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Finding your way to places like the Durham Museum, the Orpheum Theater, Turner Park and the Lauritzen Botanical Gardens is about to get easier.
This week, the city started putting up the first of 88 signs meant to help drivers and pedestrians locate some of the city’s most popular destinations. The $800,000 project has been in the works since Mike Fahey was in the Mayor’s Office, but finally started picking up speed about a year and a half ago.
If you live in Dundee, own a business there or are just curious about the construction that will take over the area around North 50th Street and Underwood Avenue this spring and summer, take note.
The last public meeting about the city’s planned $2.5 million renovation will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, at the Neighborhood Center. It’s located at 115 South 49th Ave. Officials will show off the final design and construction plan for the projects (including renderings like the one above, from Snyder & Associates.)
Planned upgrades include new traffic lights, expanded curbs, additional landscaping and angled parking. The city is taking input here.
When completed, the new shopping center would offer 400,000 square feet of retail space, compared with the current mall’s 700,000 square feet. The center’s “smart” network will guide visitors via their mobile phones to available parking, promotions and ongoing events.
At a public Omaha Planning Department meeting last week to discuss the redevelopment of the 72nd and Dodge Streets corridor area, residents thronged around developer Rodney Yates and bombarded him with the names of retailers they would like to see occupy the new shopping center.
“I’ve heard REI, Nordstrom, Macy’s, H&M,” Yates said, smiling. “Every year $1.5 billion leaves Nebraska because we don’t have some of the stores where people want to shop — they take their money to another state and shop.”
We’ll have more details in the coming weeks, but each campaign provided The World-Herald with a general overview of its fundraising efforts in 2012:
» Democratic Mayor Jim Suttle’s campaign said it raised roughly $350,000.
» Republican Councilwoman Jean Stothert’s campaign said it raised $330,000. That included roughly $100,000 transferred from her City Council committee.
» Former City Council President Dan Welch, a Republican, reported raising $278,000, including some $12,000 from his council committee.
» Businessman Dave Nabity, a Republican and a key figure in the attempted Suttle recall in 2011, reported raising $273,000.
» And State Sen. Brad Ashford, an independent, reported raising $170,000, including $16,000 moved from his legislative campaign committee.
We’re on pace for the most expensive local election in the city’s history.
“I’m confident this will be the largest balance of any current city councilman or challenger … and comparable to what you’ll soon find with the mayoral candidates, I’m told,” Festersen told us earlier today. Festersen will face Edward Truemper, a pediatrician who works at Children’s Hospital and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
At first blush, it looks like this year’s city election is going to be a robust arms (e.g. fundraising) race. Mayoral candidates are pulling in some serious cash.
Stothert’s campaign announced it raised $330,000 in 2012, a figure that includes roughly $100,000 from Stothert’s City Council campaign fund. Stothert’s campaign said much of its spending was on office space, staff and research. The campaign declined to identify specific donors ahead of a finance report deadline later this month.
We’ve watched this issue closely, and will have plenty more analysis on the money involved in Omaha’s elections soon.
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