11:20 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: UNO Campus Update
Replies: 481
Views: 50729

Re: Official: Aksarben Village

UNO to acquire new building near Pacific Campus Dear UNO Community, We are excited to announce that our campus will soon have a new addition in the form of a building being acquired by the University of Nebraska Foundation, on our behalf, from First Data Corporation. In an announcement made by Firs...
by mcarch
Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:30 pm
Forum: Projects Never Built
Topic: HDR Proposed Downtown Office
Replies: 500
Views: 32599

Re: HDR

Come on guys, you're killing me. The people spreading this rumor have one post or guest accounts. One reason given was a lack of parking. You honestly think a national architecture and planning firm didn't plan for enough parking at their own headquarters in their own city? Really? They didn't plan...
by mcarch
Mon Feb 01, 2016 5:31 pm
Forum: Projects Never Built
Topic: Downtown HDR Corporate Headquarters
Replies: 982
Views: 67417

Re: New HDR Corporate Headquarters

Angled glass... nice place for freezing rain to accumulate and create ice sickles!. I was told; the angled windows will allow a reflection of the sky and not other buildings, and that it would actually reduce the threat of falling icicles... Thank you for the update. I'm glad they did their researc...
by mcarch
Tue Jan 26, 2016 10:30 pm
Forum: Projects Never Built
Topic: Downtown HDR Corporate Headquarters
Replies: 982
Views: 67417

Re: New HDR Corporate Headquarters

Angled glass... nice place for freezing rain to accumulate and create ice sickles! Anyone remember Z. Fed. Building? Also, 16 floors? HDR will be leasing space as soon as they move into this thing - the same as they did when the built the "Green Building" that is insider talk for the addit...
by mcarch
Sun Jan 24, 2016 2:52 pm
Forum: Suburban Omaha Development
Topic: Leo & Rosemary Daly Acreage (96th & Dodge)
Replies: 75
Views: 7659

Re: Leo & Rosemary Daly Acreage (96th & Dodge)

nebugeater wrote:Of all the things about this place, at least from the photos, the green mushroom carpet takes the trophy.


You mean the guy masturbating riding on the fish didn't? OR the bottom naked man riding a horse?
by mcarch
Mon Dec 14, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Crime in Omaha
Replies: 379
Views: 27400

Re: Crime in Omaha

I wanted to write to let others know. I live out in Elkhorn, in an area by 192nd and Maple - Elkhorn View Estates, and on Saturday night we were robbed. We were asleep in our beds. They accessed the garage by garage code and got into the house. Luckily they must have found that we were home and left...
by mcarch
Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:59 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Downtown parking update?
Replies: 149
Views: 12009

Re: Downtown parking update?

MTO wrote:YIKES! That's egregious. We should chill on parking unless it's incorporated like the Old Market Hyatt's.


100% Totally Agree! I've been saying this for years.
by mcarch
Wed Dec 02, 2015 12:13 pm
Forum: Projects Never Built
Topic: Legacy
Replies: 6
Views: 2409

Re: Legacy

If I remember correctly, I believe all of the retail was on the first floor with office above like Aksarben Village.
by mcarch
Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:17 pm
Forum: Projects Never Built
Topic: Legacy
Replies: 6
Views: 2409

Re: Legacy

Yes, these were the original renderings.
by mcarch
Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:13 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: $1.1 Billion in Infrastructure Investment by 2040
Replies: 84
Views: 7522

Re: $1.1 Billion in Infrastructure Investment by 2040

Is there a link to the report?

Correction: The link is in this thread at the top. That's what I get for viewing the site when I'm falling asleep!
by mcarch
Tue Dec 01, 2015 4:02 pm
Forum: Suburban Omaha Development
Topic: Prairie Queen Recreation Area
Replies: 74
Views: 6142

Re: Prairie Queen Recreation Area

They need to put housing up close to the lake as they did on Zorinsky (sorry for the spelling).
by mcarch
Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:51 pm
Forum: Welcome to Omaha
Topic: Omaha Top 25?
Replies: 37
Views: 7348

Re: Omaha Top 25?

