A rally to save three older buildings in downtown Omaha was held Sunday. The city of Omaha is in the process of buying the buildings that will eventually be torn down to expand the Holland Performing Arts Center and for H-D-R-‘s headquarters. Kristine Gerber is the executive director of Restoration Exchange and is pleased with the support she has seen to save these buildings.
Gerber says, “300 that made it down there but we have over 2,700 on our FaceBook page now too. I have heard from hundreds and hundreds of people that are supportive too. We are tired of buildings like this being torn down and we want them saved.”
Gerber says they are also working with both the Holland and H-D-R to incorporate these buildings into their future plans. She says along with a parking garage they want a restaurant, administrative office and a place to entertain their patrons and these buildings would be perfect for those plans.
Much of the concern centers on the Christian Specht Building that was erected in 1884. It is the only one left in the state with a cast iron facade. Gerber says all three buildings are occupied with businesses and apartments on the upper floors.