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Jamie Gutierrez Mora, owner and president of Midwest Maintenance Co., was appointed by the Omaha City Council in March. Midwest Maintenance Co. provides cleaning services for the CenturyLink Center, the Omaha Civic Auditorium and TD Ameritrade Park.
Gutierrez Mora is a registered voter in Douglas County, but has not voted there, according to county election records. She owns a home in Bellevue with a tax value of roughly $600,000. That is not the address listed on the résumé that Gutierrez Mora gave the city upon her appointment.
Voters who have previously registered in Nebraska can register in a different county without having to provide proof of address, said Valerie Stoj, spokeswoman for the Douglas County Election Commission.
“Without a doubt, (TIF) is extremely important to the success of this particular site,” he said. “We’re looking at a large-scale, mixed-use development we’d like to have occur all at one time, and it cannot be done without the support of TIF.”
Officials with the city and the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority have pointed to the hotel as a key attraction for convention bookers. With the Hilton Omaha, the new Marriott that will go up on the site at 10th Street and Capitol Avenue will provide more rooms for people attending events at the CenturyLink Center.
Councilman Chris Jerram said “there’s plenty of time between now and the next vote” to iron out more specifics, including how exactly city government will get involved — and, Jerram said, the nuances needed to make that work.
Cassie Seagren, Stothert’s deputy chief of staff for economic development, said the city’s commitment will be funded without a tax increase or a delay in projects prioritized in Omaha’s plan for capital improvements.
“I would just say we’re exploring all (funding) options at this point,” Seagren told council members Tuesday.
There definitely seems to be outside interest in the property. The city says it will continue courting several prospective tenants for the site. Plus, in the past two days, even I’ve heard from prospective tenants: a noted Kansas City restaurateur and a local private equity firm.
On today’s council agenda: the latest sign of plans for a new bridge that would make it easier to walk, run or bike from north downtown to the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge.
The project, which could cost close to $3.8 million is still at least a few years down the road — planning officials told us construction likely wouldn’t start until 2016, at the earliest. But the city is beginning to explore planning and design options for a bridge that would stretch across the railroad tracks between the riverfront and destinations such as TD Ameritrade Park.
All told, the upgrades will cost MECA $5.8 million. It’s a big investment, but officials say there’s no way around it; Technology has changed considerably since the original equipment went up in 2003. Repairs were getting too expensive and other venues are outpacing the CenturyLink’s video capabilities.
MECA president Roger Dixon said the new equipment, which will be in before hockey season starts in the fall, will make for a noticeably sharper viewing experience. More cameras will capture different angles on the action to display on the big screen.
City officials said they envision a national search for a good match. The consultant will conduct a market study to find out what development would be the best fit for the site and for the city’s master plan.
Think you can handle it? The copy of the city’s entire RFP is pasted below.
Preliminary estimates peg the cost to demolish the 9,300-seat auditorium, Music Hall and convention hall at $5 million to $7 million, Suttle said. The estimates, however, did not include an environmental study of the structure, and the actual cost could be higher.
“The City of Omaha believes that the Civic Auditorium and Music Hall structures are not economically feasible for rehabilitation and continued use,” the city’s request for proposals says. ”It is anticipated that these structures would be removed as part of a redevelopment project. It is also anticipated that the Parking Structure will be retained by the City of Omaha but may be available to support the redevelopment project.”
Mayor Jim Suttle’s office says the City Council’s rejection of another study on the future of the Civic was the last straw for the facility. For years, officials had tossed around several ideas, including prserving the 2,315-seat Music Hall while demolishing the rest of the rest of the building.
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