About Aksarben Village
Aksarben Village is a new million sq ft mixed-use development located on the land of the old Ak-sar-ben coliseum and horse track in Midtown Omaha, Nebraska. There is over 750,000 sq ft of space for research and business office and 250,000 sq ft of retail and entertainment space. There are over 500 housing units and a 135 room hotel. There is also a 4 1/2 acre park that features a 90 ft tall obelisk. After the Knights of Ak-Sar-Ben turned over the land to Douglas County in the 1990s, the county first tried to keep the horse track and colliseum open, but both failed. The land was then turned over to the Aksarben Future Trust who now owns the land. Then on Jun 26, 2005 plans were announced to turn the land into a pedestrian friendly mixed-use development combined with the south campus of University of Nebraska at Omaha, Aksarben Campus, and the already built First Data Campus. Construction began in 2006 and the first businesses began to open in 2008. Aksarben Village is home to some of Omaha's major companies. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska is currently building a 10-story building to open in 2010 and will house their headquarters.