Suburban Scene, Dec. 8 - Omaha.com
Published Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 5:02 pm
Suburban Scene, Dec. 8

Ralston looks to ‘Hinge’ arena and downtown, attract traffic

A new, ambitious vision for Ralston’s front door is a major goal of the city’s 20-year future development plan.

Ralston, with the help of JEO Consulting and more than a dozen local stakeholders, has plotted out something called “The Hinge” for 72nd and Main Streets.

The Hinge would be a commercial and residential development for the city’s eastern edge. It would aim to use the Ralston Arena to turn more traffic into the city and become a gateway to downtown Ralston.

“It’s really a neat concept,” Mayor Don Groesser said. “We’ve created the arena, and now if we make that connection to downtown through this thing called The Hinge, we have the beginnings of something really new and different for the city.”

The development would have a lake with a fountain, trails and buildings around a central parking garage. It also would incorporate Ralston’s Old Granary.

Springfield council approves splash pad bid that fits budget

Springfield is getting a splash pad.

The Springfield City Council last week accepted a bid for its splash pad project after Mayor Mike Dill negotiated with low bidder Dostals Construction.

The cost of construction will be $236,855. Additional engineering fees, construction testing and construction engineering will cost at least $15,700.

The council had previously rejected two rounds of proposals because they exceeded what the city budgeted for the project.

This report includes material from the World-Herald News Service.

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Emily covers Papillion, La Vista, Gretna and Springfield, as well as metro-area roads.

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