Neighborhood Excited As Country Club Comes Down

After years of waiting and repeated promises, a west Omaha neighborhood is finally seeing change.

Homeowners surrounding the old Skyline golf course north of 217th and Center say their property values have been deteriorating all because of the neighboring clubhouse.

That clubhouse is now on its way out. Demolition began Saturday.

The homeowner's association has been working for years trying to get the neighborhood back in shape.

It says Saturday's demolition is exactly what it has been waiting for.

"We're feeling really good. This is the first significant event in the 18 months that Mr. Livingston has owned the property," says Rod Lighthipe, President of the nearby homeowner's association.

Seeing the building come down is a big deal for Lighthipe and his neighbors.

It's what used to be the Skyline country club and golf course that neighbors want to see come back to life.

The property is currently owned by a developer named Dan Livingston. He took over as owner after the last one did nothing to revamp the property.

Neighbors were hopeful the new ownership would mean change, but after a year and a half with Livingston, they hadn't seen any results, and patience was running thin.

"We are in an era of difficult business times, and we understand that, but there's a natural frustration after eight years," Lighthipe says.

As demolition started Saturday, that tension began to ease.

The City of Omaha recently had a Douglas County Deputy cite Livingston for owning an unsafe structure that presented an imminent danger, and caused littering.

Livingston tells WOWT 6 News "Those citations did get my attention, but the demolition was on track begin today anyway."

After waiting a year and a half to see Livingston make a move, Lighthipe just hopes that momentum can continue.

"There's a lot of skepticism here, but that being said, we encourage Mr. Livingston to keep persevering," Lighthipe says.

Livingston tells WOWT 6 News it took so long to get this far because so many preparations had to be made to demolish the building.

He says the pool will be open by spring, the golf course ready by March, and the clubhouse good to go by September.


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