If you've driven near 10th and Capitol Streets recently you may have noticed new high rise buildings going up. Those buildings will make up the new Capitol District dining and entertainment development.
The project is spearheaded by Shamrock Development and President Mike Moylan says things are moving right along to bring Omaha something that the city hasn't seen before. "What we're building is a destination dining and entertainment district, serving Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa."
The development will be made up of five buildings surrounding a large courtyard in the middle. "Our plaza is gonna be a state of the art, modern day version of the town square. So we're trying to make sure that we program it and we have events down there encouraging organic events to occur, but at the same time we can plan something for 200 to 2,000 people."
Some of the events in the plaza will range from small and large concerts alike, as well as being the new home of the popular ConAgra ice rink during the holiday season.
One of the five buildings will be a full-service Marriott Hotel that will sit on 10th Street complete with ballrooms, meeting rooms and 333 hotel rooms.
On the west end of the development will be an apartment building with 212 units with retail space on the first floor.
A building on the north side will be a parking garage and two smaller building with office and retail space round out the development.
Many people will be drawn to the district by the bars and restaurants, and Moylan says there will be a little bit of something for everyone. "In total we'll have somewhere between fifteen and twenty restaurants, some smaller ones and some larger ones. But all of them will be restaurants and bars that will be focused on providing entertainment driven venues around the district."
No restaurants or bars have been announced as tenants yet, but Moylan says there has been a lot of interest from the hospitality community in the spaces.
Moylan says the project will open in phases, with the first section opening by the end of the summer. "The first phase will open here in July and August, which will include the hotel, the parking and the apartment building. Into the next year, the other two buildings will be finished and all the retail will be open by the end of 2018."