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Pals Brewery
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Site of the Tru Hotel
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New entrance under construction, Holiday Inn and Suites
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Off Halligan Drive, near Iron Eagle
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Beyond Envy, moving to this building at 421 S. Chestnut.

January and February are ordinarily slow times in the construction business but not this year in North Platte.

In the first two months of 2017 in North Platte, an auto parts store opened, walls went up for a car wash and an apartment complex, work reached the final stages at a new micro-brewery, a little interior work was all the remained at a new retail business near Iron Eagle Golf Course, work was well underway to renovate a major hotel, and, the ground was ready for an entirely new hotel.

Not bad for the dead of winter.

At City Hall, North Platte Building Inspector Dave Hahn hoped to have the paperwork on his desk cleared by March 1, the traditional start of the construction season.

Hahn expects the 2017 construction year to be a busy one. After all, “we have a hotel to build,” he noted in late January.

The new hotel is called Tru by Hilton. It will located between Halligan Drive and I-80, not far from the Iron Eagle golf course.

It will be a mid-scale hotel, built in “the belief that being cost-conscious and having a great stay don’t have to be mutually exclusive,” the company says.

Tru Hotels are new to the world. The first ground-breaking was in Georgia in March 2016, but so far, 120 properties are signed up and construction at those sites is in various stages, according to a report by the USA Today newspaper.

At the Holiday Inn and Express south of the main I-80 exit, the main lobby will be expanded and a new hotel entrance built on the north side of the building, facing I-80.

The cost of that renovation will be around $750,000 according to city building records.

A new retail / service building is going up on Iron Eagle Drive, a couple blocks off Halligan.

The $900,000 building is owned by Mark Luther of Kilgore. Luther has declined to announce the name or type of business, opting for a big announcement at the opening. The exterior of the building is complete but work remains to be done inside, Hahn said.

The front of the store faces Interstate-80, providing excellent visibility.

The PALS micro-brewery is owned and operated by the Oettinger family, who bring their experience in the business from Wisconsin.

The brewery is at 4520 S. Buffalo Bill Ave., not far from State Farm Road, and if all goes well, the brewery will open in March, Hahn said.

West of Wild Bill’s Bowling and Wings at 219 W. Hahn St., new apartment buildings are going up, with 2 and 3-bedroom apartments. The exteriors are sheeted on at least two of the buildings. Steele’s Construction is the contractor on the $980,000 project. 


The Beyond Envy salon is moving soon to 421 S. Chestnut after the owners purchased the building that formerly housed Dr. Joan Albrecht’s dentist office.

“We are expanding by quite a bit and are completely remodeling the building,” owner Sophia Klein said.

The Menard’s big box store on the south edge of town is undergoing extensive renovations. Warehouse space was expanded a year ago and the garden center was remodeled. Now, a new mezzanine will be built inside the store, providing more room for merchandise and inventory. The total cost for Menard’s is about $1 million.

O’Reilly’s Auto Parts opened Jan. 3 at 321 S. Dewey. After the Country Inn motel was demolished there last summer, construction began in earnest in October and proceeded rapidly through the winter.


• A conventional car wash is under construction just west of the Super Suds automated car wash at 121 West Leota.

• Just west of Bloedorn Lumber on E. Fourth, fences are up for an outdoor storage area for boats, vehicles and other items.

• A drive-in coffee stop – the Coffee Bin -- is now in operation near the Garden Glove store on the northeast edge of the city on 12th St.

• And, Hahn reported that 40 new homes were built in the city in 2016, compared with 31 the year before and 19 the year before that.

Comparing construction, 2016 to 2015:

(Source: North Platte city building records)


2016 Top 10 building projects NP

1. Vetter Health - Linden Estates -- $1,200,000

2. Menards – Remodel -- $1,000,000

3. Oak Tree Inn – Addition -- $978,000

4. Glenn Chase Building -- $910,000

5. O'Reilly Auto Enterprises -- $882,800

6. Super Suds II -- $746,000

7. Pals Brewing Company -- $650,000

8. Nebraskaland Air – Hangar -- $518,000

9. GP Health Pavalion – Remodel -- $501,477

10. Mid Plains College – Remodel -- $450,000

Total -- $21,787,825


2015 Top 10 building project NP

1 - Linden Court Addition $6,750,000

2 - Hobby Lobby Store $2,325,700

3 - Art's Council $500,000

4 - SIP Coffee & Wine $400,000

5 - NP Catholic Schools $398,500

6 - High School Press Box $360,000

7 - Steinbeck Office $295,000

8 - LCCDC 4-Plex Remodel $220,323

9 - Roof-ItMetal Building $200,000

10 - NP Habitat for Humanity $180,000

 Total -- $22,408,701



This report was first published in the Bulletin's Jan. 25 print edition. It has been updated

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