Omaha developer puts money down on concrete plant land
A developer interested in a former Bellevue concrete plant has given the City of Bellevue a $250,000 letter of credit — the first firm sign of the Omaha company's intent to move forward with a retail and commercial project.
Lockwood Development of Omaha had to put up the $250,000 commitment by Dec. 31 and will forfeit it if the company decides not to buy the 33-acre parcel at Fort Crook and Cornhusker Roads. Lockwood has until May 1 to close on the purchase.
Bellevue's previous agreements with the company required no financial commitment. Even a $10,000 earnest deposit was fully refundable, with interest, if Lockwood chose not to buy the land.
An attorney for Lockwood has outlined plans for a development called Cornhusker Pointe that would include a 200-room hotel, retail outlets and restaurants.
Attorney Larry Jobeun said that the development is in the planning stages and that the proposed hotel and other components are conceptual.
“Things change as you go forward,” he said. “They're calling for a hotel on the corner of Cornhusker and Fort Crook. Whether that actually comes into fruition, who knows? It's all sort of a best-guess situation.”
The City Council is expected to take up plans for the project Monday.
Sarpy Habitat headquarters moving to Southroads Mall
The headquarters of Sarpy County Habitat for Humanity will move to Southroads Mall at the end of the month.
Habitat's operations are in Olde Towne, where they have been since the group began 18 years ago as Bellevue Habitat for Humanity.
Jon Costello, executive director of the Sarpy County chapter, said he plans a soft opening for the Habitat supply store during the first two weeks of February, with a grand opening set for the second week of March.
Costello said he sees opportunities at the mall to build relationships with several churches that lease space there.
He said it was important to keep the headquarters in Bellevue. “This is where we started, and it has always been our base of operations.”
Due to 'negativity,' Saniuk won't seek council re-election
Bellevue City Councilwoman Kathy Saniuk says she can no longer endure the “negativity” flowing from the public and the press and won't seek a third term.
“Although serving on the council can be rewarding, there are aspects of it that can be quite stressful,” she said. “I have reached my limit on the amount of negativity I can withstand.”
Saniuk, who represents Ward II on the City Council, was elected to a two-year term in 2008 and re-elected to a four-year term in 2010.
She is the second member of the six-member council to decide not to seek re-election this fall.
Incumbents must file for election by Feb. 18, while challengers have until March 3.