The City of Omaha is selling the Civic Auditorium site at 17th and Capitol Avenue. The nearly nine-acre site was appraised at over $10-million in 2012. Omaha
Mayor Stothert says they have studied options for the Civic and the investment required to make the necessary repairs and upgrades to the building is estimated to cost at least $29-million. It is the best business decision for the city to sell it and attract new development.
Retail, residential and office space is a possibility for the nine acre site. The deadline to submit a proposal is June 4th. Bids will open that day for the property and the city hopes to have a decision by August 22nd.
The Civic Auditorium opened in 1954 and was Omaha’s main entertainment venue. Big name artists performed there including one of Elvis Presley’s last shows in 1977. The Civic was also the site of the 1988 Vice Presidential Debate where Lloyd Bentsen told Dan Quayle that “You’re no Jack Kennedy”. The Civic Auditorium was the largest venue in the city until 2003 when the now CenturyLink Center opened.