Demolition crews could start tearing down the distressed Nebraska Crossing outlet mall in Gretna as early as next month to make way for its $70 million replacement.
Redevelopment plans previously hinged on talk of renovating the retail mall into a high-tech shopping center, rather than tearing down the existing storefronts to start over.
Shayne Fili, owner of Auction Solutions Inc., an Omaha-based auctioneer, said developers contacted her company recently to conduct a salvage auction of existing furnishings from the mall that runs along Interstate 80 between Omaha and Lincoln.
Fili said the developers indicated that they plan to do a complete demolition of the storefronts.
“They will be pushing over all the buildings with the wrecking ball sometime in January,” she said. “But they don't have a concrete date, and there are still some tenants out there that need to be relocated.”
Gretna city officials confirmed that the developers had applied for a demolition permit.
Scottsdale, Ariz., developer Rod Yates said Thursday that he did not want to talk about construction timelines.
New Gretna Mayor Jim Timmerman said he hopes to meet with the developers before Tuesday night's City Council meeting. Public hearings on the future of the site are on the docket for Tuesday.
City Clerk Tammy Tisdall said the developers are still aiming for a grand opening of the new outlet mall around Halloween 2013.
Yates announced in May that the retail lineup for the new outlet mall would include factory outlet stores for Brooks Brothers, Banana Republic, Gap, Lane Bryant, Chico's and White House Black Market.
Sarpy County tourism director Linda Revis vacated her office at Nebraska Crossing in the wake of the pending demolition. She said she and the half dozen other remaining tenants were informed that they had to vacate by January.
Revis said the new outlet mall would be a shot in the arm for the area.
“I understand they are bringing in some high-end stores and stores we don't have,” Revis said. “It's always exciting when you have something new.”