An orange caution fence is not what an Omaha family had in mind for their back yard, but a neighboring apartment complex has been slow in replacing a collapsed retaining wall.
“It’s a washout of the fence and retaining wall.” A wall collapse last August near 106th and Military has two neighbors on edge. “We had a nice fence and nice flowers and some lights and they washed away, so it’s frustrating to walk in the back yard and look at this.”
The retaining wall belongs to the Bluffs at Cherry Hills apartment complex and the city issued the owners an order to make repairs last September. “Our hands are tied in the fact the owners and other interested parties are all scattered around the county, so our only recourse would be to cite the local manager,” said Omaha’s Chief Code Inspector Kevin Denker.
After Fact Finders contacted the apartment management, a city inspector received a call from the California ownership group. “I want to see the wall done so I want it taken care of."
The concern is not just neighboring property above, but safety below. The retaining wall has the look of an old mine shaft ready to fall and there are a lot of kids around who see this as a place to play. Isn’t it dangerous? “No, it's fun to climb on,” said one girl.
This was the second collapse of the wall in three years, so neighbors say fix it right. “They've been dragging their feet and think it’s been mainly, they've been saying an insurance problem.”
After losing one fence and a few feet of back yard, residents say their patience has hit a wall.
Fact Finders left several messages with the California ownership group, but so far calls have not been returned. A representative did tell the city inspector he plans to be in Omaha next week to get the wall project moving forward.