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Postby eomaha » Wed Feb 25, 2004 7:51 am

Plans at former Vickers Plant become more clear...

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Postby sokkerdewd » Mon Mar 01, 2004 2:31 pm

Nice to see some development along N 72nd.

On a related note, seeing as how I-680 on the north end of town is sparcely developed, yet closer to downtown and the Westroads area than many other areas of the city, I'm surprised it still is filling in so slowly. One would think that the areas around I-680 on the north end and near the I-680/29 interchange in Iowa would have some major developments underway as their accessibility is excellent for the interstate system. I guess it just strikes me as odd that the continued march Westward and Southward still goes on while areas North and East, but very close to downtown (less than 10 miles), sit undeveloped.
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Postby guy4omaha » Mon Mar 01, 2004 4:10 pm

I think at least part of it has to do with infrastructure development. In general, at least, the sewer and water lines, perhaps communication infrastructure too, is not in place on the city's north and northwest areas as it is on the south and southwest side.

In the past several years the sewer and water trunk lines have been extended more and more toward Gretna and this means developers can tap into this foundation.

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Postby eomaha » Mon Mar 01, 2004 4:15 pm

Some of the housing developments in this part of town have floundered somewhat in past years... I suspect with the improved retail/restaurant amenities... we'll see residential development activity increase here as well.

An extension of I-680 south on the Iowa side of the river and back across a bridge running into the Storz Expressway (as proposed by the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency) will also go a long ways towards making downtown more accessible to north, northeast Omaha... increasing desirability of the north I-680 corridor.

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Postby Will » Mon Mar 01, 2004 8:40 pm

I have always wondered why the state/city did not conect I680 with the north freeway? Would it not help the level of traffic on I80 if people who live in Nothwest Omaha could catch I680 directly instead of going south two miles and then north four miles to reach the maple street exit. Not to sound like Joe$, but there are times (after dark) that I would not drive along US75 north of Ames Ave. It does not seem as frighting driving though North O on the freeway, as it does driving down 30th street between the prkway and I680.

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Postby Admin » Mon Mar 01, 2004 8:57 pm

From a travel time standpoint... it definitely would be of benefit to have the North Freeway connected to I-680. But I wouldn't worry too much about commuting north 30th. It's not bad at all... the area actually has a great mix of people... the metropolitan community campus... Florence to the north. I know alot of people who live in the area and never talk of feeling unsafe... just in need of some amenities we take for granted in the suburbs.

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Postby Coyote » Mon Mar 01, 2004 9:57 pm

When the North Freeway was being considered the North Omaha community saw it as a way of cutting it in half. If I remember well it was heavily lobbied against by the African-American community and by Ernie Chambers. They felt there were too few overpasses.

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Postby eomaha » Mon Mar 01, 2004 10:24 pm

I think they were right.

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Postby sokkerdewd » Wed Mar 03, 2004 9:59 pm

Is there a map of the proposed north freeway extension somewhere Jeff?
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Postby eomaha » Thu Mar 04, 2004 9:22 am

It's not as much a North freeway extension... as an airport connector. Although it would be linked to the North freeway via the Storz expressway

Here's a link the the MAPA study (which was done quite some time ago).

http://www.mapacog.org/2025lrtp.pdf

Here's a piece of the study map, showing the connector.

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I suspect making that large swath of cornfields on the Iowa side of the river, so accessible to the airport... would probably instantly create a highly desirable tract for warehouses/light industrial development.

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Postby sokkerdewd » Fri Mar 05, 2004 9:19 am

I'd think that this project would be a win-win-win situation...and am surprised it's not being pushed. Iowa would win warehouse/shipping developments (so CB and IA would benefit,) not to mention having improved access to the busiest airport Iowa fliers use. Omaha & NE would benefit through easier accessibilitiy and better traffic flow - not to mention the increase in air traffic that would accompany the new shipping firms on the Iowa side of the river. Aesthetically and directionally this would be an improvement also for people coming into fly from Omaha from points north, east, and northwest. Think any CB/Omaha politicians or at least World-Herald writers read this forum?
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Postby Brad » Wed Mar 10, 2004 7:17 pm

If they connected like the map showed I GAURENTEE north 72nd street would boom. The sowernsen expressway is a very good road however there are a lot of prejudice people in this town who are scared to take this route after dark. WAKE UP PEOPLE THE ROAD IS SAFE.

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Postby JJ » Fri Mar 26, 2004 4:36 pm

A freeway connecting downtown to the Northside would be excellent. I live on the North end of town, and contrary to popular belief, it is perfectly safe to drive to and from work on 30th Street in terms of the "type" of people that I might encounter on the commute. The dangerous thing is the traffic (i.e. Semi's) that I have to fight daily. A freeway connecting 680 would not only benefit the freight and manufacturing businesses, but also the city in terms of the savings that it will experience from not having to constantly repair 30th north of Sorensen.

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Postby eomaha » Fri Mar 26, 2004 4:39 pm

" it is perfectly safe to drive to and from work on 30th Street "

Of course it is... and that reminds me... I need to get up there and take some pictures of downtown Florence.

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Postby Uffda » Tue Jun 14, 2005 2:10 pm

They have been taking apart the Vickers plant over the past month or so. It is getting close to being just the steel frame.

They also started ripping out the treeline along the westside of this property.

A new Village Inn opened in May across from this site.

