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Omaha World Herald

Multiple explosions and a fire in an underground concrete electrical vault rocked downtown Omaha and forced the evacuation of a nearby hotel, but no injuries were reported. Authorities say the incident happened Monday night when a power transformer that sits under the sidewalk next to the Doubletree Hotel caught fire. Acting Omaha Fire Battalion Chief Mickey McLaughlin says explosions from the transformer continued after firefighters arrived, producing a large amount of smoke and flames coming from the sidewalk grates over the vault. The hotel was not damaged by the nearby fire.

Eighth St. Construction Ends Today

Oct 23, 2020
Riverfront Revitalisation

After being closed for more than a year and a half, Eighth Street between Douglas and Farnam in Omaha will reopen to southbound traffic tomorrow (Fri). Eighth Street closed in March of 2019 as the RiverFront project construction began. Since then, land in the area has been brought up to grade and the street repaved.

KPTM

New details are being revealed in the case of a man who is accused of planting a fake bomb in downtown Omaha.  Prosecutors say 25-year-old Thomas Trouba had 863 pounds of marijuana, more than 400-thousand-dollars in cash and other drugs when he was arrested.  Surveillance footage shows Trouba allegedly placing two suspicious packages outside the courthouse last Friday.  Bond in the case has been set at two-million-dollars.  

The Downtown Improvement District Association in Omaha says it's hearing false reports of businesses being told to close ahead of possible demonstrations linked to the James Scurlock grand jury hearing. The association says the false reports are being spread by agitators, not the association, city, protest organizers or Omaha Police. Scurlock was allegedly shot to death by bar owner Jake Gardner during a fight outside his downtown bar.

Officials have announced plans to build a flexible music venue in downtown Omaha.

 Omaha Performing Arts President Joan Squires said Wednesday that it's hoped the venue's size and configuration will appeal to touring artists. Fundraising has begun for the $109 million facility. Officials say it will be able to hold up to 3,000 patrons and have no fixed seats. It will sit just north of the Holland Performing Arts Center. The opening is planned for 2023.

Downtown Omaha Wayfinding Project Unveiled

Feb 22, 2013

New signage in and around downtown Omaha will help guide both out of town and in town visitors.

Joe Gudenrath, Executive Director for Omaha’s Downtown Improvement District, says downtown parking has been an issue for residents, visitors and business owners for a number of years.  

A little over a year ago, the DID decided to conduct a study of the current public parking system. 

Gudenrath says it examines the current parking conditions to see how the city can better maximize use of the existing parking assets.