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Not necessarily so. Yes, Douglas County is in discussions with MUD about building on their property, but no decision has been made as to where. MUD owns the whole block. The HQ is 1/4 of the block. MUD also has an architectually insignificant annex (another 1/4 block) immediately to the south that is used for storage and maintenance that could be torn down for the new building. Parking lots make up the remaining half of the block, with a 1/4 block for customer parking and the remaining 1/4 block for employee parking, so the new juvenile justice center could be built on those parking lots as well. No decision has been made and the study that will determine the size requirements for the new building won’t be finalized until November. It’s possible the MUD HQ could come down, but no decision has been made to build there or on the other lots from that block.
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omahacacher wrote:MUD also has an architectually insignificant annex (another 1/4 block) immediately to the south that is used for storage and maintenance that could be torn down for the new building.
I would say the building to the south is indeed architecturally significant. Granted it doesn't look like its ornate neighbor to the north, but it's still a great example of Art Moderne architecture with glass block windows, glazed black subway tile and a steel truss barreled ceiling. It would be a shame for either to be torn down.
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