A hill that looms over a Papillion neighborhood has been raising some questions.
The city of Papillion owns a piece of land at 96th and Schramm that will be home to a new water tank.
At the moment, "It's our sledding hill,” Beth Winans told us. “We open the windows and we watch about hundred kids sledding down it."
The view outside Beth’s home is unique. The undeveloped piece of land out there towers above the neighborhood.
She said, “We understood that. We could have not moved here but we still liked the idea of no people across the street, so we went for it. It was no secret."
Winans says when they moved-in about seven years ago, they were told the hill would be transformed into the Summit Ridge water tank.
Darren Carlson, with the city, explains the project is designed to meet the need of future growth to the south and west.
Essentially the project will pay for itself with the expansion of 1,000 new lots for next year. And while the view is great from the top of the hill, residents still have uncertainty about the project, including what it could look like in the end.
Carlson said, “We've tried to make as many accommodations as possible so that it blends into this neighborhood. We realize it's a residential neighborhood."
According to the plans provided by Papillion, we do know there will be a water tank and a booster station with a design to make it look like another home in the area. The price tag is $4.5 million which is enough to keep Winans optimistic about the hill outside her home.
“It's just not going to be an eyesore,” she said.
The city bought the land and designated it for expanded water utility use in 2003, before the Summit Ridge SID was created. Winans says homeowners were informed about the progress of the project. It's expected to be completed by December.