Official: Aksarben Village

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Re: Official: Aksarben Village

Postby daveoma » Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:28 am

I think those are really good observations that I hadn't noticed. Maybe they want people to enter through the back? I agree with you that although this is an awesome development for the area, there are multiple missed opportunities to make this building special.

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Coyote wrote:Ok, I have to admit I have been out of the loop on this, but from an earlier schematic I made, it looks like this may be two complexes like the CUE, set to hide the parking garage, I only can imagine that the apartments will be going here:


Correct. Each will be 5 stories containing 54 units. Requesting a little over $1.65 million in TIF.


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Postby Brad » Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:40 am

It's amazing how big that looks compared to the empty lot that it replaced.
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Re: Official: Aksarben Village

Postby Linkin5 » Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:52 pm

Does anybody have a timeline when the lot directly east of the Pacific Life building is supposed to get filled? It seems to be the last major puzzle piece in the area.

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Hilton Garden Inn Photo Update:

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Brad wrote:Hilton Garden Inn Photo Update:

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Coming right along. Nice pic update Brad :thumb: ...

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Re: Official: Aksarben Village

Postby hatwate » Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:45 pm

What happened to Phenomblue?

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Postby Coyote » Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:00 pm

Linkin5 wrote:Does anybody have a timeline when the lot directly east of the Pacific Life building is supposed to get filled? It seems to be the last major puzzle piece in the area.

I saw surveyors there this week.
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Re: Official: Aksarben Village

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hatwate wrote:What happened to Phenomblue?


Acquired by FourFour Media in 2016. As far as I can tell, that company closed shop.

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Linkin5 wrote:Does anybody have a timeline when the lot directly east of the Pacific Life building is supposed to get filled? It seems to be the last major puzzle piece in the area.


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Re: Official: Aksarben Village

Postby Linkin5 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:37 pm

Wow! That looks solid.

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Re: Official: Aksarben Village

Postby skinzfan23 » Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:32 am

Listing states leasing for 2019 occupancy. If all goes well, that would mean construction would start soon, or at least in Spring 2018.

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Postby Brad » Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:34 am

I really like how all the buildings in Aksarben are completely different looking.
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Re: Official: Aksarben Village

Postby Greg S » Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:01 pm

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hatwate wrote:What happened to Phenomblue?


Acquired by FourFour Media in 2016. As far as I can tell, that company closed shop.




FourFour closed shop or just Phenomblue after it was acquired? Their office at AV was really cool.

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Re: Official: Aksarben Village

Postby hatwate » Mon Dec 04, 2017 3:13 pm

I just noticed Kiewit has 42,000+ sqft in what was the Gordman bldg. what is that all about?

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Postby debradomayer » Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:28 pm

hatwate wrote:I just noticed Kiewit has 42,000+ sqft in what was the Gordman bldg. what is that all about?
A few months ago the division that was in the Blackstone was displaced due to a watermain break, caused structural damage, so they split them up to Ak Village and the rest at the business park in the old Western Electric at 120th & L. It's supposed to take quite awhile to repair & according to my sister (a decades long) Kiewit employee, they may not move back & may put the Blackstone up for sale.

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Re: Official: Aksarben Village

Postby iamjacobm » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:09 am

debradomayer wrote:
hatwate wrote:I just noticed Kiewit has 42,000+ sqft in what was the Gordman bldg. what is that all about?
A few months ago the division that was in the Blackstone was displaced due to a watermain break, caused structural damage, so they split them up to Ak Village and the rest at the business park in the old Western Electric at 120th & L. It's supposed to take quite awhile to repair & according to my sister (a decades long) Kiewit employee, they may not move back & may put the Blackstone up for sale.


21C Hotel. I am going to ride how perfect that is for the Blackstone forever.

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Re: Official: Aksarben Village

Postby bigredmed1 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:03 pm

iamjacobm wrote:
debradomayer wrote:
hatwate wrote:I just noticed Kiewit has 42,000+ sqft in what was the Gordman bldg. what is that all about?
A few months ago the division that was in the Blackstone was displaced due to a watermain break, caused structural damage, so they split them up to Ak Village and the rest at the business park in the old Western Electric at 120th & L. It's supposed to take quite awhile to repair & according to my sister (a decades long) Kiewit employee, they may not move back & may put the Blackstone up for sale.


21C Hotel. I am going to ride how perfect that is for the Blackstone forever.


If I was a hotel company, not sure that the Blackstone gets past the structural problems. If these are surmountable, then are we sure it gets past the location problems that killed the hotel in the early 70s? Yes, the area is busier, but Elements hotel pretty much owns the UNMC and other corporate high end business, and the low profit, outpatient care, and lower end economy business is going elsewhere. The prom and wedding business has spread out to other locations. Especially if a new firm moved in made a lot of changes to fix the structural damage, and couldn't find some niche to claim and make it its own, I don't know that we have not seen the closure of the window on the resurrection of the Blackstone Hotel (though I agree, it would be a cool thing to have in the city if it could be pulled off.)

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Re: Official: Aksarben Village

Postby GetUrban » Wed Dec 06, 2017 1:14 pm

bigredmed1 wrote:
iamjacobm wrote:
debradomayer wrote:
hatwate wrote:I just noticed Kiewit has 42,000+ sqft in what was the Gordman bldg. what is that all about?
A few months ago the division that was in the Blackstone was displaced due to a watermain break, caused structural damage, so they split them up to Ak Village and the rest at the business park in the old Western Electric at 120th & L. It's supposed to take quite awhile to repair & according to my sister (a decades long) Kiewit employee, they may not move back & may put the Blackstone up for sale.


21C Hotel. I am going to ride how perfect that is for the Blackstone forever.


If I was a hotel company, not sure that the Blackstone gets past the structural problems. If these are surmountable, then are we sure it gets past the location problems that killed the hotel in the early 70s? Yes, the area is busier, but Elements hotel pretty much owns the UNMC and other corporate high end business, and the low profit, outpatient care, and lower end economy business is going elsewhere. The prom and wedding business has spread out to other locations. Especially if a new firm moved in made a lot of changes to fix the structural damage, and couldn't find some niche to claim and make it its own, I don't know that we have not seen the closure of the window on the resurrection of the Blackstone Hotel (though I agree, it would be a cool thing to have in the city if it could be pulled off.)


I would imagine that, with Kiewit's expertise in construction, they would opt to fix the problems before selling the building, to maximize their profit at the time of sale. They might also want to make even more profit by providing construction services for the new tenant(s). Having to move their employees only once is probably more of a driver, and maybe a desire to locate people somewhere else.
It would be great to see it returned back to hotel use.
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Re: Official: Aksarben Village

Postby Coyote » Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:37 pm

Rumor has it the Roast "got in trouble" and will be closing.
I wonder if it has something to do with their liquor license...
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Re: Official: Aksarben Village

Postby guest2017 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:05 am

Greg S wrote:
guest2017 wrote:
hatwate wrote:What happened to Phenomblue?


Acquired by FourFour Media in 2016. As far as I can tell, that company closed shop.




FourFour closed shop or just Phenomblue after it was acquired? Their office at AV was really cool.

Greg


I spoke incorrectly. FourFour Media is still around (ish) - and apparently updating Phenomblue's blog (with generic content). If you Google "Fourfour media" it comes up listed as permanently closed. Information on both sites is kind of scattered - I think Phenomblue had already stopped doing client work, so Joe Olson just sold off their name, basically. From there, he took most of the company to form Rova, a performance management software for ad agencies, which recently changed names to Birdsnest. https://www.birdsnest.io/about/. They're located out of the Burlington Postal building.


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