Omaha’s Billion Dollar Makeover

More than $8 billion in new development is reshaping Omaha and the convention attendee experience.

Mutual of Omaha Tower: The Fortune 300 insurance company is building a 44-story building in the heart of Omaha's downtown area. The stunning $433 million glass tower will provide a picturesque backdrop to the newly re-developed Gene Leahy Mall. Upon its completion, the 677 ft.-tall structure will be the tallest building in a multi-state region including Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Wyoming and the Dakotas. The expected completion date is in 2026.

Downtown Streetcar: Downtown Omaha is set to welcome a $306 million streetcar in 2026. The streetcar will run on a three-mile route from Cass to Farnam on South 10th Street, Farnam west to 42nd Street, and back to 10th Street on Harney.

The RiverFront: $325 million transformational development including three existing parks over 72 acres. Features will include a Performance Pavilion, Sculpture Garden, interactive water features, Skate Ribbon, Event Lawns, Urban Beach, destination playgrounds, and The Kiewit Luminarium, a multi-million dollar STEM interactive family museum. The first of three parks has reopened. Check out current renderings here.

Omaha Airport (OMA): A $600 million modernization, renovation, and expansion of Omaha's airport.

Google Data Center: Google is building a data center in northwest Omaha, part of the search giant's $750 million investment in the state. Construction will last an estimated 18-24 months. Upon completion, it will be the third major Google facility in the region.

Avenue One: An upcoming $1.5 billion neighborhood dedicated to walkability and wellness. More than 200 acres of modern living and entertainment.

The Mercantile: This $500 million project will bring a 20-acre mixed-use development to downtown Omaha. It will add new residential, commercial, retail and green space to the area.  

The Crossroads: A $500 million entertainment district is coming to the site of the former Crossroads shopping mall. The new mixed-use development will transform the aging mall into a modern space with restaurants, shops, a hotel, and a pavilion for outdoor entertainment.

The Row at Heartwood Preserve: West Omaha will soon include a downtown-style district. The Row is a $500 million development including a hotel, restaurants, and shops.

MH Landing: A $90 million project in the central part of Omaha will be a mixed-use development including retail, restaurants, hotel accommodations and living space.

Topgolf: $23 million entertainment, competition and recreation center open now.

Kiewit Luminarium: Multi-million-dollar STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) interactive family museum in Lewis and Clark Landing with riverfront views open now.

Steelhouse Omaha: $109 million downtown music venue with capacity for 3,000 which opened in May 2023.

Omaha Performing Arts: $103 million arts venue that will accommodate extra rehearsal, workroom and classroom space in order to expand current and new programming.

Millwork Commons: A new urban entertainment district is planned for the north downtown area. The $300 million mixed-use development will include restaurants, music venues, a hotel, shops, and more.

Joslyn Art Museum Expansion: The 42,000-square-foot Rhonda and Howard Hawks Pavilion will add to Omaha's stunning, pink marble masterpiece. Light-filled galleries will be designed to assist in expanding the permanent collection. Will also include new community spaces and enhanced amenities that support increased public programs.

The Catalyst: The healthcare leader is transforming a historically industrial area into a $65 million facility designed to act as an incubator for startups. The 170,000 sq. ft. campus will include an Innovation Hub, food hall, other businesses, and community amenities.

UNMC's Project NExTA multibillion-dollar federal disaster response and medical training center designed to enhance the nation’s ability to respond to hazards like natural disasters, environmental accidents and highly contagious diseases.

Blackstone District: A new 205-room Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel. The $75 million property opened in November 2020. This historic area also includes restaurants, breweries, and sweet shops.

The Capitol District: Directly across from the downtown convention center, this new $200 million development includes a town square surrounded by pubs, restaurants, and a 333-room Marriott hotel.

The Farnam Hotel, Autograph Collection: The 120-room upscale, boutique property in downtown Omaha opened in March 2021.