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2018 Wish List

Postby Coyote » Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:08 am

It's that time of the year again where we make our wishes for next year...

2017 Coyote wrote:
2016 Coyote wrote:1) Restoration Exchange, the City of Omaha, OPA and HDR make a surprise announcement
2) More Development in the Blackstone District
3) Progress in the Year Round Farmer's Market
4) Storz property and the riverfront redeveloped (extending the riverfront sidewalk south past The Breakers).
5) Plans announced for the expansion of the CLink including the Baby Bob and Parking Garage on Lot D, paving the way for the development of Lot B
6) Announcement of a Huge new Sporting Event at the CLink


Time again to make your wish list for 2017.

1) City announces the downtown library is moving to Tetrad's development, making way for the new Kiewit Tower.
2) City finalizes plans for Lot B, anchored by an ESPN/Nike Sports Lounge.
3) City decides to create a world class museum on the riverfront.
4) City announces a Street Car plan from the airport to the Nebraska Medical Center, making way for numerous projects along Farnam St.


For 2018 all of the above again plus:

1) Major retail news from West Farm
2) Completion of La Vista's Sports Complex
3) Blackstone reverts to a Hotel
4) Restaurants and retail West of UNMC
5) ConAgra helps build world class museum on the riverfront
6) Tech firms follow Facebook to create a new Silicon Prairie District
7) Amazon HQ2
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Re: 2018 Wish List

Postby Taco » Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:12 pm

Ouch Coyote, by my count that's 2.5/10 for the last two years combined. Looks like lofty goals for 2018, I would be thrilled with 25% of those coming true. I'll go dig mine up, not sure the percentage will be any better though.

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Re: 2018 Wish List

Postby NovakOmaha » Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:10 pm

Well, in the past 10 years I don't think I would have ever predicted MTC, West Farm or Eppley's growth, much less the development around Park Ave., the Blackstone District or some others, and I haven't been back since 2015. So with my lack of perspective in person here goes:

Eppley announces a timeline for reconstruction and expansion of the terminal, probably breaking ground on a first phase

From the out on a limb department, a high rise residential building downtown. And I'm talking 20-30 stories.

Real progress on a streetcar/light rail route.

ConAgra realizes that the move to Chicago was a mistake and happened just to placate the kid they named head of the company. They announce that they are going to bulldoze their downtown Omaha buildings and that they are going to completely rebuild Jobbers Canyon. A plaque will be placed somewhere naming Mike Harper as a scrooge.

That should do it.

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Re: 2018 Wish List

Postby nebraska » Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:01 pm

nebraska wrote:2016 wish list
  1. 6-8 floor infill between 30-35th Streets, complements Midtown Crossing
  2. NebMed announces Saddle Creek will get moved (south of Dodge, where the mill building was) and consequent 2 more DRC towers
  3. Millard: The Lumberyard Phase 2 exploratory committee
  4. Fun Plex's 2nd coaster is taller, faster than 1st one
  5. City of Omaha releases 'Back To The River' master plan (from Anchor Inn to Marcy St, including reconnecting 8th and 9th St in HOAP)
  6. City Council's new High Tech Incentive Plan for companies purchasing property east of I680
  7. a coffeeshop or cafe closer to my apartment...

2017 wish list
  1. City of Omaha releases 'Back to the River' master plan, but this time we're talking world class museum (as mentioned by Coyote above)
  2. More stuff for Blackstone, because I live here now and would like more things. Let's start with City Bikes
  3. Urban filler project announced for Bohemian stretch of 13th Street, perhaps a couple of apartment projects for starters
  4. City admits parking requirements are holding back progress and allows denser construction projects without it (parking construction holds back projects because of costs)
  5. Omaha begins serious discussion of combining the public school districts, residents fight tooth and nail to protect status quo
  6. New mid-rise development announced at 84th Dodge or nearby, where the current HDR is.
  7. and bike lanes become a thing


Hmm, FunPlex went in the wrong direction with their roller coasters. But at least it does seem that South 13th Street will become a thing in the near future. The City has learned that parking minimum does hurt progress (YAY!).

