New affordable housing project planned for vacant lot in northern Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – A piece of land that has been vacant since a residential complex was demolished by the city in 2006 has been designated for affordable housing with the help of Habitat Omaha.

The city is transferring the 15.75-acre property previously considered rainwater control for $ 1 in accordance with Nebraska Township Development Act.

Habitat Omaha will build 88 single-family homes where the Wintergreen Apartments once stood, near 51st Street and Sorensen Parkway. The homes will have between three and five bedrooms covering an area of ​​1,800 square feet and are estimated at $ 175,000 to $ 200,000 apiece.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert’s office said that 51 of the houses will be built in 2021. Habitat Omaha will then sell the homes at appraisal to homeowners who pay affordable credit under a 30 year contract.

Habitat Omaha will also “improve the connection of sidewalks and streets with the surrounding neighborhoods,” the press release said. “The original plan is to join Mary Street and Newport Avenue with Forest Lawn Avenue.”

Habitat for Humanity is working with the City of Omaha to build affordable new housing on an empty lot that once housed the Wintergreen Apartments.(Courtesy of drawings)

The city is hosting two community meetings – on Zoom and a second in person – to provide more information on developments, gather community feedback, and answer questions.

The Zoom meeting will take place on May 25th at 12 noon. The face-to-face meeting will take place on May 27; Details of the time will come later, according to Tuesday’s press release.

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