There are more changes coming to Omaha’s riverfront. The former Rick’s Café Boatyard and then the Storz Trophy Room Grill and Brewery building will see the wrecking ball soon. Storz took over nearly three years ago but was shut down by the city for non-payment of rent. Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert says there are several reasons why it has to come down.
Mayor Stothert says, “We’ve been working with leaders in Council Bluffs and with our non-profit heritage on how we can revitalize the riverfront area. The building needs to be demolished. The building needs to be demolished. It is too big and isolated and in bad shape. It has a bad roof, bad plumbing and the heating and air conditioning is out. It has had chronic odors in the building which is not good for a restaurant.”
Mayor Stothert says they do have plans for the area that may include several smaller restaurants, a museum, things that would bring children down there all the time like a destination playground. They want to build something that makes people want to travel down to that every day of the year. They also want to improve access to the location.
There are some limits as to what can be done at the location because it is a superfund site. The building sits on an environmental cap that cannot be damaged or drilled. There are also restrictions in place by the Army Corps of Engineers and nothing can be disturbed within fifteen feet of the sea wall. The city will likely start demolition in late summer.