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Developers hope to revitalize Blackstone Hotel

Posted at 2:26 PM, Jul 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-10 18:42:47-04

A century old symbol of Omaha is being revitalized to become a mainstay of the Blackstone neighborhood once again. 

Developers GreenSlate and Clarity are pouring $75 million into redoing the Blackstone Hotel on 36th and Farnam. 

The hotel, which was built in 1915 and added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1985, was a mainstay of the Gold Coast Era of Omaha. The developers hope to turn the building back into a luxury hotel by 2020. 

After it was originally built, some guests would stay in the space for months and even years. It featured a ballroom, restaurants and marble staircase and GreenSlate and Clarity hope to recapture that grandeur. 

The renovation project will feature luxury rooms, a pool, grand ballroom, a fitness center and restaurants.

The developers are applying for tax increment financing and funds through state and national historical grants.