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13th and William Revitalization

Postby Taco » Tue Oct 27, 2015 11:59 am

I've always thought that this area would be the next logical progression for development following the building out of 10th street. I don't expect any action for at least a year, however this announcement comes sooner than I had expected:
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I don't know much about the developers coming in, but am glad that they are taking the historical character of the neighborhood into account. As long as Donut Stop stays I'm happy!

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Re: 13th and William Revitalization

Postby TitosBuritoBarn » Tue Oct 27, 2015 12:10 pm

I'm a little worried we're creating a bubble with all these neighborhood revitalization efforts occurring at roughly the same time. Is the momentum sustainable or should we slow down a bit?
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Re: 13th and William Revitalization

Postby Midwestern » Tue Oct 27, 2015 12:16 pm

I'd be a little worried if this was only happening in Omaha, but it is certainly a pretty clear development trend to also re-vitalize neighborhoods close to the core (and the downtowns also) instead of solely building out suburbs in just about every major city in the country, so I think it's more just a reversion back to the norm than it is a bubble.

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Re: 13th and William Revitalization

Postby GetUrban » Tue Oct 27, 2015 12:33 pm

I think it is mainly pent-up demand from the last recession, in addition to the younger generation's desire for more "urban" living.
It should slow-down more gradually rather than burst all of a sudden, unless some unforeseen economic crisis comes up. If you start seeing new revitalization developments sitting empty for a long time, then you should worry.
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Re: 13th and William Revitalization

Postby MTO » Tue Oct 27, 2015 12:51 pm

And you have to think all of this urban renewal will pay massive dividends for decades. I'm glad we're getting it done now just in case the economy runs into problems later.
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Re: 13th and William Revitalization

Postby iamjacobm » Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:18 pm

I would argue that our redevelopment efforts aren't all that rapid. I mean NDT and Benson are pushing a decade and are finally seeing new substantial infill projects. This area south of DT is still seeing less than 50 units coming right now. Dundee is seeing its first new constructing since what, the gas station? Blackstone is the one area that I think has really been breathtaking with its pace. With its location between Nebraska Med and MTC I am sure there is a ton of demand there.

I mean other cities our size have 300+ unit urban apartment buildings going up right now.

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Re: 13th and William Revitalization

Postby MTO » Tue Oct 27, 2015 8:53 pm

iamjacobm wrote:I would argue that our redevelopment efforts aren't all that rapid. I mean NDT and Benson are pushing a decade and are finally seeing new substantial infill projects. This area south of DT is still seeing less than 50 units coming right now. Dundee is seeing its first new constructing since what, the gas station? Blackstone is the one area that I think has really been breathtaking with its pace. With its location between Nebraska Med and MTC I am sure there is a ton of demand there.

I mean other cities our size have 300+ unit urban apartment buildings going up right now.


Well now that you put it that way
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Re: 13th and William Revitalization

Postby iamjacobm » Tue Oct 27, 2015 9:13 pm

MTO wrote:
iamjacobm wrote:I would argue that our redevelopment efforts aren't all that rapid. I mean NDT and Benson are pushing a decade and are finally seeing new substantial infill projects. This area south of DT is still seeing less than 50 units coming right now. Dundee is seeing its first new constructing since what, the gas station? Blackstone is the one area that I think has really been breathtaking with its pace. With its location between Nebraska Med and MTC I am sure there is a ton of demand there.

I mean other cities our size have 300+ unit urban apartment buildings going up right now.


Well now that you put it that way


If you consider the vast area that is being redone from Benson to A/V to DT is a massive area to redevelop and the collective has been impressive. Add in Crossroads and it is crazy. We just have a lot of decentralized development which I think is good. I suppose all these neighborhood enclaves being improved in theory would be a lot more impressive to the outside eye if they were all focused on DT proper. I think it is way better for the city as a whole to have all these strong enclaves though. It has allowed me to live east of Dundee and be very convenient to everything and walkable to Blackstone for drinks and my haircuts. It allows 4 of my newly married friends to buy their first homes in the Aksarben area, they didn't even consider looking in West O. It allows for Benson in North O to create a community. I think the area south of DT will create a place for the current young downtown dwellers to move into homeownership while still staying close to the core.

We might not boom, but this steady growth over multiple square miles will make for a fantastic city moving forward.

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Re: 13th and William Revitalization

Postby Athomsfere » Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:30 pm

I'd point out Omaha is seeing healthy growth right now, and none of the projects are really insane major things. 2010-2020 seems to be on track for 10% growth, add in slow down of the recession (as noted previously) and as also noted the younger generations more urban interests... I'd venture Omaha could step it up a little mid-town to downtown and still be OK. And I say this all as a recent transplant who considered OKC, KC, Austin, and Dallas for this latest move and settled on Omaha because it seemed to have everything in order the best.

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Re: 13th and William Revitalization

Postby iamjacobm » Fri Apr 29, 2016 3:57 pm

TIF before planning board. Will rehab a couple storefronts.

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Re: 13th and William Revitalization

Postby Coyote » Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:53 pm

iamjacobm wrote:TIF before planning board. Will rehab a couple storefronts.



Which storefronts are these? Bohemian Cafe side?
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Re: 13th and William Revitalization

Postby SaveOmaha » Sat Apr 30, 2016 12:05 am

Coyote wrote:
iamjacobm wrote:TIF before planning board. Will rehab a couple storefronts.



