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The iconic building in the Blackstone district has a new name

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – For decades, the Kiewit Corporation of Omaha has lit up the skies of downtown Omaha.

When the engineering and construction company moved its headquarters from downtown, it caught the eye of area business owners.

“Losing Kiewit downtown and with the majority of Mutual of Omaha people still working from home after two years and with them moving downtown, that represents major changes in that area,” Bill Baburek said.

Bill Baburek owns the Crescent Moon Ale House, he’s been right across the square for over 20 years.

“We’ve seen a lot of change since 1996 when we moved here, it seems like the change has really accelerated over the last six to seven years. Many changes. »

This area has changed. More restaurants, more bars, more people and more business, and today the building on the corner of 36th and Farnam has had a name change. Gone is Kiewit, the top of the tower now spells Blackstone Plaza.

“This name Kiewit Plaza was created around 1960 and here we are in 2022 and we are getting a new name. We’re going through a complete renovation, we’re getting a new lobby, we’re getting a new fitness center, we’ve got a new cloud room, all new mechanical windows, everything is new,” said John Lund.

John Lund is the owner of Blackstone Plaza, he says the office tower is already 50-55% leased and more businesses are on the way.

“We are finding more people interested in being in this part of town than we ever dreamed of, I think the light rail is a big help, I think the downtown area with the headquarters announcement Mutual of Omaha’s social has been good, I think this area is just hot.

Rebecca Boylan is the owner of The Frame Service, she says the name change on the building across the street reflects the neighborhood and all the changes that have been made in this area over the years.

“Well, since we came here it’s been pretty empty and now we’ve got a lot of residents at both ends, we’ve got a lot of young people moving into medical students, a lot of energy I would say, and a lot more a sense of neighborhood. Once it’s filled, Blackstone Plaza will be full of workers walking, lunches and activities so welcomed,” Boylan said.

Lund says he plans to have an official grand opening of Blackstone Plaza this summer.

WOWT will also be moving to Blackstone Plaza.

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