West O Neighbors Lose Battle With Developer

A West Omaha neighborhood has lost the fight to keep a developer from building apartments.

An empty field near 192nd and Leavenworth is currently zoned for agricultural use but the Omaha City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday afternoon to rezone the property, clearing the way for construction.

The council considered the plan earlier and it ended in a vote of three to three. Since then, the developer agreed to build 50 fewer units.

Neighbors were clearly disappointed, believing the developer is cramming too many units into a small place. Some 500 units are expected.

Neighbors told WOWT 6 News they were concerned over the traffic it will bring to the area. The Grove Neighborhood near the construction site will serve as an entrance to the development during the construction phase. Neighbors said this creates a safety concern for those who use the roadways, such as children and those walking their dogs.

The developers said the project will contribute money toward a construction project for 192nd Street. Money from the development will be used to expand that street from two lanes, to five lanes.

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