Civic Improvements Recognized

Omaha by Design will present the 2011 installment of its highest honor. The Laurels Award will be presented at its annual awards luncheon Tuesday, Jan. 31. The event will be held from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Happy Hollow Club.

Midtown Crossing is the 2011 recipient of the Laurels Award. The honor is presented annually to an individual, organization or business that has made significant contributions to the creation of great
public spaces in the metro.

Mutual of Omaha and Turner Park have served the midtown community for decades. In 2007, ground was broken on Midtown Crossing, Mutual of Omaha’s million-square-foot mixed-use development project that united the two to form Omaha’s first Civic Place District.

“Midtown Crossing is about more than big buildings with great residences, dining, entertainment and shopping. It’s about making a difference and giving back to a community that has been so good to us
for over a century. It’s about providing a surge of fresh excitement and energy. It’s about bringing ‘town’ back to midtown. These things are the greatest reward,” said Ken Cook, president of East Campus Realty,

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