New Apartments Going In At Old Butter-Nut Site

A little more than 10 years ago, Omaha lost one of its most beloved landmarks to a fire.

In January 2004, the Butter-Nut coffee building was being transformed into new housing when a construction accident started the blaze. The building was condemned later that year.

Jeff Jorgensen, owner of the Old Market Candy Shop, was around when the building caught fire. He remembers seeing the smoke.

"It’s a very sad thing any time we see an historic building burn in the old market," Jorgensen said.

But now, a new $22.5 million apartment complex, The Corvina, is taking over the space. The U-shaped, 126,000 square foot building will house 125 new tenants.

Business owners in the Old Market are hoping the new apartments will bring in more business.

"It’s good to have activity downtown," said Joe Pittack, owner of Ted and Wally's Ice Cream. "More apartments, more lofts, gets more people downtown so it’s good to have things going"

The new complex is still in the beginning stages of construction and is scheduled to open next summer.

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