Highlander neighborhood seeing major upgrade with 75 North Development Project

Published: Oct. 3, 2017 at 8:55 PM CDT
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People who live in the Highlander area are excited about the area's development. Construction is still underway for the 75 North Project – a development that has completely changed a piece of land on North 30th Street.

An area that was once home to a crime-plagued housing project will now become the hub of the neighborhood.

“It’s a combination of mixed income housing, cultural and community amenities. Our relationship with Howard Kennedy Elementary is a critical part of that as well. There’s an event hall. There’s a food hall. There’s a coffee shop,” said President, CEO of 75 North, Othello Meadows.

Ixchele Camp is one of the first residents to move into the North 75 Apartments. Sh tells 6 News she's excited about what’s happening here.

“It’s the community coming and the swimming pool and I know my kids are going to like that and they have a green house and stuff I like. Stuff like that,” Camp said.

Residents who know the neighborhood has been undeserved for years believe the redevelopment project brought real change to the area.

“For what we’ve been told the engagement that we have with the community, the idea that something is actually happening ‘cause I think people on the north side – and in our neighborhood particularly – people have been talked to a lot. So it got to a point a couple years ago...stop talking to us and just go do something,” said Camp.

“I think it means a lot you know it means a lot. They don’t really do much with north Omaha so this is like a big step tearing down those projects. So it means a lot to north Omaha,” said Meadows.

Phase one of the project should be complete by the end of the year. Phase two will begin early next year and will include the construction of senior housing and for sale homes.