1. Old Market (its stores and food) - a lot of people who come in for business get taken to interesting places by people who live here. Someone took a group of people from First Data to Spaghetti Works... now come on! 2. Zoo 3. Downtown (Pedestrian Bridge, GLM, Heartland Park). 4. Westroads & Vi...
by mcarch
Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:47 pm
Forum: Welcome to Omaha
Topic: Omaha Area Schools
Replies: 192
Views: 21906

Re: Omaha Area Schools

A new OPS High School is great. That is 100 teaching jobs at the high school and 500 new higher paying administrator jobs at OPS headquarters. Time for higher property taxes, it's for the kids. Every bond is "for the children." In Elkhorn they keep the schools class B. So what does that m...
by mcarch
Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:31 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Holland's Greenspace
Replies: 569
Views: 34133

Re: Holland's Greenspace

Park 8 is a classic city run, horribly managed, parking garage. The garage is not open all the time. Only on certain event nights. Then it closes 2 hours after an event. I know people who have had cars stuck in there overnight. They do a horrible job of getting people in quickly. Cars will line up ...
by mcarch
Wed Nov 25, 2015 2:27 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Green Plains Inc - AkSarBen Village
Replies: 91
Views: 8802

Re: Green Plains Inc - AkSarBen Village

So Tetrad isn't going into this building any longer? I think I might have missed something...
by mcarch
Fri Nov 20, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Zag Apartments (51st & Mayberry)
Replies: 75
Views: 8037

Re: 51st & Mayberry

I would have commented on this project before any details were released but was under client confidence. During that time, we weren't told what was going there, just that Bluestone was interested in buying the house behind 3 Happiness.
by mcarch
Tue Nov 17, 2015 2:51 pm
Forum: Rumors
Topic: Future Omaha Skyline
Replies: 23
Views: 2209

Re: Future Omaha Skyline

http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/omaha.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/2/20/220b9942-fc15-53d1-a2ed-6caadc91d4d2/53b22a254de52.image.jpg http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/omaha.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/8/6d/86d86596-4ff7-5756-90b2-6d51b938e0ef/53b22a26c1f9c.i...
by mcarch
Tue Nov 17, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Portland’s reputation: hip, urban ... and unaffordable
Replies: 13
Views: 2560

Re: Portland’s reputation: hip, urban ... and unaffordable

Eventually yes, but not anytime soon (probably 50-100 years). You'll see increases every now and then until the day we don't have any more expansion westward (Elkhorn/Platte River). Sarpy County expansion will also slow things, as no one seems to build in Papillion on the Springfield/Platteview Scho...
by mcarch
Tue Nov 17, 2015 2:30 pm
Forum: Welcome to Omaha
Topic: Pros/Cons of Omaha
Replies: 17
Views: 2803

Re: Pros/Cons of Omaha

I agree with the comments. Omaha is an area with tons to do, you just have to look for it. Its not a place where it lands in your lap. I have lived here all of my life and have heard tons of people state, "there's nothing to do here." But there always is - open a paper or local magazine - ...
by mcarch
Tue Nov 17, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: Welcome to Omaha
Topic: Omaha Area Schools
Replies: 192
Views: 21906

Re: Omaha Area Schools

A new OPS High School is great. That is 100 teaching jobs at the high school and 500 new higher paying administrator jobs at OPS headquarters. Time for higher property taxes, it's for the kids. Every bond is "for the children." In Elkhorn they keep the schools class B. So what does that m...
by mcarch
Sat Nov 14, 2015 5:51 pm
Forum: Photography and Videos
Topic: Central Park Plaza
Replies: 18
Views: 2067

Re: Central Park Plaza

They're not architecturally substantial except the fact that they are large triangular buildings... and there's two of them. I also don't see how they reflect jobbers canyon. I all the brick that is on them "new brick." It doesn't scream reclaimed or old brick. They're big red massive tria...
by mcarch
Fri Nov 13, 2015 4:00 pm
Forum: Photography and Videos
Topic: Central Park Plaza
Replies: 18
Views: 2067

Re: Central Park Plaza

For some odd reason, I've always disliked these buildings. Everyone (except Brad) takes photos of Central Park with these two buildings right smack in the center. Yuck!
by mcarch
Fri Nov 13, 2015 3:51 pm
Forum: Photography and Videos
Topic: One Lapse Aerial of Omaha
Replies: 5
Views: 962

Re: One Lapse Aerial of Omaha

Love it!

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