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Capitol District set to open this month

Posted at 6:56 PM, Mar 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-09 07:37:52-05

The city is constantly finding ways to attract and keep young professionals and The Capitol District is one of their latest attempts. 

"We are trying to provide an additional destination for not only visitors, but also residents, I think everyone especially young professionals are all looking for something to do," said Event Director Rachel Halbmaier.

Halbmaier says the $205 million project near 10th and Capitol will have all the features the city is missing.

"We'll have wifi, there's fireplaces, comfortable seating, we got a stage where we will have live entertainers on the weekends and a big screen television," said Halbmaier.

"Something like that would bring more young people to Omaha," said Dylan Heyer.

The first three bars are set to open by St Patrick's Day weekend.

"You are able to grab a beer from Annie's Irish Pub and head over to Beer Can Alley, which I think everyone always has a lot of fun with," said Halbmaier 

Some young adults still say they'd rather move to a bigger city.

"It's a great thing that they are doing it, but I don't want to wait another tens years to see what they do for Omaha," said Brandon Butler.

With 15 to 20 new businesses coming, Halbmaier says the Capitol District is expanding the city.

"There wasn't this walkability between north downtown and the Old Market, we are filling that gap and providing and extra destination," said Halbmaier 

She says it's set to be completely finished by early next year, and will definitely help put downtown Omaha on the map.

"There's going to be a variety of things happening that I think everyone in Omaha and Council Bluffs surrounding the district will have a reason to go to the Capitol District," said Halbmaier.