  1. The "back to the river (again)" plans are released and it's not just greenspace with parking...
  2. Any 20+ story building project announced for downtown (preferably at 11/12th Dodge/Capital)
  3. I still think a mid-rise apartment is due to be announced at 84th and Dodge area
  4. Lot B announces a developer
  5. The leading streetcar group announces a route that includes the airport (with decent hours, unlike the #16 bus)
  6. UNMC's replacement for MMI/JP Lord property is announced
  7. and bike lanes become a thing

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Re: 2018 Wish List

Postby GrandpaaSmucker » Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:55 pm

For 2018 all I want is a Golden Coral and a Pizza Ranch for MIllard :lol:

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Re: 2018 Wish List

Postby bigredmed1 » Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:54 am

1. A cogent modular mass transit system than can handle the various special needs of Omaha's event-based lifestyle.

2. A city leadership that supports developers but also respects taxpayers such that we either get no bill or we get a fair equity ownership based on what we pay for the development.

3. For me:

A. More time behind the trigger of my target rifle.
B. Another chance to shoot photos that are better than what I think I am capable of.
C. Another year with my wife and family.

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Re: 2018 Wish List

Postby iamjacobm » Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:26 pm

2017:

1. Crossroads breaks ground
2. Lanoha/Tetrad tenant announcements
3. Lot B Announcement
4. Riverfront RFP
5. MTC Phase 2 breaks ground
6. BRT breaks ground
7. Capitol Place breaks ground
8. Capitol District open for CWS
9. ConAgra space leased by out of town employer
10. INFILL
11. UNMC announces plans for hotel/Omaha Steel
12. West Farm breaks ground
13. Midrise residential DT Announced
14. Streetcar plans announced
15. Eppley hits 4.5 million


1. Nope
2. Nope
3. Gears turning
4. Gears turning
5. Nope
6. Nope
7. Yes! Great pace on this project
8. Nope
9. Different news for ConAgra space
10. Plenty of small projects chugging along
11. Nope
12. Yep
13. Nope
14. Kinda
15. Looking likely

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Re: 2018 Wish List

Postby iamjacobm » Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:32 pm

2018:

1. Crossroads, anything
2. Tetrad/Lanoha make steps forward
3. Visible progress on the ConAgra site
4. Kiewit breaks ground in North DT
5. Toast goes DT/Midtown
6. Blackstone keeps rolling
7. BRT breaks ground
8. UNMC Saddle Creek plans revealed
9. Methodist plans revealed
10. Top Golf breaks ground
11. MoO announces new HQ near MTC
12. Plans announced for Kiewit land/buildings in Midtown
13. Aksarben fills out
14. West Farm announces a number of new to market retailers
15. Streetcar financing plan finalized

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Re: 2018 Wish List

Postby Busguy2010 » Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:00 am

We've been conditioned to make our wishlists too realistic because we've very optimistic in the past.

Dodge Street BRT is supposed to be finished in 2018. I hope it is, and that it's heavily used among new riders.
I hope a concrete streetcar plan is announced with a scheduled groundbreaking.
I hope the city fixes some of the heavily potholed streets in north and south Omaha.
I wish people would consider shopping at Family Fare instead of defaulting HyVee and Walmart.
I hope the police helicopter has less reason to fly around my neighborhood so often.
I hope the former No Frills on Blondo becomes a Planet Fitness or Blue Moon Fitness and not sit vacant or become an apartment complex.
Hopefully someone proves my apathy about Crossroads wrong.
I hope Walmart finds a new place to build another supercenter to relieve the always busy 72nd & Pine location.

Will edit as needed.

iamjacobm wrote:UNMC Saddle Creek plans revealed
Methodist plans revealed
MoO announces new HQ near MTC
Plans announced for Kiewit land/buildings in Midtown

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Re: 2018 Wish List

Postby Professor Woland » Fri Jan 05, 2018 11:22 pm

1. For the streetcar idea to die once and for all.
2. "Chamber of Commerce" weather during our big events.
3. For a lot of office space to be used up.
4. Big surprise philanthropic effort to build a science and natural history museum.
5. An announcement of a successor for Thomas Wilkins, and for it to be a great choice.
6. A continued fall in the crime rate, especially the murder rate.

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Re: 2018 Wish List

Postby Dundeemaha » Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:37 pm

Here's a giant stretch goal for 2018, but with Mutual pushing up to the west edge of 480 and other developments continuing to encroach on the east edge, I'd love to see a proposal for adding businesses to both sides of Farnam and Harney ala Columbus, OH.

