Hotel, stores and restaurants proposed for Bellevue site
A 200-room hotel, retail stores and restaurants are proposed for a former concrete plant property in Bellevue, according to a plan from the developer.
Royce Cornhusker LLC is seeking $4.2 million in tax-increment financing from the City of Bellevue. The total taxable value of the Cornhusker Pointe development is estimated at $26 million.
The 33-acre site, northwest of Fort Crook and Cornhusker Roads, would be divided into 12 lots.
The developer is Lockwood Development, which has been involved in retail projects and hotels around the Omaha metro area.
Ralston superintendent will keep working during treatment
Ralston Public Schools Superintendent Mark Adler has been diagnosed with cancer but plans to stay on the job as his treatment begins.
Adler, 45, was diagnosed with follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma this month. He said the cancer is treatable, most likely through a course of chemotherapy and other medications.
“But the prognosis is good,” he said. “I've got a great doctor, and we're going to fight this deal.”
Adler said the cancer began as a small lump on his neck that he discovered in July. As the lump remained, Adler decided to get it checked out.
“I feel very blessed to be in a good place with caring people,” he said.
Bellevue forgives some debt for troubled baseball complex
The City of Bellevue is forgiving some of the financial obligations owed by the troubled World Baseball Village complex.
The complex, financed primarily by local investors with support from an investment group from Utah, opened in April 2010 with hopes of using its proximity to the College World Series to draw youth teams from across the country.
Launched in the midst of the recession, and hit in 2011 with Missouri River flooding, the complex sustained severe blows just as it was trying to get on its feet.
Bellevue City Attorney Patrick Sullivan presented a restructured financial agreement to the City Council on Dec. 9. The city would forgive four years of team payments and refinance the $4.5 million bond issue that made the complex possible.
The new agreement would forgive roughly $40,000 in team fees due to the city. Those fees accumulated from 2010 to 2013.
A bond payment due Dec. 15 was reduced from $285,058.75 by crediting money sitting in a reserve fund and by using money held back to satisfy liens that no longer apply. Those deductions reduced the payment to $191,875, an amount that general manager Doug Hill delivered to City Hall.
Hill said he is confident that better times lie ahead, and thought is being given to adding fall baseball, soccer and lacrosse.
Hill said more teams have signed up for the June 2014 baseball tournaments than did for 2013. Teams are coming from around the country, he said, including Florida, California, Washington and Michigan.
Council rejects 2 bids for Bellevue fishing pier
American Heroes Park will have to wait a little longer for a fishing pier. The Bellevue City Council rejected two bid proposals to build the pier.
Parks Superintendent Mike Francis told council members in a memo that he would work with RDG Planning & Design to come up with a pier more in line with the $80,000 to $100,000 the city set aside for the project.
The bids came in at $164,590 and $178,000.
The fishing pier is one of many proposed improvements for the riverfront park that sits on land formerly occupied by the Kramer power plant.