One of the oldest neighborhoods in Omaha is working for a new look.
The Deer Park neighborhood has spent the last few years working on plans for redevelopment. With some success, it is hoping the city can offer some help.
Gene Goltl has lived at his home in Deer Park for more than 70 years. He's seen a lot over that time. “You always expect change, and it's changing like anything else, but they've made improvements in the houses and so it's very satisfying," Goltl says.
The Deer Park Neighborhood Association has been spearheading those improvements. The association has been working with groups like Habitat for Humanity to put new homes in the neighborhood and give it a greater look.
With the help of Habitat for Humanity, the neighborhood has had six condemned homes torn down and five new ones built, not to mention assistance with repairs on existing homes.
The neighborhood association says a place with such strong diversity needs to be its best.
Oscar Duran, President of the Deer Park Neighborhood Association, says, “There are literally countries and cities across the world trying to build what has naturally already happened here. That's already here. We don't need to create that. Now we just need to help the folks who are here.”
Garry Gernandt, Treasurer of the Deer Park Neighborhood Association, says, “I think that's the key is progress, making sure that we have a good quality of life, in every part of the city, and that includes Deer Park.”
Now, the neighborhood wants to keep the ball rolling. It's hoping the city can give some assistance as well.
Goltl is looking forward to more changes for the better. “Well that's good. I mean, it makes the property values better and it makes the whole environment better," he says.
The Omaha Planning Department discussed the assistance for the Deer Park redevelopment and unanimously pushed it forward.
In a few weeks, after a public hearing, City Council will put it to a vote. If approved, the city will work with Habitat for Humanity and other non-profits to continue to redevelop the neighborhood, which will include six new homes.