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by Midwestern
Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:28 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Civic Square (former Civic Auditorium)
Replies: 629
Views: 49477

Re: Tetrad Development (Civic Auditorium)

RNcyanide wrote:We're going to be waiting quite a while, barring Kiewit relocating downtown or an outside player.


The current Kiewit tower in midtown would make a really good condo/apartment building.
by Midwestern
Mon Mar 13, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Rumors
Topic: Omaha River Walk
Replies: 28
Views: 1808

Re: Omaha River Walk

Personally I'd rather that city leaders first focus on connecting Heartland of America Park to the Old Market rather than doing this. There is basically a superblock (Landmark building complex) blocking the Old Market from the GLM and that is a problem that is not going away anytime soon. Might as w...
by Midwestern
Fri Mar 10, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: 16th Street Master Plan
Replies: 340
Views: 40115

Re: 16th Street Master Plan

I'm surprised this idea is getting any publicity at all, the real way to give a huge boost to North Downtown would be to bring down the section of 480 that divides north downtown from regular downtown. Also, there's nothing of retail interest on 16th street north of doubletree for 3 whole blocks, so...
by Midwestern
Wed Mar 08, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: 16th Street Master Plan
Replies: 340
Views: 40115

Re: 16th Street Master Plan

I don't know if this is even physically possible but my favorite option would be to keep the western half of the building plus the middle elevator part, but demolish the eastern part that is over 16th street. That way you keep a tall building but also reconnect 16th street. A tunnel I think would mo...
by Midwestern
Tue Feb 28, 2017 5:07 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Official: Omaha Streetcar Discussion
Replies: 1841
Views: 140946

Re: Official: Omaha Streetcar Discussion

A streetcar is the only viable way to get a comprehensive mass transit system going that will actually fulfill all those objectives of getting less cars on the roads and taking up spaces in parking lots. The bus system is not working , and I'd like to see some examples of mid-sized or larger Americ...
by Midwestern
Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Official: Omaha Streetcar Discussion
Replies: 1841
Views: 140946

Re: Official: Omaha Streetcar Discussion

The advantages of buses (being able to change routes as you please because you can run buses on most roads) also have a downside: they don't have the permanent/fixed route that a streetcar would have. So yes, a streetcar is going to spur developments that a bus simply is not going to. The KC Streetc...
by Midwestern
Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:00 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: Official: Omaha Streetcar Discussion
Replies: 1841
Views: 140946

Re: Official: Omaha Streetcar Discussion

The streetcar line has to start somewhere, and the densest areas of the city and also the areas of the city with the highest concentration of employers are the obvious places to start a line. For each person that rides the streetcar to their job downtown/at UNMC/wherever it may be, that is one less ...
by Midwestern
Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Rumors
Topic: Conagra campus development plans
Replies: 39
Views: 3349

Re: Conagra campus development plans

There's definitely no need to tear down any of the ConAgra buildings in the near future, but I think it would make the current buildings way more attractive to potential office tenants if a developer built some mixed-use stuff from just north of Embassy Suites all the way up to 10th & Farnam in ...
by Midwestern
Fri Feb 24, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Urban Grocery Store
Replies: 85
Views: 4525

Re: Urban Grocery Store

If they moved the State Building offices to the new Civic site and opened that site for development, that would probably be the best location for a Hy-Vee with 3-4 floors of apartments on top, just like Des Moines' has. A second good option could be the Library site with many more floors of apartmen...
by Midwestern
Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:41 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Urban Grocery Store
Replies: 85
Views: 4525

Re: Urban Grocery Store

From the Des Moines Register: "Hy-Vee is using this urban downtown store as a pilot that it hopes to replicate in other cities such as Lincoln, Omaha and Kansas City." With the rumors of a streetcar line growing stronger, it would definitely be smart of them to try and locate this as close...
by Midwestern
Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: Projects Never Built
Topic: ConAgra Campus?
Replies: 115
Views: 7309

Re: ConAgra Campus?

How about HDR's headquarters on the section of the ConAgra campus right on 10th & Farnam?
by Midwestern
Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:37 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: W. Dale Clark Library
Replies: 114
Views: 5277

Re: W. Dale Clark Library

This discussion is depressing. Is our downtown so crappy that we have only one signature-worthy angle of it? I've always disliked that angle anyway. Doesn't even highlight or showcase many of the taller buildings. Sure, those towers are a decent bookend to GLM, but we can't do any better than a tria...
by Midwestern
Sat May 28, 2016 8:22 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: W. Dale Clark Library
Replies: 114
Views: 5277

Re: W. Dale Clark Library

If HDR cares about visibility at all, it doesn't get much more visible than this location. They'd be in the center of the most common skyline photo of Omaha. They could put their logo really big on the top of their building. I like the idea of the main library branch moving to the Civic site. While ...
by Midwestern
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:16 am
Forum: Projects Never Built
Topic: HDR Proposed Downtown Office
Replies: 500
Views: 30824

Re: HDR

Too bad they are on such a quick timeline, because 10th & Farnam on the old ConAgra land would be a great location for them. What about the 13th & Howard Chamber of Commerce parking lot? Too small of a lot? Or how about the 10th & Dodge lot that was originally supposed to be part of the ...
by Midwestern
Thu Feb 04, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Projects Never Built
Topic: Downtown HDR Corporate Headquarters
Replies: 982
Views: 63922

Re: New HDR Corporate Headquarters

68102 includes a large amount of land that definitely wouldn't be considered "downtown", and also a fair amount of industrial zoned land.

