There has been some economic growth in north Omaha, but it's moving in slow motion. One old building in particular has become a reminder of just that.
There hasn't been a dinner or lunch served at 30th and Fort for years. The menu at the old Mr. C's now consists of hard times and empty promises.
Jeremy Cox lives across the street from the old restaurant. “It is a giant eyesore, it would be better if it were just leveled land and nothing was on it rather than just an old abandoned building.”
Not only is the old restaurant an eyesore, it has been a symbol for the lack of economic development in the area. The Blue Lion Center, once the hub for business in north Omaha, now sits empty as well and for businessman Eric Stevens of 4 Real Wireless, that affects his bottom line. “I've noticed at least a 10 to 20 percent decrease because of that. A lot of my business depends on foot traffic in that area."
Stevens says the old Mr. C's property is a constant reminder of how much work really needs to be done in north Omaha. “It’s been vacant so long I can’t tell you how long it’s been, condemned around 10 years, I don’t know, the building was such a stark, open reminder of the shameful open decline in the area.”