Bridged with businesses next to Columbus convention center
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Re: 2018 Wish List

Postby Greg S » Tue Jan 09, 2018 1:40 pm

1. Crossroads get a new motivated and dynamic developer
2. Riverfront plan unveiled (includes an indoor ice rink)
3. Outdoor ice rink suitable for hockey (and covered)
4. Construction begins in earnest on La Vista Sports Complex
5. Omaha's IT growth is not primarily from data centers
6. New from ground up residential high rise for downtown
7. Out of the blue, plans for a legitimate amusement park for metro area or Omaha Lincoln corridor
8. UNO reaches out to Martie Cordaro to be an advisor on athletics (business and promotions side)
9. Decent weather for KC Royals exhibition game at Werner Park
10. Nebraska vs Iowa for Big 10 baseball championship at sold out TD Ameritrade Park
11. Both Nebraska and CU schedule home games against UNO
12. UNO Hockey makes it to Minneapolis for their conference tournament
13. Another outdoor hockey game is announced and will be run by those that know how to promote and coordinate it
14. OPS Bond II announced and passed, along with construction on 2 new high schools
15. Light rail plans announced and doable
16. RallyHouse announced first Omaha store
17. Jack Stack/Joe's Kansas City/Smokehouse/Gates-one of them opens a store in Omaha

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Re: 2018 Wish List

Postby MadMartin8 » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:39 pm

Greg S wrote:3. Outdoor ice rink suitable for hockey (and covered)


That'd be interesting to see....I'm trying to think of one nearby that exists?
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Re: 2018 Wish List

Postby nebugeater » Tue Jan 09, 2018 5:55 pm

MadMartin8 wrote:
Greg S wrote:3. Outdoor ice rink suitable for hockey (and covered)


That'd be interesting to see....I'm trying to think of one nearby that exists?




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Re: 2018 Wish List

Postby Greg S » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:54 am

nebugeater wrote:
MadMartin8 wrote:
Greg S wrote:3. Outdoor ice rink suitable for hockey (and covered)


That'd be interesting to see....I'm trying to think of one nearby that exists?




Mahoney State Park



They have one in KC that they use for tournaments and games. Full hockey boards, fire pits nearby for parents.

http://www.kcicecenter.com/


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Re: 2018 Wish List

Postby OmahaOmaha » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:54 am

Greg S wrote:1. Crossroads get a new motivated and dynamic developer
2. Riverfront plan unveiled (includes an indoor ice rink)
3. Outdoor ice rink suitable for hockey (and covered)
4. Construction begins in earnest on La Vista Sports Complex
5. Omaha's IT growth is not primarily from data centers
6. New from ground up residential high rise for downtown
7. Out of the blue, plans for a legitimate amusement park for metro area or Omaha Lincoln corridor
8. UNO reaches out to Martie Cordaro to be an advisor on athletics (business and promotions side)
9. Decent weather for KC Royals exhibition game at Werner Park
10. Nebraska vs Iowa for Big 10 baseball championship at sold out TD Ameritrade Park
11. Both Nebraska and CU schedule home games against UNO
12. UNO Hockey makes it to Minneapolis for their conference tournament
13. Another outdoor hockey game is announced and will be run by those that know how to promote and coordinate it
14. OPS Bond II announced and passed, along with construction on 2 new high schools
15. Light rail plans announced and doable
16. RallyHouse announced first Omaha store
17. Jack Stack/Joe's Kansas City/Smokehouse/Gates-one of them opens a store in Omaha


Why have an indoor ice rink on the riverfront? Why not keep the riverfront for outdoor activities that draw people to the river instead? I'd prefer more recreation trails, picnic areas, tennis courts, shuffleboard, miniature golf, volleyball, a dog park, skate park, or any kind of outdoor sports field.

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Re: 2018 Wish List

Postby Greg S » Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:01 pm

I actually heard about that from someone with Heritage Services. It was at a small presentation and could not ask why? I am assuming it's to get some traffic down there during the winter.

Based on what he said, at least one person from HS saw the story on the Omaha Squirt team that qualified for Canada. They learned about the shortages of ice time in Omaha despite the new rinks.

I'd combo the indoor with one next to it for outdoor. Then you use both for different purposes when Spring rolls around.

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