Bucky's Taking Over Old Louis Market Lot

It might not be what most people had in mind, but there is new life coming to the old Louis Market in Benson.

After Bucky's expressed interest to build at the spot, Omaha City Council approved the idea Tuesday.

Right now, what used to be Louis Market at 57th and Northwest Radial Highway sits vacant.

Some say it's been a bit of an eye sore.

Bucky's, however, thought it's a great spot to open business.

At City Council, Councilman Pete Festersen said it wasn't ideal.

Some neighbors like Patricia Anderson have concerns Bucky's would bring crime, increased auto emissions, and noise to the area.

“We believe it's going to have a negative environmental impact in terms of more traffic coming into the neighborhood because that's the purpose of the gas station car wash,” she said at the Council meeting.

However, Larry Joebun, developer of the project with Bucky's says the company wants to try to cater to the neighborhoods needs.

The store will add trees and landscaping to buffer sound, and plans to keep up its usual security measures.

It is also trying to meet grocery demands.

“'Is this Bucky's going to the adjacent residential neighborhoods by having having fresh food?' Of course, we said, 'Yes, this will actually have a kitchen in it, so yes there will be fresh fruit, there will be sandwiches,'" said Joebun.

Festersen says although Bucky's isn't ideal at the spot, he'd rather have that than an empty lot.

Council approved the notion unanimously on Tuesday.

Bucky's is investing $5 million to take over the three acre lot, which will include the bar and grill.

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