An Omaha neighborhood eyesore may be getting a very extreme makeover. Residents have their fingers crossed that will happen.
A house near 41st and Cass in midtown is vacant, but certainly not empty. It’s full of junk and home to critters.
“There’s a window that’s broken and isn’t sealed and there are raccoons that get up there, crawl in and make a lot of noise," said neighbor Mike Scofield.
That worries another neighbor, Laura Ramirez. “I have a small dog and I worry about animals grabbing him like raccoons and possums.”
Omaha city code enforcers had the homeowner cited. The homeowner told Fact Finders he doesn’t live in the house and he’s sorry it got this way, but he’s working hard on a solution.
Homebuyers Incorporated told Fact Finders it has an agreement to buy the home by the end of September. Company spokesman Jared Hollinger said Homebuyers Inc. has a track record of buying and rehabilitating hundreds of homes. If the sale goes through, he said a contractor could be in there this fall to at least clean up the outside and seal the property. Rebuilding could be done by next spring.
Hollinger said the home could then be rented or sold. Neighbors hope so. “I’d like for someone to clean it up and have a family move back in to take care of it," said Scofield.