In Omaha, Nebraska, developers have plans for a community that’s almost as big as the prairie sky is wide.
Curt Hofer of Jasper Stone Development is bringing a $1.2 billion “gateway to western Omaha” that includes retail, residential, offices, and green space, the Omaha World-Herald reports.
Jasper Stone is partnering with planners at HOK to realize the project.
The 180-acre planned community, christened Avenue One, would sit near 192nd Street and West Dodge Road, in an area that is now mostly suburbs and farmland. The Omaha Planning Board gave preliminary approval for the project last week.
A seven-acre central plaza would anchor the development, which is focused on health for people of all ages. The project will feature over 2,000 residential units and 1.3 million square feet of commercial space connected by 26 acres of open space and laced with six miles of walking and bike trails.
Pending final approvals, Avenue One will take 15 years to build. The project is expected to break ground later this year, and phase one should come online in 2018.
HOK, a global firm with four Midwest offices, has realized a number of projects in the region over the past year. In Missouri, the firm is designing a 20,000-seat MLS stadium for the Saint Louis FC, and in the same city, HOK is tending to the new GROW pavilion at the St. Louis Science Center, designed in collaboration with Arcturi. In Michigan, HOK completed a light-filled courthouse for the city of Kalamazoo, and across the lake, the firm is designing an interdisciplinary physical science research center for the University of Chicago.