Boost Value of office buildings

July 23, 2013

A recent article in the Midlands Business Journal discussed the types of things that could be improved to upgrade the image of an aging commercial building.  Low cost alternatives such as painting, new lighting fixtures and renovation of lobbies and restrooms can modernize the look of a building that is in good shape but is starting to show its age.  Landscaping would be another area that could have a significant impact on the first impression of the building.  This can often be done without a huge investment from the owner.  The other end of the spectrum involves a major re-purposing of an existing building to accommodate a new type of use.  This may involve significant changes in electrical and plumbing, new mechanical systems and windows etc.  The existing building may have a good enough location to justify this higher level of re-investment for a long-term return.  Basically, the analysis and feasibility of these changes can help determine the level of modernization that will make sense for an existing property.


Metro Construction & I AM Dance Choose Omar Baking Building for Their Omaha Location

July 19, 2013

On June 1st, 2013, Metro Construction opened their Omaha office on the main level of the historic Omar Bakery Building. Metro Construction joins current tenants Fit Farm and Robert Ervin Photography.

Metro Construction provides roofing, insulation, energy efficient, improvements and storm damage recovery to homes in Colorado, Nebraska, Missouri and Wyoming.  Based in Denver, Colorado, Metro Construction also has offices in St Louis, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Loveland, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. The company is committed to ethical business, environmentally friendly procedures, and customer education.

I AM Dance studio officially opened in the OMAR Baking Building on July 1st, 2013. The I AM Dance (Interdisciplinary Arts Movement) mission is to empower all youth to achieve their artistic potential and to foster an appreciation of the Performing Arts through an arts education program. Participants have the opportunity to study many forms of dance including Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater, Hip-Hop, Salsa and African just to name a few. Along with learning various dance styles students learn dance theory and its history. The company is founded by Gennean M. Scott, a native of Omaha, NE. Gennean Scott has been dancing for 35 years and traveled the country with her talent.

The OMAR Baking Building is located just off the intersection of Saddle Creek and Cuming Street, Omar is near Destination Midtown, the Saddle Creek Realignment Project, and is part of the Walnut Hill community.

For more information about Metro Construction, visit their website at or contact their Omaha office at 402-206-2030.


For more information about I AM Dance, contact Gennean Scott at (402) 955-9508 or via email at

Nebraska No. 4 in business rating!

July 15, 2013

Nebraska ranks fourth in the America’s Top States for Business, according to CNBC which is up from 6th in the prior year.  States were ranked in categories such as:  cost of doing business, workforce, quality of life, economy, infrastructure and transportation, technology and innovation, education, business friendliness, access to capital and cost of living.  The state ranked highest in the business friendly category.   Tax relief has been a focus of Governor Heineman and the unemployment  rate is at 3.8% for the state at this time.