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Entertainment district proposed to be built south of Werner Park on Highway 370 in Sarpy County

Posted at 6:39 PM, Jun 05, 2019

PAPILLION, Neb. (KMTV) — It might not look like farms now, but Sarpy County has major plans for a plot of land located just south of Werner Park.

The county is in the early stages of building an entertainment district in the heart of the county. Called Generations, the proposed development will be located right near Werner Park on Highway 370 between 120th and 126th streets.

"It's a pretty good size market and can sustain an entertainment district as proposed," said Fred Uhe, Director of Tourism in Sarpy County. Uhe believe the proposed entertainment district could be the start of many new local hang outs.

"You look at Omaha you have Benson, Blackstone, Midtown, downtown. People will take advantage of ammenities," Uhe said.

Currently there is tons of construction around Werner Park, with multiple developments being built.

"It's a lot of people," Uhe said. "A lot of people need to be entertained. 370 is our main east-west transportation corridor and people are realizing that it's a great place to do business."

Werner Park will be the district's anchor. The goal's to have baseball and soccer fans combine shopping and dining with their day at the ballpark.

"We're excited about any potential development that will be happening along the 370 corridor," said Martie Cordaro, President and General Manager of the Omaha Storm Chasers.

Sarpy County is the fastest growing county in Nebraska. Officials hope the proposed entertainment districts increase revenue in the county.

"I think this is a opportunity for us to keep our dollars here at home," Uhe said. "A development like that is a natural for tourism like us and we'll have another chance to promote a destination in Sarpy County. The fact the economy has improved and investors are taking the step to create a district around there is very good."

The proposed entertainment district hasn't been approved yet. According to our partners at the Omaha World-Herald, developer Jerry Torczon is in charge of the 62-acre project. We reached out to his parent compnay, BHI Development, but did not hear back. The project is still in the planning stage.