So saying the density of 68102 is the density of Downtown Omaha is almost meaningless.
by Midwestern
Fri Jan 29, 2016 1:37 pm
Forum: Projects Never Built
Topic: Downtown HDR Corporate Headquarters
Replies: 982
Views: 63922

Re: New HDR Corporate Headquarters

It's an alright design... but I think it's safe to say that this did not come close to living up to the hype this was getting either height-wise or design-wise. So all in all, I'm glad we're getting this building and it will be a good addition, especially since it is replacing a surface lot, but it ...
by Midwestern
Sat Jan 16, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: News and Events
Topic: M's Pub Explosion and Fire
Replies: 262
Views: 14990

Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

I really, really hope it isn't an all glass and metal structure. How would a glass structure fit the theme of the Old Market? If we were talking the borders of the OM, maybe. But not right at the intersection of 11th & Howard. You see that kind of eclecticism all the time in New York, Chicago a...
by Midwestern
Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:45 pm
Forum: News and Events
Topic: M's Pub Explosion and Fire
Replies: 262
Views: 14990

Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

I really, really hope it isn't an all glass and metal structure. How would a glass structure fit the theme of the Old Market? If we were talking the borders of the OM, maybe. But not right at the intersection of 11th & Howard. You see that kind of eclecticism all the time in New York, Chicago a...
by Midwestern
Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:24 pm
Forum: News and Events
Topic: M's Pub Explosion and Fire
Replies: 262
Views: 14990

Re: M's Pub Explosion and Fire

I really, really hope it isn't an all glass and metal structure. How would a glass structure fit the theme of the Old Market? If we were talking the borders of the OM, maybe. But not right at the intersection of 11th & Howard.
by Midwestern
Mon Jan 11, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: Rumors
Topic: Christian Specht Building Rumor!!!
Replies: 32
Views: 2813

Re: Christian Specht Building Rumor!!!

The facade portion does fit in well with the Wilson & Washburn building, but I would much prefer to see it be placed in the middle of a block because having a big blank wall with no windows right up to the street is never ideal in my opinion, especially in a location so close to the Old Market. ...
by Midwestern
Wed Dec 30, 2015 5:14 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Avanti Townhomes 10th and Pierce
Replies: 27
Views: 3065

Re: Avanti Townhomes 10th and Pierce

It will be interesting to see if all this re-development around here takes a Little Italy/Little Bohemia theme, or if it becomes more of a 10th street thing where the development keeps spreading south directly on 10th St.

I'm kinda hoping for the former.
by Midwestern
Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:55 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Avanti Townhomes 10th and Pierce
Replies: 27
Views: 3065

Re: Avanti Townhomes 10th and Pierce

Honestly, for architecture that bland, I would much rather have a rowhouse development that has units in the $175,000-$200,000 range instead of having the cheapest ones be $285,000. But it's good to see this corridor filling in quickly. Why do developers in the Omaha area love to build such bland, ...
by Midwestern
Wed Dec 30, 2015 1:03 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Avanti Townhomes 10th and Pierce
Replies: 27
Views: 3065

Re: Avanti Townhomes 10th and Pierce

Honestly, for architecture that bland, I would much rather have a rowhouse development that has units in the $175,000-$200,000 range instead of having the cheapest ones be $285,000.

But it's good to see this corridor filling in quickly.
by Midwestern
Fri Dec 18, 2015 1:32 am
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Carberry Apartments
Replies: 25
Views: 3661

Re: Carberry Apartments

I think the fact that the first building of this is already mostly leased out is a really good sign that the demand for urban living is still strong, seeing as how this particular set of buildings offers basically zero parking. And yet it is still quickly being filled.
by Midwestern
Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:40 pm
Forum: Business
Topic: ConAgra moving to Chicago
Replies: 378
Views: 19217

Re: ConAgra moving to Chicago

I'm pretty sure this picture shows the building that used to stand where the ConAgra flag promenade is. (The one off to the left) http://landmark.cityofomaha.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/poppblk_69.jpg 10th street should have an urban canyon like feeling, like it used to have, in my opinion.
by Midwestern
Mon Dec 07, 2015 10:59 pm
Forum: Nebraska and Iowa
Topic: Czech Village - Cedar Rapids, IA
Replies: 6
Views: 556

Re: Czech Village - Cedar Rapids, IA

Do you happen to know the price tag for that project?

