Dodge St II

Carlson Kennedy’s Brand of Cleanliness

Dodge St II

Keeping a clean job site is incredibly important to our process at Carlson Kennedy. We want our clients to know they can trust us to maintain a level of organization and cleanliness in the middle of construction chaos. It reflects our focus on clients and the project at hand.

For us, job site cleanliness goes beyond making sure the grounds are maintained and equipment properly managed. We also apply that mentality to the way our projects look from the outside. We keep signs to an absolute minimum along with meticulously cared for fencing around the site. The end result with Carlson Kennedy will be beautiful, but so will the building in progress.

Farnam 25 project

Former Smoke Pit BBQ building to become Farnam 25 with retail, restaurant space

“We are excited to be working on this project that will bring life back to a favorite old hang out”  Scott Kennedy

Farnam 25 project

Artist’s rendering of the Farnam 25 project

By Paige Yowell / World-Herald staff writer

By next year, the former Smoke Pit BBQ building at 25th and Farnam Streets will house at least three new businesses and a new restaurant or brewery, if all goes according to plan.

The Smoke Pit closed last year after longtime owners Kim and Joe Dubinsky retired to Pennsylvania, where Joe is from.

Interior demolition work has begun at the 7,000-square-foot building. When finished, the newly named Farnam 25 will have 1,200- to 1,500-square-foot retail storefronts along Farnam Street, said Adam Watson, a partner in the project. The restaurant space will be about 3,700 square feet.

Other partners include Steve Elken and Michael Opatowski of Denver. Alley Poyner Macchietto Architecture and Carlson Kennedy Construction are working on the project.

Watson said that with the new five-story Hotel Omaha rising to the east and the Highline Apartments expanding near 24th and Dodge Streets, the area is gaining momentum.

But the real draw was a building near the downtown area with off-street parking.

“That’s hard to find down there; hard to find for any retailer to go downtown and have a parking lot out in front of the space,” he said.

Watson expects investment in the project to reach more than $1 million, but didn’t have specific figures. Property records show the partners closed on the building in July for $475,000.

The developers are exploring the possibility of a rooftop deck on the building, which is home to a large billboard that referenced Neil Diamond’s “Forever in Blue Jeans.” Kim Dubinsky erected the monument as an anniversary present to Joe.

The billboard may be saved. “We’d like to ask a local artist to provide some type of mural there, but we’re not sure yet,” Watson said.

Dubinsky said she’s happy the building will have a new purpose, but the change still stings.

“I was told that they already took down signs,” Dubinsky said. “I’m glad I’m not there watching it.”