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Blackstone rehabilitation project set to be complete in the Spring of 2020

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Posted at 12:27 PM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 13:45:13-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — The Blackstone Hotel rehabilitation project is set to be complete by the spring of 2020.

Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants announced its first property in the area with this rehabilitation project. Partnering with two prominent Omaha developers, Clarity Development Company and GreenSlate Development, Kimpton will help create a world-class hotel.

The renovations for the hotel include 205 guest rooms, a steakhouse, a swimming pool in a resort-style setting and almost 11,000 square feet of meeting space including the restored famed rooftop Grand Ballroom. Richard Nixon announced his 1968 presidential candidacy from that ballroom.

Our partners at the Omaha World-Herald report that Clarity Development and GreenSlate originally partnered together for a $75 million plan for the hotel back in 2018.

The hotel, originally built back in 1916, was one of the earliest structures in Nebraska listed on the National Register of Historical Places, and was once the premier hotel for travelers between Chicago and San Francisco. The Orleans Room Restaurant in the hotel was also the birthplace of the Reuben sandwich.