The owners of the Anchor Inn, the former riverfront bar and grill, have lost a bid to rebuild along the Missouri River.
The Omaha zoning board of appeals unanimously denied a request Thursday to rebuild the Anchor Inn and Sandpiper Cove Marina near Freedom Park.
In January, city officials ruled that the bar and other buildings nearby could no longer be used because of flood damage and zoning laws.
The city ruled the structures would have to be torn down and rebuilt because repairs exceeded 50 percent of their market value before the flooding. But the area is in a floodway, so city codes prohibit rebuilding, Rick Cunningham, city planning director, has said.
Attorney Dave Domina, who represents Hazard Corp., which owns the riverfront property, disputed the city's estimates for the structures' pre-flood market value and the cost of repairs, saying the amounts were much less.
John Portera, president of Hazard Corp., said he and his partners are exploring their options in light of the board's decision. One option, he said, would be to sue the city.
In April, the bar and grill relocated to an existing building south of 72nd and Q Streets. The new Anchor Inn, which has a sporty image, is near the Ralston Sports and Event Center.
When the Anchor Inn was located on the riverfront, it was a popular location for concerts. It served as a venue for musicians such as the Black Keys, She & Him and Conor Oberst.
The venue was often used when promoters couldn't find an outdoor venue of similar size.
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