omaha, nebraska



omaha economic

development corporation

& love's jazz and

arts center



+/- 3 acres



approx. 150,000 sf


Land Uses:

retail, restaurants, office,

entertainment, residential,

cultural, civic/public,

artist units, streetscape,

& open space

Village Square - Park Design

The main component of the Village Square Development Plan is the conceptual design for Village Square. Village Square includes a 1.25-acre, privately-managed park designed as the signature open space within the core of the East Village. The square preserves mature trees on the site to create three interconnected open spaces of varying sizes and character: Festival Plaza, Hope Promenade, and the Gardens. Each space is designed to maximize flexibility and is crafted around a programming strategy developed for daily, weekly, monthly, and annual activities in the overall space. The activities program caters to the arts, history, family, faith, food and fitness, important themes uncovered during the outreach process.


A unique feature of the park is an artisan development that utilizes adaptively reused, stacked shipping containers to create artist studios above shops on the ground floor as an active edge to the park. The park design, as part of a week-long workshop, stakeholder meetings, and final report, includes streetscape improvements along Ohio, Lake, and 24th Streets as edges to the park; preliminary pricing and park management structure; the integration of the Love’s Jazz and Arts Center and 24th Street as the gateway to the park; relocation strategy for OSBN; the conversion of the OSBN buildings to the Dog Bone black box theater and a music school; parking; and an economic development strategy for infill and leasing of vacant building directly fronting the park.


The project depicted hereon is a project of Cooper Carry, Inc. Richard J Flierl was principal-in-charge of this project while employed by Cooper Carry, Inc.