A part of North Omaha with a violent past is getting a real chance at a brighter future at the old Pleasant View Housing site.
New Thursday, the Seventy5North Corporation revealed plans for development in the area.
Stretching from Parker Street to the north at Lake Street, along 30th, in all about 23 acres will be the new home for housing, an education center and other community buildings.
Towards the last few years inside the Pleasant View homes near 30th and Parker, it seemed only red and blue lights lit up the night. A homicide scene in December of that year was just steps away from a previous shooting.
Finally, in September 2009, the chain link surrounded the projects -- at this point left for decay -- as crews would soon level the entire area.
Fast forward to 2013, in some ways the past remains the same. Instead of troubled housing, broke down basket ball courts, shelters and overgrown weeds span the horizon. A now gated up playground is a reminder of the past near 30th and parker but developers say they do see potential and a brighter future for the area.
"What we want to do is try and breathe some new life into the community, re-densify the community, hopefully bring some more commercial and education opportunities to the residence,” Othello Meadows said.
Meadows, Executive Director of Seventy5North is in charge of the 23 acre redevelopment around 30th and Parker. Hundreds of residents were relocated after the projects came down and after two years; working with housing and urban development, Meadows wants to bring them back.
"That gives people a chance, you know, that gives our young folks a chance,” Tim Evans said. A veteran barber, Evans lived through the violence in this neighborhood. But 6 months ago, with the help of two friends, they just opened Shaves and Fades off 33rd and Parker. "To come back here and to be apart of something where I grew up, I didn't know it would turn into me cutting hair, one day,” Evans said.
Seventy5North is buying the land for $775,000 from the Omaha Housing Authority, OHA can use that money to improve existing housing.