- Associated Press - Saturday, January 31, 2015

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Plans have been unveiled for a hotel on the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus near a cancer treatment center also in the works.

The hotel would be built along Farnam Street between 42nd and 44th Streets, on the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus, under a preliminary plan going before the Omaha Planning Board next week, The Omaha World-Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1CXX3nN ) Saturday.

The developer, Tetrad Property Group, would demolish the former Premier Bank branch at the site.

The new hotel would be expected to serve, among other customers, families and patients of the $320 million Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center. Tetrad also is developing the cancer center, expected to open in 2017.

The hotel will likely have 170 to 250 rooms, but that has yet to be finalized, Tetrad CEO Zach Wiegert said.

The preliminary plan being submitted to the board says the hotel would be seven stories tall, with two levels of parking below.

“It’ll act as a regular branded hotel, but the needs of the patients will definitely be taken into consideration,” he said.

The land will be leased to the developer for construction, and then a hotel chain will operate the hotel, said Taylor Wilson, a Nebraska Medical Center spokesman.

Wiegert declined to reveal the hotel brand.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com


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