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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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It's amazing how big that looks compared to the empty lot that it replaced.
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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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Postby hatwate » Thu Oct 26, 2017 1:45 pm

What happened to Phenomblue?

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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.

I saw surveyors there this week.
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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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Postby Linkin5 » Tue Nov 07, 2017 10:37 pm

Wow! That looks solid.

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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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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

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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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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

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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.

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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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Postby skinzfan23 » Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:32 am

Just walked by and noticed Dickey's BBQ closed effective yesterday 12/19/17. 2 bays to the south, Togs, closed a few months ago. However, it does look like some drywall is being installed in the bay just south of Dickeys. Hopefully they can work to fill those spaces, especially once HDR moves in. I have a feeling that there is going to be quite a bit of space available considering the HDR building is going to have retail built in.

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Postby hatwate » Wed Dec 20, 2017 12:13 pm

For some reason I think I know Togs plans to come back. Wonder if adding the HDR workforce on a daily basis might actually help.

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skinzfan23 wrote:Just walked by and noticed Dickey's BBQ closed effective yesterday 12/19/17.


I was in Dickey's a couple weeks ago. It was about 6-ish on a week night and there was 1 table in there. I was happy at that time they had scrapped the all "a la carte menu" and went back to something that had a lot better value to it. Apparently it was too late?
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Postby skinzfan23 » Wed Dec 20, 2017 2:06 pm

I have eaten at Dickey's a few times in the past 2 years for lunch and have also walked by numerous other times. Other than their opening day, I don't think I have ever seen more than 3-5 tables with people at them. I am sure that their rent is pretty high given the location. With that in mind, I am sure they have been struggling for quite some time. I think I even remember seeing that they temporarily closed for a day or two earlier this year.

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Postby Coyote » Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:04 pm

This Dickey's does a lot of deliveries.
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Coyote wrote:This Dickey's does a lot of deliveries.



Nope...... Just going to leave that alone.
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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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Was told Right at Home will be moving from the building on Center Street into two floor so this building. I was also told Pacific Life would take the rest. Construction to start in the Spring.

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That is basically what I have heard.
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Postby Uffda » Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:05 pm

Coyote wrote:That is basically what I have heard.



This could possibly be the other location that Swartz deli might end up I was told.. either HDR or here (at this time)

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Postby skinzfan23 » Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:23 pm

Maybe its just me, but it seems like the Hilton Garden Inn is taking forever. They started construction in Oct 2016, so they are nearing 18 months and it still appears that the hotel is at least a few months away from opening. I believe they are still working on framing on the inside. A few pieces of siding have gone up on the exterior, but overall, it doesn't look much different than the last picture from early November.

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Postby Coyote » Fri Feb 02, 2018 3:15 pm

I have heard a lot of people think the same. I believe framing is done and drywall is going in, but this construction by New Generation has been slow.
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Postby guy4omaha » Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:14 pm

they must be focusing on quality. ha. And the Empire State Building was built in a year.
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Postby Coyote » Wed Feb 07, 2018 12:55 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.

Just heard this morning from Magnum Development that this spring a fence should be going up and they will start working. Only problem will be storage, which may use the Pac Life parking garage for staging...
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Postby skinzfan23 » Wed Feb 07, 2018 2:55 pm

Maybe they will stage some of it in the "street" area between the new building and the current Pac Life building. There has to be a way to do this. Sometimes it seems like construction crews in Omaha don't know how to construct in a dense area. Many other larger cities have construction ongoing all the time and they find a way to make it work.

The only other option I can think of would be to close off some of the parking on the street.

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Coyote wrote:I have heard a lot of people think the same. I believe framing is done and drywall is going in, but this construction by New Generation has been slow.

I just heard that they plan on being open in May. They have been shooting for the Berkshire Hathaway Convention.
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