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

Postby Bosco55David » Mon Oct 26, 2015 9:43 am

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PotatoeEatsFish wrote:Tear down Storz and put the boats from that one park there.

Considering the statues on the west side of that street, that might work if you could correctly engineer the support structures given the cap over the contaminated soil.


Yes, and it definitely needs to be well secured, or |expletive| like this happens;

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

Postby iamjacobm » Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:57 pm

GetUrban wrote:Image


This isn't riverfront related but when did they tear down that tower that looks to be roughly 19th and Cuming?

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Postby U R my Helix » Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:50 pm

Do you mean Burt Towers? https://youtu.be/thhnRGddacg here is a video of it going down.

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Postby skinzfan23 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:49 am

Thanks for posting guys. I was wondering the same thing. I realized that wasn't there anymore either. I am surprised that we don't have any high rises like that or the Elmwood tower being constructed now.

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

Postby nativeomahan » Wed Oct 28, 2015 6:14 pm

Why was it torn down?

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Postby vvindows10 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 6:42 pm

LOL! :lol: Lets clear up what looks to be drifting. The older photo shows the tower, The boatyard was NOT torn down. The towers were demolished sometime in 2003 If I recall correctly and is now the Creighton soccer field. Torn down because it was old and worn out.

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Postby Linkin5 » Wed Oct 28, 2015 7:33 pm

vvindows10 wrote:LOL! :lol: Lets clear up what looks to be drifting. The older photo shows the tower, The boatyard was NOT torn down. The towers were demolished sometime in 2003 If I recall correctly and is now the Creighton soccer field. Torn down because it was old and worn out.


Who said the boatyard was torn down?

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

Postby skinzfan23 » Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:20 pm

iamjacobm wrote:
GetUrban wrote:Image


This isn't riverfront related but when did they tear down that tower that looks to be roughly 19th and Cuming?

I found this aerial and it still shows the tower in it from 2001:
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Postby Brad » Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:32 pm

Now I remember that building. You would see it on the news in the CU Baseball highlights...
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Postby MTO » Thu Nov 12, 2015 10:40 pm

Isn't that that old |expletive| housing project that was raised?
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Re: Riverfront Development (Rick's & Storz area)

Postby yard salad » Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:12 am

Looks like that was the Burt Tower on 20th and Burt, which was demolished in 2003 to make way for Creighton dorms. I think it was elderly housing in the 70's and 80's.

http://www.wowt.com/news/headlines/203721.html

Here's a video of the implosion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thhnRGddacg

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

Postby MTO » Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:18 pm

yard salad wrote:Looks like that was the Burt Tower on 20th and Burt, which was demolished in 2003 to make way for Creighton dorms. I think it was elderly housing in the 70's and 80's.

http://www.wowt.com/news/headlines/203721.html

Here's a video of the implosion
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thhnRGddacg


That's it, kinda sucked to see it go it added some height to that area.
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Postby PotatoeEatsFish » Fri Nov 13, 2015 4:09 pm

At least they replaced it with a nice stadium.
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Postby iamjacobm » Fri Jan 29, 2016 4:45 pm

Well I wonder what this means? From the planning board agenda.


National Park Service Approval of a Major Amendment to the Mixed
Use District Development Agreement for
Gallup University Riverfront Campus
LOCATION: 601 Riverfront Drive

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Postby MTO » Sat Jan 30, 2016 10:53 am

iamjacobm wrote:Well I wonder what this means? From the planning board agenda.


National Park Service Approval of a Major Amendment to the Mixed
Use District Development Agreement for
Gallup University Riverfront Campus
LOCATION: 601 Riverfront Drive


Probably going to paint the benches out back.
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Postby Coyote » Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:17 pm

City moving forward with demolition of Storz Trophy Room

Alexandra Stone KETV reporter wrote:the city is gathering permits and planning to put the demolition out for bid in the next six weeks.
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Postby thenewguy » Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:11 pm

I always liked the look of the building itself, and it was fun being down on the river with a drink in your hand. After the Anchor closed, there hasnt really been an experience quite like it since, and Ricks was the closest to it. Hopefully something significant (entertainment related) goes in.
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Postby Greg S » Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:49 am

thenewguy wrote:I always liked the look of the building itself, and it was fun being down on the river with a drink in your hand. After the Anchor closed, there hasnt really been an experience quite like it since, and Ricks was the closest to it. Hopefully something significant (entertainment related) goes in.



Yeah it was pretty cool when they were having the different festivals and concerts (pre-flooding) on the plaza in front of Rick's. After the floods, none of that stuff seemed to return.

We really need something again that embraces the river. I always liked sitting outside for lunch or drinks (even though the food at Rick's was very uneven, never went to Storz, was too pricey).

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Postby skinzfan23 » Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:50 am

I wonder if they are considering of getting rid of some of the concrete down there. The story mentioned all the concrete and how it sits vacant but there are a few events that utilize it (Santa Lucia Festival, Taste of Omaha)

Obviously a couple of smaller buildings will probably do better at the site.

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

Postby lmdramos » Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:03 am

I thought they couldn't get rid of concrete cause its containing the led from the plant that was there before?

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Postby iamjacobm » Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:03 am

I am sure it wont happen, but this would be the time to kind of reset what we have down there and go big. Make Lot A a multi level parking garage with the top level being a green roof that stretches over the train tracks. That huge green space could open up the riverfront for apartment buildings and restaurant space and would actually connect the river to downtown. You could step out the front door of the new hotel at 10th and Capitol and walk across a park to the river.

