Part of North Omaha is getting a major facelift. It’s an area that's known for being a little rough around the edges but those edges began to smooth with the breaking of ground for a promising new development.
Across the street from the bulldozers at 30th and Lake is Charles Drew Health Center. Kenny McMorris has worked there for several years and he says the construction is a sight for sore eyes.
That progress is going to eventually be a 36 acre mixed-income redevelopment project started by 75-North Revitalization. Leading the project: Executive Director Othello Meadows.
Meadows said, “It was a neighborhood that needed an infusion of hope and excitement. As well as needing really high-quality, first-rate housing."
But Meadows is more than just an executive director. He's a father, a member of the community - someone who grew up in North Omaha.
“I am from Omaha,” he said. “I am from the north side. So this is a great project to be a part of."
By the turnout, the surrounding community agrees.
The first phase is rental housing with about 100 units going in. They are expecting completion by the end of 2016.
Meadows said, “This community has been plagued with a number of different challenges but I can tell you one thing - the people in North Omaha are very resilient and so the opportunity to have this and say, ‘Hey, I am a part of this. This is our own that we can take and grow with.’"
A special forum is planned between 75 North and Omaha Public Schools. All are welcome.
- Thursday, October 15, 2015
- 5 p.m.
- Salem Baptist Church
- 3131 Lake Street