The Gretna City Council paved the way to start knocking down some of the Nebraska Crossing Outlet Mall. A portion of the demolition will start tomorrow. Three of the buildings don't have any tenants.
The new mall is expected to open in October 2013.
Miche is one of the last store's standing at Nebraska Crossing. "It is sad to see it go," Kelly Bartsch said of the mall.
She needs to be out by the end of the month along with the handful of other tenants. "Even though there haven't been many stores open we have done well because we're a destination business."
Unlike other retailers, her purse business will be okay. It is moving to downtown Gretna.
Tuesday night the architect of the project showed the Gretna City Council drawings of the $70-million project. It is expected to have Saks Fifth Avenue, Nike, and Polo as luxury-outlet anchor stores.
"Here will be venues and retailers that aren't available in the market or Nebraska. It's going to be a completely new environment...family friendly and shopper friendly," said Larry Smith of Avant Architects.
With the vote, Nebraska Crossing is one step closer to being relevant again. Even old tenants say they will stop by. "So now the big talk is a new thing is coming and we're excited to see how it develops in the future," Bartsch said.
Part of the project will be covered with sales tax incentives already approved by Gretna voters.
Much of Tuesday's city council meeting focused on the entrance to the development. Attorneys for the gas station questioned whether it will remain convenient for its customers if the traffic signal is removed by the state someday.