Hawkeye Hotels begins development on Moxy hotel in Omaha, Neb.

A rendering of the future Moxy Omaha, Neb. Photo credit: Base4

This week Iowa-based firm Hawkeye Hotels' plan to develop a new six-story hotel in Omaha's Old Market Entertainment District received final authorization from the Omaha City Council. The hotel is part of Marriott's Moxy brand, and will be located at the corner of 12th and Harney streets. This is the first Nebraska property for Hawkeye Hotels.

The approval process for this hotel began in April when city council members unanimously voted to authorize the development of the property. Hawkeye Hotels has worked with city officials to meet historic preservation standards and stay true to the legacy of the area.

“We are eager to work with the city to further cultivate the Old Market while also protecting the area's rich history,” Raj Patel, chief development officer of Hawkeye Hotels, said in a statement. "It has been an honor to work closely with not just city officials but also the owners of the Diner and many other community stakeholders in planning the specifics of this lot's transformation."

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Moxy is a new Marriott brand stylized to facilitate social interaction among guests. Omaha will be the fifth planned location of the Moxy brand in the Midwest region.

The hotel plan includes 105 rooms, a fitness center and valet parking. Construction is expected to start in August, and the hotel is expected to generate about 40 jobs for local residents.

This Moxy's location will afford guests access to one of Omaha's shopping, dining and nightlife hubs.

Omaha is home to the headquarters of four Fortune 500 companies and five Fortune 1000 companies, in addition to the largest privately held bank in the United States, the First National Bank of Omaha.

Founded in 1982 with one roadside hotel in Mena, Ark., Hawkeye Hotels has grown to own and operate more than 50 hotels across the country.