$2.5 Million Raised For Dundee Renovations

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

After months of fundraising, the Dundee-Memorial Park Neighborhood is getting a facelift.The neighborhood, most recently named as one of the top places in the United States, needed $2.5 million raised in order to begin a renovation project. It will fix sidewalks, curbs, parking and landscape. And local businesses are looking forward to the change.

Inside Scout Dry Goods and Trade, you’ll find plenty of clothes, shoes, and other items.

“We look for really unique individual items you can't find,” said store manager Caitlin Little.

It’s a unique store, just like the neighborhood they call home.

“It's very much a community, we have a community garden, everyone who lives in the area knows all the other business,” said Little.

Which is why it's no surprise that Pitch coal fire pizzeria next door shares the same view.

“I've always lived in Dundee and I really like the community, the architecture of the buildings. It's a borough of a huge city, but it's just right here in Omaha and it's great,” said General Manager Chris Wray.

But all this great business is surrounded by some run down sidewalks, curbs and landscape. Parking can sometimes be an issue, so is traffic flow.

“This main road gets really really clogged off, especially with all the parking on the streets,” said Little.

Wednesday the $2.5 million fundraising goal for renovation was reached. That means the project is moving forward and residents and visitors will see new sidewalks and landscaping. And a four way stop sign at 50th and Underwood instead of a stoplight.

“Any sort of renovations they can do, especially to historic areas is great. You want to be in those areas where they are renovated and it looks great,” said Little.

“Getting the whole streetscape done here will really take this area back to the way it was in the 40's and 50's back when the cable car ran through. And you know it was just a really neat place to go,” said Wray.

Donations for the project came from local businesses, and a few non profits. There was one anonymous donor, who contributed $775,000. Construction bids are being taken and fundraising will continue throughout the process.

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