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August 1, 2017

Omaha Plans First Entertainment District Near Convention Center

omaha marriott downtown at the capitol district

Omaha, Nebraska, is planning the city’s first entertainment district, to be anchored by a major Marriott hotel. 

The Capitol District will be a mixed-use development combining the hotel, apartments, retail, office and outdoor entertainment in the city’s downtown area. The project is slated to open in phases starting this August with the opening of the new Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District

The new Marriott hotel, managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, was designed by architecture firm LEO A DALY and is being built by JE Dunn. The 12-story glass building is a significant addition to the downtown skyline, complementing the distinctive roofline of the Omaha Convention Center with a transparent building envelope. 

The building also incorporates winged corners on its south side, enabling 270-degree views of downtown Omaha’s skyline that are unique in the city. The full-service hotel has over 17,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, hospitality suites, a rooftop swimming pool with a bar and entertainment area, a full-service restaurant and bar and an extra-large fitness center.

The hotel’s lobby is designed as a social space, with views of the convention center and city skyline. Comprising three main uses – lounge, dining room, and bar – the different portions of the grand lobby spill over into each other to create a cohesive but intimate gathering space.

Masterplanned by LEO A DALY, the Capitol District forms a link between the events district, Riverfront, Old Market, and downtown core, adding density to the two blocks between 10th and 12th Street, south of Davenport.

Capitol District will be the first entertainment district in Omaha, taking advantage of a new city ordinance that allows alcoholic beverages outdoors. To complement the wide-open concept, the mixed-use design provides portals to entertainment that celebrates community use.

The hotel and 218-unit Capitol District Apartments bookend the District on the east and west, each offering public-facing retail and bar spaces that spill out onto a central plaza, which is designed to serve as a modern town square. The hardscaped plaza will have programming year-round, such as ice-skating and outdoor concerts.

A third, retail-focused building along the site’s north side is under construction and will come online in spring 2018. The eight-level parking garage has been completed and will connect, via skywalks, to the apartments, retail building and the Omaha Marriott Downtown. The final component, an office and retail building on the south side, is in the works.

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