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Recent Projects

RECENT PROJECTS in the Spotlight

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Conestoga Marketplace, Woodsonia development project in Grand Island, Nebraska
Conestoga Redevelopment

Woodsonia Real Estate has partnered with the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), the City of Grand Island, and Grow Grand Island to redevelop the existing Conestoga Mall into a future mixed use, life-style project. Construction begins Q2 of 2023!

Conestoga Marketplace will be anchored by a new to market 150,000 sq. ft. retailer positioned on the southern portion of the site.  The remaining portion of the mall will be completely modernized with exterior facing storefronts, updated interior and exterior facades, new tenant signage and a state-of-the-art entertainment offering, including a new cinema with in-theater dining, indoor/outdoor pickleball courts and afirst-call bar/restaurant facility.

Conestoga Marketplace will call include multi-family housing units, a new hotel and pad sites along Hwy 281 and 13th Street.

Amur Plaza Expansion

Amur Equipment Finance approached Grow Grand Island with a vision and design for the plaza area in Railside which expands the existing gathering area and creates a greenspace environment, as well as a permanent stage.  As equal funding partners, the project began in the late summer of 2022.  Grow Grand Island then added public ADA-compliant restrooms to the project.

Both Amur and Grow Grand Island see this project as a quality-of-life asset to the residents of Grand Island, as well as an asset for the purposes of talent attraction and retention.  There is entertainment value, greenspace value, and flare for continued Railside development.

This park-like area is used for the annual HEAR GI concert series.  The area can also be utilized for other events that are suited for this type of outdoor venue.

Future Builders Challenge

Entrepreneurship is identified as a top community priority by Grow Grand Island.  The Grand Island Area Economic Development Corp. introduced a new program that focuses on builder and entrepreneur talents in our high school students.

The program is a community partnership that encourages growth in entrepreneurial and business-minded students. This is an opportunity to tap into their full potential and become tomorrow’s builders.

Grounded in global Gallup research, the Builder Profile 10 (BP 10) assessment is administered to more than 1,000 area high school sophomores where the students learn about their propensity for innovation and entrepreneurship. 


Students with extreme builder talents are then invited to participate in the Future Builders Challenge.

Elevate program launch

Elevate Grand Island offers a hands-on learning experience, intended to empower and inform Grand Island’s New American leadership. Through a 7-module program, participants will receive an introduction to Grand Island, including city, nonprofit, business, and county services. Participants will also have opportunities to connect and engage with business and community leaders, further building a welcoming community and fostering a sense of belonging. 

The target participant is a new resident of Grand Island, English learner, and has a desire to grow personally and professionally.

Entryway Sign located on Highway 281 in Grand Island, Nebraska
Entryway Signage

Entryway signage becomes the welcome mat for the community.  Grand Island's signs had become aged and were quite small for our booming city.  So, all existing signs were targeted for an update.

Existing signs are located at Highway 281, East Highway 30, and at the Central Nebraska Regional Airport.

The sign replacement project includes a more grand appearance in size and in elegance perched on landscaped berms.

New sign locations are being sought for West Highway 30 (once rerouting occurs), South Locust, and North Highway 2.

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