OMAHA, Neb. — Sellers of a more than century-old warehouse in downtown Omaha envision turning the former creamery into a mixed-use apartment complex with retail space.

The old Fairmont Creamery Building is on sale for $2.6 million, the Omaha World-Herald reported .

The fate of one of the area’s last industrial brick warehouses is up to the buyer. But sellers foresee the 132,000-square-foot (12,260-square-meter) facility becoming trendy loft apartments above street-level shops.

The main part of the former creamery was built in 1898 with an addition built in 1943, according to county records.

Rich Needham’s family has owned the property since the 1970s. Only 20 percent of the space is currently used for a meat-processing business, he said.

“I’ll miss downtown,” Needham said. “I won’t miss this building; it’s just not an efficient packinghouse.”

The warehouse has sliding barnlike doors, block glass walls and near-hidden stairwells that could serve as interesting elements for a potential residential complex, said Ryan Kuehl, who is marketing the property.

The area is expected to become more pedestrian-friendly under the city’s plan to spruce up a major nearby street beginning in 2020, said Kuehl. Much of the industrial traffic surrounding the property should leave by then, he said.

Transforming the space into high-end apartments could join other residential projects trending downtown, he said.

Kuehl said there “just aren’t many of these opportunities left” to rehabilitate century-old buildings.


Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com

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