The Douglas County Board is expected to consider using eminent domain to move forward with its plan for a new Juvenile Justice Center in the downtown area.
Tuesday's agenda outlines the possibility which would build the site in the area between 18th and 19th streets between Harney and Howard streets.
Monday - owner of the building Bob Perrin - invited 3 News Now inside the building for a tour.
Building at 18th and Harvey is being considered for a site of new juvenile justice center. Building’s owner says it’s of historical significance and shouldn’t be destroyed. The issue will be discussed at Do Co Board of Commissioners tomorrow. @3NewsNowOmaha pic.twitter.com/fer9Awd3vB
— Megan Hahn (@meganhahnTV) July 9, 2018
Marcy Mason plans to one day renovate the buildings into office space and condominiums.
Perrin also states the building was once home to a 1920-30's car dealership and a laboratory for the Army Corps of Engineers and has historical significance.
Documents show the county is interested in property belonging to Marcy Mason, LLC, located near 18th and Howard streets, and offered $900,000 for the multi-story building. However, the county says the owner rejected it last May.
Perrin maintains he had no knowledge of the County's offer for sale.
Further plans show the commissioners would like to relocate the the juvenile court and other related services to the proposed center.
The county projects the project cost $120 million dollars.