Affordable apartments, new library part of proposal for Pershing Center block

City official on Tuesday announced an Omaha company has been selected to redevelop the Pershing Center block.
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City official on Tuesday announced an Omaha company has been selected to redevelop the Pershing Center block.

Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird said White Lotus Group plans to build a 100-unit affordable housing apartment complex, wellness center, childcare facility, retail stores, underground parking and a commons area and green space.

The proposal also designates an area along Centennial Mall and M St. for a public library, if the the community supports the location, Gaylor Baird said.

The project, as proposed, has a $54 million price tag, which would include TIF funds and low-income housing tax credits. It represents 300,00 square feet of new development.

Five proposals were reviewed by a group made up of people inside and outside city government. The plan from White Lotus Group was unanimously selected, officials said.

“We’re confident we have a great developer,” Dan Marvin, Director of Urban Development, said.

Assistant Director of Urban Development Dallas McGee said the other proposals didn’t capture the vision and potential he says the block deserves. He says the proposal meets a number of community needs, primarily when it comes to affordable housing.

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