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Postby Brad » Tue Jun 14, 2005 4:50 pm

I have noticed it is starting to look very different up there, if I had a digital camers, I would take some pictures. I don't undewrstans the Village Inn there, the only thing I can think is that they are planning ahead.
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Postby eomaha » Sun Jul 24, 2005 2:34 am

Some heavy movers at work up at Sorenson Park Plaza

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Postby Brad » Sun Jul 24, 2005 12:41 pm

I drove by this also last night on the way to CB. THey have also started grading on the north end of the property as well as started road work on the Sorenson Parkway to ad turn lanes on to the property.

Does anyone know what came up with the contaminated soil in the property and in the neighbor's yard?
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Postby Uffda » Sun Jul 24, 2005 9:28 pm

They have been moving a lot of dirt on the north side along sorensen for the past couple of weeks. The turns lanes could be interesting as it is right along a curve and uphill/downhill part of sorensen.

Good photos. That area seems to be a plant's cement floor or the cement covering of the Vickers plant basement as there is an area just to the south of this that is below ground level.

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Retail Developments

Postby Brad » Tue Aug 02, 2005 9:06 pm

Retail Developments

http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/1764427.html

The "Sorensen Park Plaza" sits on 80 acres and Otis tells us the planned shopping center will bring in about 800 new jobs.
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Postby eomaha » Sun Jan 22, 2006 7:41 pm

Brad, you were a man possessed today!

Thanks for sharing all of these updates.

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Postby Brad » Sun Feb 26, 2006 1:26 pm

Sunday 2/26/2006

Target is well on its way

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Postby ladyred » Sun Feb 26, 2006 6:17 pm

Brad,
Great pictures! I was going to take some of these Friday morning but my digital camera was having some kind of hissy fit and would not recognize the card. I ran out of time trying to get it to work before my eye appt at Immanuel that morning. :lol:
Does anyone know for sure if this is going to be a Super Target?

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Postby Uffda » Sun Feb 26, 2006 6:48 pm

My understanding is that it won't be a SuperTarget. Looking at a site map for this -- I think the walls that are up to the south of the Target building are for Linens n' Things, Marshalls, Office Max and Factory card Outlet.

I havent seen them starting anything on the theatre site yet.

They are shutting off Crownpoint between 72nd and 78th starting this week to redo that stretch.

http://www.kimcorealty.com/propsearch/s ... evelopment

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Postby Greg S » Thu Apr 06, 2006 4:04 pm

The Target at Sorenson does not seem to be matching up with the one at Crossroads as far as looks go.

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Postby MTO » Thu Apr 06, 2006 4:07 pm

I think the crossroads location is going to be a special store.
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Postby Brad » Mon Apr 17, 2006 10:01 pm

Sunday 4/17/2006 building permits

• Ragains Enterprises LLC, 7440 Crown Point Ave., building, $2,664,883.


No Idea, but 2.66 million, could be a restaurant :lol: or another strip mall :evil:

I googled Ragains Enterprises, but nothing came up?
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Postby Uffda » Mon May 29, 2006 8:40 pm

Well my photos would win any prizesbut here goes.

Sorensen Park Plaza from North end to south end. There is a gap between what i think is Sally Beauty and PetSmart.

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Postby Brad » Mon May 29, 2006 9:23 pm

Thats a good mix of tennants in a underserved part of town.
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Postby Omaha Cowboy » Tue May 30, 2006 2:19 am

Nice job Uffda!..

Thanks for the photo progress update..

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Postby Brad » Sun Jul 09, 2006 5:23 pm

Sunday July 6, 2006

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Postby MTO » Sun Jul 09, 2006 9:14 pm

Thats a very good looking shopping center.
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Postby TitosBuritoBarn » Mon Jul 10, 2006 12:43 am

Looking good. Hopefully this will help spur some more growth to the north....or is it true what I heard somewhere that Omaha can't grow too far north due to some situation with...the terrain? Either way, it's a naturally pretty area and deserves better than the industrial |expletive| that's currently up there.

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Postby eomaha » Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:02 am

Aside from the industrial plant it replaced... I can't really think of any other industrial areas in this part of Omaha. I'd say Sorenson Park Plaza will indeed help make this part of the metro become that much more desirable. This area sat rather stagnant for years... yet if you've driven by recently, you'll note many new rooftops moving quickly towards 680. If you're into big expansive metros with multiple independent market areas... this, plus Shadow Lake Town Center should signal Omaha's 'arrival'.

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Postby Uffda » Mon Jul 10, 2006 6:59 am

deserves better than the industrial |expletive| that's currently up there.


You are right Jeff, The only industrial I can think of up here is the Vickers plant which is no more. There is a big area just west of the NW corner of Wenninghoff and Sorensen that looks like it is being prepared for a new housing development although I havent seen any signs put up.

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Postby Brad » Mon Jul 10, 2006 7:26 am

Uffda wrote: you are right Jeff, The only industrial I can think of up here is the Vickers plant which is no more. There is a big area just west of the NW corner of Wenninghoff and Sorensen that looks like it is being prepared for a new housing development although I havent seen any signs put up.


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Postby Omaha Cowboy » Mon Jul 10, 2006 7:42 am

The Sorensen Development is looking good..

The Target looks especially nice..

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Postby Uffda » Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:24 am

I heard a church?


I think that was suppose to be on the NE corner --- they did a lot of dirt moving and then it sat last fall. This spring the land was put up for sale again.

The land I am talking about is to the west of here across Wenninghoff and up on the hill.

Also I just looked at the developers website and they have added a Regis Hair and a Anytime Fitness to an area out in the parking lot listed as shops

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Postby Brad » Mon Jul 10, 2006 8:28 am

You are right NE, NW.... The north east is where I heard the church was going.
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