By: Leah Uko
OMAHA (KPTM) – A company plans to break ground at the end of the year or the beginning of next year on a $76 million community development project that will bring a new apartment complex, individual housing and an enrichment center to the area.
North 75's executive director, Othello Meadows said the goal of the project is to boost the neighborhood's economy and morale.
The area, near 30th and Parker Street, has taken up about 36 acres of land since 2008 when the old Pleasant View Apartments were torn down. Before North 75 purchased the land, it was owned by Omaha Housing Authority.
Resident, Donald Jennings said he was glad there are plans to revitalize the area, but feared new low-income housing would attract a crime-stricken crowd.
"My house has been broken into and stuff has been stolen," Jennings to FOX 42 News. "And that's been torn down so it's still, you know, bad in some areas and it just depends on the people."
Meadows said the plan was not to "recreate the projects", but provide needs the community is currently not getting in that area.
The "Highlander Project" will include 182 to 200 apartment units for renting, 96 single-family homes, row houses and town homes for purchase and centers for urban farming, music, arts and technology.
Meadows said prices for housing had not been determined yet, but would cater to people who earn low and moderate incomes.
A plethora of community partners support the development including Omaha Public Schools, Urban League of Nebraska, Charles Drew Health Center, Salem Baptist Church and the Sherwood Foundation.
The project is set to start by the fourth quarter of 2014 or first quarter of 2015.
Meadows said funding for the project would come from public money, philanthropic sources, structured debt and tax credit funding. He added that no tax payer money would fund the project.
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