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City Council to approve renovating Hinky Dinky building

Posted at 10:12 PM, Nov 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-03 23:12:40-04

A historic building on the eastern side on Benson is getting a facelift. The old Hinky Dinky building off 48th and Northwest Radial Highway is about to undergo a multi-million-dollar renovation. 

The current owner of Daddy’s Neighborhood Fresh Market, Lawrence Butler, said they plan to spend about $2.8 million on the renovation. 

“People can see the layers we have peeled off on this old building,” Butler said. 

He said Hinky Dinky Grocery was one of the original grocery stores in Omaha and the building is now a historic landmark. 

“The main thing is the community impact this will have,” Butler added. 

“It is a $2.8 million investment into this part of town with great uses,” councilmen Pete Festersen said. 

Festersen is excited about the project and said the city will vote to help provide $262,000 TIF funding. 

The ice cream shop and dance studio will be back in the space, along with the grocery store. 

“People love local, and the main thing is they want to know where there food is coming from,” said Butler. 

City Council will discuss zoning next Tuesday and have a final reading on the 21st. 

The project is expected to take about six months.