omaha, nebraska


omaha economic development corporation & love’s jazz and arts center


 +/- 320 acres


3.2 million sf


land uses:
retail, restaurants, entertainment, residential, office, hotel, cultural, university, artist studios, civic/public, urban farm, streetscape, & park

Village Square Development Plan

Village Square Development Plan is an economic development revitalization strategy, funded by a National Endowment of the Arts grant, for the East Village, a historically African-American community with a rich jazz, rhythm and blues, and arts cultural center north of Downtown Omaha. As part of an intensive week-long workshop, stakeholder outreach, and final report, the plan focuses on strengthening the connection along 24th Street as a link to Creighton University in the south. The plan consisted of five redevelopment areas: Village Square Area - the core development area around Village Square, a new urban park; Technology Park - a jobs corridor; University Village - a mixed use town center with student housing adjacent to Creighton University; Urban Mosaic - an eclectic mix of neighborhoods at varying densities; and the Farm and Market - which includes vacant lots converted to a 7-acre urban park and an  historic warehouse building converted to an indoor outdoor farmer’s market.

The revitalization strategy consists of developing an East Village core around Village Square; rebirthing 24th Street as the “Street of Dreams;” increasing densities; providing creative space to support the arts, artists, and artisans; incorporating market-rate housing; activating vacant blocks; growing and distributing locally grown food; and creating a university village. Adaptively reused shipping containers were use to create low-cost, short-term micro-retailing opportunities  and  a village of artist studios around the Union for Contemporary Art.

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.