Old Clubhouse Now An Eyesore, Hangout For Vandals

A dangerous eyesore in west Omaha has drawn the attention of inspectors. The owner knows he has work to do and promises safety changes soon.

Neighbor Janice Phelps told a city inspector that the dilapidated Skyline Clubhouse near 217th Street and West Center Road is still a hangout. “A lot of young kids that go up there and go in the clubhouse and look around."

Inspectors found the condition of the clubhouse property way below par. The old golf course clubhouse isn't secure or safe inside and out. The back door window is shattered, a front window is open, so there's easy access to the debris-filled building for vandals. “It needs to be torn down now,” said another neighbor.

Owner Dan Livingston says that's coming. “Today we applied for a demolition permit.” If approved, tear down could be in three weeks. “I realize the concern and I would ask for their patience."

Inspectors won't wait and will order the property secured immediately. The pool fences are locked, but rainwater needs to be drained. “Swimming pool here is full of stagnant, standing water, which is a breeding ground for mosquitoes,” said county health inspector Mike Connor.

Livingston says he's a conscientious neighbor. “We will get the pools drained and we will also get fencing around the clubhouse to ensure people can't go in it.”

His plan for the Majors Club is still on course, but inspectors and neighbors want a hazard tended to now. Livingston expects his bank funding to be approved in the next 45 days so construction can begin on a new clubhouse and golf course. Until then, he's asked the sheriff for more patrols to keep vandals and trespassers away.

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