New business

Townhouses, new business planned for area around 54th and Leavenworth streets

A proposal headed to the Omaha Planning Board next week would bring 19 townhouses to the area of ​​54th and Leavenworth streets. It is a part of the city that has seen a lot of changes recently. Gerda’s restaurant closed in 2019, hosting its last Oktoberfest this fall. A Max I. Walker dry cleaner is no more. The original Tasty Pizza location closed in 2021 and a fire damaged the building in Leavenworth. Then, in December, the J. Coco restaurant and Legend Comics and Coffee both moved, leaving questions about the future of their building. But plans to bring Leavenworth back to life are moving forward. Jeffrey Kilborn owns the Elmwood Pharmacy, tucked away behind the building that housed J. Coco and Legend. He and his business partner have purchased the brick building at the corner of 52nd and Leavenworth, and the pharmacy will move there. .BC Coco and Legend, the historic building once housed Wohlner’s grocery store. For Kilborn, this move is a kind of homecoming. Wohlner’s is where he started his business. “I started 25 years ago as a Wohlner’s Pharmacy,” Kilborn said. Planning continues westward, and Kilborn and his business partner have enlisted the help of Noddle Companies. Noddle scrambles to find a restaurant and bar for the old Max I. Walker building. “Perhaps the most significant project comes in the form of these 19 townhouses. They are planned at the corner of 54th and Leavenworth streets, rising to where there are currently three houses and two duplexes. we believe there is a very strong market for this,” he said, “We need more housing in these areas, and we need different types housing.” As for Kilborn, he is happy to see the area growing and happy to be a part of it all.” Elmwood Pharmacy, or myself, are really excited to be going back to where we started and continuing part of historic Elmwood,” he said. The current Elmwood Pharmacy building also houses a Nebraska medicine clinic. Kilborn said they plan for the clinic to expand and take over the entire building. .

A proposal headed to the Omaha Planning Board next week would bring 19 townhouses to the area of ​​54th and Leavenworth streets.

It is a part of the city that has seen a lot of changes recently.

Gerda’s restaurant closed in 2019, hosting its last Oktoberfest this fall.

A Max I. Walker dry cleaner is no more.

The original location of Tasty Pizza closed in 2021 and a fire damaged the building in Leavenworth.

Then in December, the J. Coco Restaurant and Legend Comics and Coffee both moved, raising questions about the future of their building.

But plans to bring Leavenworth back to life are moving forward.

Jeffrey Kilborn owns the Elmwood Pharmacy, tucked away behind the building that once housed J. Coco and Legend.

He and his business partner have purchased the brick building at the corner of 52nd and Leavenworth, and the pharmacy will move there.

“Accommodate our growing business and the staff that we have, because currently the space we have is very busy,” Kilborn said.

Before J. Coco and Legend, the historic building once housed Wohlner’s grocery store.

For Kilborn, this move is a kind of homecoming. It was with Wohlner that he started his business.

“I started 25 years ago as a Wohlner Pharmacy,” Kilborn said.

Planning continues westward, and Kilborn and his business partner have enlisted the help of Noddle Companies.

Noddle works to find a restaurant and bar tenant for the old Max I. Walker building.

“We’ve had four proposals so far, and I think the group has kind of picked a winner and is focused on getting a deal done,” said Chairman and CEO Jay Noddle. .

Perhaps the most significant project comes in the form of these 19 townhouses.

They are planned at the corner of 54th and Leavenworth streets, going up to where three houses and two duplexes currently stand.

Noddle said with Nebraska Medicine’s expected growth and activity in the urban core, there is demand.

“We do it because we think there’s a very strong market for it,” he said. “We need more housing in these areas, and we need different types of housing.”

As for Kilborn, he is happy to see the region growing and happy to be a part of it all.

“Elmwood Pharmacy, or I, are so excited to be returning to where we started and continuing to be part of the historic Elmwood neighborhood,” he said.

The current Elmwood Pharmacy building also houses a Nebraska Medicine clinic.
Kilborn said they plan for the clinic to expand and take over the entire building.

Noddle said they hope to start building the townhouses later this year.