Suburban Scene, Jan. 12 -
Published Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 1:30 am / Updated at 6:15 pm
Suburban Scene, Jan. 12

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.”

Kathy Saniuk

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.

Intoxicated man with pellet gun climbs billboard's scaffold; is arrested
Last day of 2014 Legislature: Praise, passage of a last few bills and more on mountain lions
'The war is not over,' Chambers says, but legislative session about is
A recap of what got done — and what didn't — in the 2014 legislative session
PAC funded by Senate candidate Ben Sasse's great-uncle releases Shane Osborn attack ad
Teen killed at Gallagher Park was shot in head as he sat in SUV, friend who was wounded says
When judge asks, Nikko Jenkins says ‘I killed them’
New UNO center strengthens ties between campus, community
Threat found in Millard West bathroom deemed 'not credible'
New public employee pay data: Douglas, Lancaster, Sarpy Counties, plus utilities
Nebrasks health officials to advertise jobs via drive-thru
Coral Walker named Omaha police officer of the year
Sarah Palin, Mike Lee coming to Nebraska for Ben Sasse rally
Prescription drug drop-off is April 26
Database: How much did Medicare pay your doctor?
Rather than doing $250K in repairs, owner who lives in lot behind 94-year-old house in Dundee razes it
NB 30th Street lane closed
State Patrol, Omaha police conduct vehicle inspections
Bernie Kanger formally promoted to Omaha fire chief
U.S. House incumbents have deeper pockets than their challengers
Nancy's Almanac, April 17, 2014: Trees save money
Ex-Iowan behind landmark free speech case recounts story in Bellevue
Gov. Heineman signs water bill; sponsor calls it 'landmark legislation'
Senate candidate Shane Osborn to include anti-tax activist Norquist in telephone town hall
Kelly: New $24M UNO center embodies spirit of newlywed crash victim
< >
Kelly: Creighton's McDermotts put good faces on an Omaha tradition
A comical roast Wednesday night in Omaha brought fans of Creighton basketball laughter by the bucketful. This time it was McJokes, not McBuckets, that entertained the Bluejay crowd.
Breaking Brad: At least my kid never got stuck inside a claw machine
We need a new rule in Lincoln. If your kid is discovered inside the claw machine at a bowling alley, you are forever barred from being nominated for "Mother of the Year."
Breaking Brad: How many MECA board members can we put in a luxury suite?
As a stunt at the Blue Man Group show, MECA board members are going to see how many people they can stuff into one luxury suite.
Kelly: New $24M UNO center embodies spirit of newlywed crash victim
Jessica Lutton Bedient was killed by a drunken driver at age 26 in 2010. Thursday, the widowed husband and other family members will gather with others at the University of Nebraska at Omaha to dedicate a permanent memorial to Jessica.
Breaking Brad: How much would you pay for a corn dog?
The Arizona Diamondbacks have a new concession item: a $25 corn dog. For that kind of money, it should be stuffed with Bitcoin.
Deadline Deal thumbnail
Dr. Welbes Natural Health Clinic
$129 for 2 LipoLaser Sessions with Additional Complimentary Services ($605 value)
Buy Now
< >
Omaha World-Herald Contests
Enter for a chance to win great prizes.
OWH Store: Buy photos, books and articles
Buy photos, books and articles
Travel Snaps Photo
Going on Vacation? Take the Omaha World-Herald with you and you could the next Travel Snaps winner.
Click here to donate to Goodfellows
The 2011 Goodfellows fund drive provided holiday meals to nearly 5,000 families and their children, and raised more than $500,000 to help families in crisis year round.
Want to get World-Herald stories sent directly to your home or work computer? Sign up for's News Alerts and you will receive e-mails with the day's top stories.
Can't find what you need? Click here for site map »