Fmr. Loveland Shopping Center Still Vacant
Still under developmentPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
On the biggest retail weekend of the year, one previously vibrant business district still sits empty.
The former Loveland Shopping Center is just a patch of grass, and the northwest corner of 90th & West Center Rd. has been empty for many years.
About a year ago, the old Loveland Shopping Center was demolished to make way for a new multi-tenant building with the hopes of bringing major retailers. The City of Omaha Planning Department says the owner, Slosburg Real Property, has submitted building permits and is working on the re-development process. But the estimated 50,000 cars that pass the intersection everyday see a large empty space.
The Loveland Barbershop had to relocate from the Loveland Shopping Center to Frederick Square a short distance away. They say business is good at the new place, but seeing the old property like that is sad.
"Love to see something go in there. It's too bad just to see it as an empty lot growing weeds,” said Jim Brazeal, who works at Frederick Square Barbershop. "We hear a lot of rumors of what might possibly be going down, a lot of people have a lot of different theories about what might be going in there, and would really like to see something go in there."
The City of Omaha Planning Department indicates that there aren't any plans submitted to them for the northwest corner of 90th and West Center Rd. Slosburg also owns that property, which has sat empty for at least 5 years.
On Wednesday, Slosburg Real Property told KMTV Action 3 News that there was no one in the office who could give an update on that redevelopment.