Which storefronts are these? Bohemian Cafe side?


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Re: 13th and William Revitalization

Postby Brad » Sat Apr 30, 2016 12:13 pm

Coyote wrote:
iamjacobm wrote:TIF before planning board. Will rehab a couple storefronts.



Which storefronts are these? Bohemian Cafe side?


Its easy to spot, just look for the PJ Morgan sign on the old theater that says "Now Showing".
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Postby iamjacobm » Sat Apr 30, 2016 4:33 pm

Going to be a great improvement!

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Postby Brad » Sat Apr 30, 2016 5:04 pm

iamjacobm wrote:Going to be a great improvement!


I agree. The for sale signs, "now showing" signs, have been up for a while, but I didn't know there was an actual plan. I just assumed these buildings were on the market…
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Re: 13th and William Revitalization

Postby Coyote » Sat Apr 30, 2016 7:27 pm

iamjacobm wrote:Going to be a great improvement!


Hopefully it will enliven 13th St, or as the brochure says, "Little Bohemia"
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Re: 13th and William Revitalization

Postby Coyote » Sun May 08, 2016 7:21 pm

The Believers - PJ Morgan

Most Omahans refer to it as 13th Street, the street so many see blur by at 45 mph, to and from downtown Omaha.

To me, it’s so much more than 13th Street or South Downtown, it’s Little Bohemia. An area that contains an abundance of history and its own version of charm.


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Beginning in the late 1800’s, Little Bohemia was the central business district for recent Czech immigrants. Businesses included a hotel, bank, restaurants, bars, butchers, doctors, lawyers and a general store. The area is now home to an eclectic mix of industrial, retail and residential users…who I refer to as “The Believers.”

Twelve years ago, I moved my former business and residence to 13th Street. At the time, I seriously questioned the decision- the area was so different from my West Omaha roots. I moved into the Gallagher Building, the only building on 13th Street listed on the National Register of Historic Places. I immediately knew I was where I was supposed to be – it suited me and I fell in love with it.


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The building awakened my curiosity in historic architecture. I now paid attention to what was behind the steel siding, boarded-up windows and 70’s facades. The Gallagher Building taught me to appreciate the unexpected, the love of historic buildings and the stories that come with them.

I left the area a little over a year ago, when I ventured into commercial real estate. I knew I’d return someday, and, with our recent acquisition of three buildings along 13th, I find myself totally immersed in the area again. The buildings remind me of how truly special and one-of-a-kind 13th Street is. I’ve fallen back in love. In love with the buildings we’re redeveloping, the business owners that I’ve known for years and the homeowners that have been there for decades.

“The Believers” and I are one in the same, all in love with this beautifully gritty, urban and eclectic neighborhood that has seen better days, but believe its best is still yet to come.

I’d love to hear about your experiences in Little Bohemia, 13th Street, or any area of Omaha that has made you believe. What are some of the unique sights, sounds and, yes, smells, that take you back to the moments your memories were made?


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Re: 13th and William Revitalization

Postby iamjacobm » Mon May 09, 2016 9:02 pm

Coyote wrote:The Believers - PJ Morgan

Most Omahans refer to it as 13th Street, the street so many see blur by at 45 mph, to and from downtown Omaha.

To me, it’s so much more than 13th Street or South Downtown, it’s Little Bohemia. An area that contains an abundance of history and its own version of charm.


I never drive 13th during rush hour, but I wonder if it has low enough traffic counts to change it to 1 lane each way with a center turn lane and bike lanes. Slow people down and help create the pedestrian friendly area that it has the potential to be.

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Postby skinzfan23 » Mon May 09, 2016 9:09 pm

It does get fairly busy during the morning and evening rush, especially when there is a slow bus or a truck stopped to unload. Creating a more pedestrian friendly street would be nice though. I still wish that they would redo 13th near the zoo with a tree lined median.

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Re: 13th and William Revitalization

Postby NeonMartiniGlass » Tue May 10, 2016 9:39 am

Anyone know about how far south they want to keep developing? I have a rental house on 11th St. by Sokol Auditorium and I would just love to sell it to a developer. :D :D :D :D
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Postby cdub » Tue May 10, 2016 10:28 am

Traffic guys will never lane diet 13th because its a truck route, access to I 80.

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Postby frankt » Sun Jul 31, 2016 3:26 am

I'm not sure if this was mentioned, yet. But two retail stores next to Bohemian Cafe are closing. Sounds like something is going on.

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Postby iamjacobm » Thu Mar 16, 2017 9:26 am

Archetype Coffee, located in Blackstone, will open a location in this redevelopment.

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Postby Coyote » Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:35 pm

The northern most building now to get a facelift

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Postby Coyote » Sun Apr 09, 2017 7:50 pm

Apparently this first building will be a restaurant.
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Re: 13th and William Revitalization

Postby iamjacobm » Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:49 pm

TIF request for this stretch before planning board.

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Postby Coyote » Sun May 07, 2017 4:22 pm

TIF approved.
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Re: 13th and William Revitalization

Postby Louie » Wed May 24, 2017 3:37 pm

Love that they are floating the idea of keeping the Bohemian Cafe awning!


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