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New redevelopment plans for Omaha’s old Civic Auditorium site

Published: May. 4, 2021 at 4:30 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Now, we know the plan for what will go in the former spot of the Civic Auditorium in downtown Omaha.

From a mixture of affordable housing and market-rate apartments to retail and office space at a place where so many of us went to Creighton Blue basketball games, UNO hockey, festivals, and concerts.

A few years ago, the first developer backed out after not being able to lock in an office tenant. This one is reverse thinking, build the apartments first for the workforce, then the tenants will come.

The Civic Auditorium opened in the mid-50s and closed in 2014 — a 60-year run.

A development group called Civic Corner will be handling the changes led by White Lotus Group. The first phase of construction will consist of 388 apartments, 268 market rate, and 120 mixed-income.

The city will sell the property to the developers for about $1.5 million, with a 2023 plan to submit plans and permits and start building.

As part of the agreement, the mixed-income housing units must have reduced cost parking set aside at the nearby city parking garage that has about 150 spaces.

Omaha mayoral candidate RJ Neary, released a statement in response to the redevelopment plans.

Mayor Stothert addressed 6 News’ question about the timing in an informal news conference Tuesday afternoon, saying the memo of understanding was signed last week.

Watch Tuesday’s news conference

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