- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 13, 2016

LA VISTA, Neb. (AP) - A suburban Omaha shopping center owned by the Los Angeles Rams’ owner is finally being redeveloped, eight years after Wal-Mart moved out and other tenants followed.

Plans call for the City Centre redevelopment to bring apartments, restaurants, offices, retailers and green space to the La Vista property. The project was slowed because city officials had trouble reaching the property’s out-of-state owner, Stan Kroenke, who also owns other businesses.

“Selling a strip mall in Nebraska wasn’t a top priority for the owner of the Los Angeles Rams,” developer City Ventures co-founder Chris Erickson said. “I think it was probably a line on a spread sheet would be my guess.”

Kroenke ended up selling the property to City Ventures for $14 million, allowing demolition to the existing property. City Ventures plans to pay for most of the project, which is expected to cost about $200 million.

Erickson said the demolition process is expected to take four to six months. Work on the first buildings is to begin in the spring, and City Centre is scheduled to open in summer 2018.

Erickson said he hopes to name the expected tenants for the development project soon.

La Vista Mayor Doug Kindig said it was a long time coming for the demolition.

“I think that will be exciting, to see the first brick hit the ground,” Kindig said.

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