It does look very nice.
by Midwestern
Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:51 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Leavenworth Rows - an Urban Pocket Neighborhood
Replies: 36
Views: 5144

Re: Leavenworth Rows - an Urban Pocket Neighborhood

Probably a good idea to change the style. The finished ones look terrible in my opinion.
by Midwestern
Fri Nov 27, 2015 8:17 pm
Forum: Photography and Videos
Topic: Old photos
Replies: 164
Views: 17973

Re: Old photos

Some developer please build a replica of the Fontenelle in the old market. That way it won't be demolished for the next hundred years. I'd rather they rebuild the old WOW building in its original location and put the Fontenelle replica next to that. Speaking of the WOW building's original location....
by Midwestern
Tue Nov 24, 2015 1:30 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Official: Capitol District
Replies: 2367
Views: 215782

Re: Official: Shamrock Development (10th and Capitol)

I'm kinda hoping that the city puts this lot up for development and that someone else comes up with something.

This would be a good spot for a building like the one with Plank Seafood restaurant in it.

I wonder if this is too close to the river to make underground parking feasible though?
by Midwestern
Sun Nov 22, 2015 11:44 pm
Forum: Photography and Videos
Topic: Old photos
Replies: 164
Views: 17973

Re: Old photos

It seems like we've lost a much higher percentage of our 10+ story historic buildings than other similar cities. Sure do wish we still had the Medical Arts building, Hotel Fontenelle, and the old WOW tower. If I could choose to bring something back, I'd rather have those three than Jobbers Canyon. B...
by Midwestern
Sun Nov 22, 2015 9:30 pm
Forum: Omaha Metro Area Government
Topic: The Stothert Administration
Replies: 292
Views: 15494

Re: The Stothert Administration

Coyote wrote:WOWT just ran a teaser for their 10:00 news: City ready to give away another Historic Building.
Anyone know which one?


Is it too much to ask for it to be the 4-story state office building?? 8)
by Midwestern
Sat Nov 21, 2015 2:49 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Alvine Building (13th and Cass)
Replies: 149
Views: 12859

Re: 13th and Cass (WST Showroom)

The retail portion might be difficult to make work at first, but hopefully within a decade there will be enough activity around there to have a solid tenant or tenants there. I'd rather see an empty retail bay for several years that then gets filled later on, rather than not having any retail space ...
by Midwestern
Sat Nov 21, 2015 1:22 am
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Alvine Building (13th and Cass)
Replies: 149
Views: 12859

Re: 13th and Cass (WST Showroom)

The Lanoha (the mixed-use one of the two options) proposal has been selected.

Expected completion of Summer 2017.
by Midwestern
Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:56 pm
Forum: Projects Never Built
Topic: Downtown HDR Corporate Headquarters
Replies: 982
Views: 63922

Re: New HDR Corporate Headquarters

Well I guess we can at least be thankful that this full city-block project is way, way better than the Gavilon one. Taller office tower, more square footage, parking on-site, and ground-level retail (and most likely a very good design) vs. 4 stories of just office space. No contest. But seriously th...
by Midwestern
Fri Nov 20, 2015 11:14 pm
Forum: Projects Never Built
Topic: Downtown HDR Corporate Headquarters
Replies: 982
Views: 63922

Re: New HDR Corporate Headquarters

I don't mind the thin tower at all whatsoever, the only thing I question is why they need an entire city block then?

Why does everyone in Omaha's CBD need entire city blocks?
by Midwestern
Mon Nov 16, 2015 12:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Portland’s reputation: hip, urban ... and unaffordable
Replies: 13
Views: 2544

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

Omaha, Nebraska is similar to Portland, Oregon in almost zero ways. So, no, this is not the same situation. Did they really write an article about how people with only a part-time job or an artistic job are no longer able to afford living in the core of a coastal metropolitan area of 2.5 million peo...
by Midwestern
Sun Nov 15, 2015 11:50 pm
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Official: North Downtown Discussion
Replies: 1369
Views: 153362

Re: Official: North Downtown Discussion

Because of the renovations, the hotel probably has a good 15-20 years of use left, but after that my favorite plan would be to keep the western 2/3rd of the building and convert that to apartments or condos, and only tear down the part of the building that blocks 16th street. I wish they hadn't done...
by Midwestern
Fri Nov 13, 2015 5:35 pm
Forum: Photography and Videos
Topic: Central Park Plaza
Replies: 18
Views: 1944

Re: Central Park Plaza

I'm not a fan of the 2-story parking garage part that fronts 16th street but other than that I love these buildings.
by Midwestern
Fri Nov 13, 2015 4:15 pm
Forum: Elsewhere
Topic: Kansas City Streetcar
Replies: 99
Views: 7061

Re: Kansas City Streetcar

A streetcar along Dodge would be a million times preferable to one down 10th or 13th, in my opinion. Actually, I probably wouldn't even support one down 10th/13th street. But a line that loops around CenturyLink and TDPark, then runs down Dodge or Farnam would be pretty comparable to how KC designed...
by Midwestern
Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:46 am
Forum: Urban Omaha Development
Topic: Logan Building to go Apartments (18th and Dodge)
Replies: 76
Views: 12973

Re: Logan Building to go Apartments (18th and Dodge)

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