Aksarben Village is a 60-acre mixed-use development on the site of the former Aksarben Racetrack. Near the geographic center of the city, it is located south of a high-tech incubator complex associated with the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), several UNO dormitories and land designated for future UNO expansion. We teamed with The Haile Group of Gainesville, Florida, to prepare a conceptual master plan for the development.
The master plan included two variations with slightly different street plans and two levels of density. Both variations incorporated high-tech lease space; space for commercial office, retail, educational and civic uses; and a variety of residential units. Both plans also included a 48,000-square-foot civic facility and several acres of dedicated public space.
In 2005, the Aksarben Future Trust hired a developer that modified the plan slightly, razed the existing structures, developed a build-out phasing program and initiated site work for the overall project. Construction of the initial phases of the project began in 2007, with the first buildings opening in fall 2008.