Civic Auditorium Will Close in 2014
Omaha, NE - For Sale: Ten acres in downtown Omaha, comes with an auditorium, music hall and convention space.
Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle announced Wednesday the city will hire a consultant to conduct a nationwide search for a developer to buy the civic auditorium property. The mayor calls the ten-acre site essential to continue the redevelopment of downtown Omaha.
"We want the legacy of the civic the continue," said Mayor Suttle. "This auditorium has played a pivotal role in our community, hosting everything from concerts to the country's top music performers, to the circus, to dance recitals and decades of graduations.
Omaha Planning Director Rick Cunningham says the Civic property at 18th and Capitol is prime land, "Ten acres in an urban core is definitely a sweet deal. It can have a game-changing impact on the surrounding area."
The consultant will help determine if the Civic will be torn down before the property is sold. Estimates show it could cost up to $7 billion to demolish.
The Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority will continue to book shows and events at the Civic through June 2014.