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Postby skinzfan23 » Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:09 am

iamjacobm wrote:I am sure it wont happen, but this would be the time to kind of reset what we have down there and go big. Make Lot A a multi level parking garage with the top level being a green roof that stretches over the train tracks. That huge green space could open up the riverfront for apartment buildings and restaurant space and would actually connect the river to downtown. You could step out the front door of the new hotel at 10th and Capitol and walk across a park to the river.

I thought that a park with underground parking was part of the original downtown master plan:
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Postby iamjacobm » Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:14 am

One can hope, they are going to have to make more parking stalls when Lot B goes away so maybe this can be kept in mind going forward.

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Postby daveoma » Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:36 pm

iamjacobm wrote:I am sure it wont happen, but this would be the time to kind of reset what we have down there and go big. Make Lot A a multi level parking garage with the top level being a green roof that stretches over the train tracks. That huge green space could open up the riverfront for apartment buildings and restaurant space and would actually connect the river to downtown. You could step out the front door of the new hotel at 10th and Capitol and walk across a park to the river.

Great idea! You should email that to the mayor!

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Postby cdub » Fri Feb 12, 2016 8:26 am

a) Dont email the mayor. The deck over a parking garage was in the downtown plan already

b) We dont need more parking if lot B goes away, however, dont worry MECA has your back.

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Postby Seth » Mon Feb 15, 2016 2:54 pm

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.

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Postby Linkin5 » Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:46 pm

Seth wrote: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.


Word.

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Postby MadMartin8 » Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:59 pm

Seth wrote: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.



I dunno, with The Yard gone, I think we need a fenced off "event space".
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Postby nativeomahan » Mon Feb 15, 2016 6:09 pm

Depending on costs, I would like to see a total and complete redo of this property, with dense, mixed use development, park land and event space. Right now it is desolate, and horribly underutilized.

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Postby RNcyanide » Mon Feb 15, 2016 6:13 pm

nativeomahan wrote:Depending on costs, I would like to see a total and complete redo of this property, with dense, mixed use development, park land and event space. Right now it is desolate, and horribly underutilized.


That all depends on the boundaries of the Superfund Site. That's what's limiting development down there in the first place.
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Postby U R my Helix » Mon Feb 15, 2016 6:30 pm

nativeomahan wrote:Depending on costs, I would like to see a total and complete redo of this property, with dense, mixed use development, park land and event space. Right now it is desolate, and horribly underutilized.


Don't forget there are limitations with this site. Mostly due to possible flooding.
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Postby U R my Helix » Mon Feb 15, 2016 8:00 pm

I don't think a large development needs to go in every available space. This would be a great spot to do something that would be good for our visitors and family in Omaha. The existing building could have been kept as a city information center and event spot. Stay out of the river but we have the water available to make something like this. just as an idea.

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Postby Coyote » Wed Feb 17, 2016 9:25 pm

Cities could create groups to manage riverfront development, under new legislation

Martha Stoddard - World-Herald Bureau wrote:Legislative Bill 806, would allow cities to create new entities called riverfront development authorities to coordinate and facilitate development efforts within designated riverfront areas. They could issue bonds and fund infrastructure projects with assessments on private property or occupation taxes within the riverfront district.
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Postby Joe_Sovereign » Thu Feb 18, 2016 9:11 am

Coyote wrote:Cities could create groups to manage riverfront development, under new legislation

Martha Stoddard - World-Herald Bureau wrote:Legislative Bill 806, would allow cities to create new entities called riverfront development authorities to coordinate and facilitate development efforts within designated riverfront areas. They could issue bonds and fund infrastructure projects with assessments on private property or occupation taxes within the riverfront district.


Last thing we need is another unelected board like the MECA board.

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Postby GetUrban » Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:06 am

Joe_Sovereign wrote:
Coyote wrote:Cities could create groups to manage riverfront development, under new legislation

Martha Stoddard - World-Herald Bureau wrote:Legislative Bill 806, would allow cities to create new entities called riverfront development authorities to coordinate and facilitate development efforts within designated riverfront areas. They could issue bonds and fund infrastructure projects with assessments on private property or occupation taxes within the riverfront district.


Last thing we need is another unelected board like the MECA board.


I tend to agree with you on this. In Omaha, it sounds like a role the Omaha Planning Dept. should already be playing. Details about how it would actually work, such as where does the "riverfront" boundary really start/stop are not mentioned in the article. Development along the riverfront is so intertwined with everything else going on in downtown and north downtown, it makes more sense for the planning dept to do its job and coordinate it. I agree we don't need another MECA-like entity ruling the riverfront.
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Re: Riverfront Development (Rick's & Storz area)

Postby Seth » Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:23 pm

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.

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Postby RNcyanide » Fri Feb 19, 2016 12:44 pm

I think that's a terrible idea. Granted some of these places may or may not have MECA-like organizations in place, but we don't need a third bureaucracy in place to stifle decisions. It's bad enough with MECA as it is. Ron Swanson wouldn't stand for this |expletive|.
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Re: Riverfront Development (Rick's & Storz area)

Postby Taco » Sun Mar 20, 2016 12:23 pm

Heritage Services appears to be leading the push for development along the river now. They're soliciting stakeholder input at this website: http://reimaginetheriverfront.com/


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