An old downtown building will soon have new life as an apartment complex. The former Northern Natural Gas Building is now the Highline and developers hope the new residential complex will be a natural tie-in to downtown and midtown Omaha.
The structure sat empty for 10 years, but now something special is happening. Workers are busy making the old office building into a residential area. Once completed, it will be the tallest residential complex in the city.
There are 17 floors in the Highline Building with three community rooms. There are close to 200 one and two-bedroom apartments and the views are some of the best the city has to offer, giving future tenants a look at every side of downtown.
Developers are hoping the Highline Building will act as a bridge between downtown and midtown. “I think this is really going to help boost the downtown area ‘cause right now everything is so Old Market centric and that’s where everybody thinks they need to be, but when you actually pull out, you see all these huge businesses in this area, kind of a business district in downtown,” said NuStyle Development’s Gabriel Gianes.
The building now has a unique 1950s look and could be the new life this area needs to grow. “This is a historic building and it is registered. A lot of our features stay very close to the original building and structure, make it an old world vintage feel with units that are updated and modern."
The Highline Apartments will offer a grand tour on Saturday. Developers hope to have a move-in date of April 1st.