Omaha City Council scheduled to vote on Aksarben Entertainment District Tuesday


OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - A new entertainment district could be coming to a place near you. It would be the second one for Omaha.

This district would be located in the Aksarben Village. It would allow people to leave a bar with an alcoholic drink to be in a designated spot outdoors.

Right now, the Capitol District is the only one of its kind, but a city council vote as early as Tuesday could change that.

"That's a very interesting idea," said Bailee Fought, an Aksarben visitor.

Developers with Noddle Companies are looking to add an Aksarben Entertainment District. It's asking the city to designate the base of the new HDR Headquarters as the site of that district.

"It would save a lot of time than going downtown," said Fought.

Not everyone is sure an Aksarben Entertainment District would be a good fit.

"I don't know how the people that usually come here a lot would take it," said Mary-Kate Case, an Aksarben visitor. "This seems more like restaurants and more low-key, not so much as a bar scene."

If the Omaha City Council gives the green light to the district, Assistant City Attorney William Acosta-Trejo says to not expect it to open up overnight.

"It's still a multi-step process," said Acosta-Trejo.

He told FOX 42 News Monday there are certain things that need to be considered before a grand opening can happen.

"It just kind of depends on the entertainment district and how fast they can get businesses and bars and restaurants into the area."

Acosta-Trejo says it's a process that could take several months because contracts with tenants and liquor licenses are also a part of the process.

If the entertainment district does get the green light, it would not be a part of the entire Aksarben area. The Baxter Arena, for example, where the UNO hockey team plays would not be included.

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