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Re: Seventy Five North (former Pleasantview Homes projects)

Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 3:18 pm
by GRANDPASMUCKER
Slbg91 wrote:
Joe_Sovereign wrote:I hope this never gets built.

The last thing any low income family needs is to move into a pack of 200 low income units in a high crime neighborhood with terrible schools. Good luck for any kid who is going to grow up in this shiny and new sh*thole. Any low income housing should be single individual homes in other parts of the city and state. Areas that have better schools and better employment opportunities.

This area should be a gated community with as high of end condos as they can sell. If you want to help the neighborhood subsidies getting young professionals or empty nesters to move in. Get anyone you can into the neighborhood that is going to pay their taxes, spend a lot of money in the neighborhood and not commit crimes.


Yikes! When you look at the negative comments from back in 2014 on this thread, you would think that the only way to revitalize a poor neighborhood is to just fill it in with 'better people' and forget those that are displaced. The CEO of this project taught my business law class at MCC and I also know his wife who teaches there as well. They used to live in Atlanta and moved back here because this is his hometown. He is bringing ideas that worked in other cities to this concept that is new to Omaha. No, this is not a housing project, it is a community revitalization project.
We moved to Bemis Park 11 years ago from Tampa because this is my home state. A person's perspective of what constitutes a nice neighborhood is relative. We rented a house in Tampa that had a boat dock in the backyard on the Hillsborough River. This was considered a nice neighborhood yet only 4 blocks away, hookers stood on Nebraska Ave. at night. Comparitavily, Bemis Park was a cakewalk compared to where we came from!
We bought a house at the same time Mutual of Omaha was creating Midtown Crossing because we saw the potential. In 11 years our house is worth 3 times what we paid for it with just simple remodeling. In our area, the 'hood' starts north of Hamilton and as more people from bigger cities move into our neighborhood, the older homeowners are seeing the benefits of the new life being brought in. It's not so much gentrification as it is revitalization of the neighborhood. 75 North is just a few blocks from us and with the city holding slumlords responsible by condemning properties and new affordable houses being built, there is a sense of pride in the neighborhood that wasn't there 11 years ago.
Bemis Park was a flashpoint of racial tension in the 60's. The integration of Bemis Park played a large part in the westward expansion of the city. "A Time for Burning", is a documentary that centered around Bemis Park and the beginnings of Ernie Chambers career. It is available at the library and puts a perspective of how North Omaha needs revitalization in the first place.



I would consider living in a nice home in Tampa with my own boat dock on the Hillsborough River a DREAM COME TRUE. I would consider having to live in the Bemis Park area a NIGHTMARE.

P.S- Hamilton does not start becoming safe until you get West of 50th & Hamilton. All you got to do is go East of 50th & Hamilton a block or so and it gets gnarly as all get out.

Re: Seventy Five North (former Pleasantview Homes projects)

Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:56 am
by Joe_Sovereign
Slbg91 wrote:
Joe_Sovereign wrote:I hope this never gets built.

The last thing any low income family needs is to move into a pack of 200 low income units in a high crime neighborhood with terrible schools. Good luck for any kid who is going to grow up in this shiny and new sh*thole. Any low income housing should be single individual homes in other parts of the city and state. Areas that have better schools and better employment opportunities.

This area should be a gated community with as high of end condos as they can sell. If you want to help the neighborhood subsidies getting young professionals or empty nesters to move in. Get anyone you can into the neighborhood that is going to pay their taxes, spend a lot of money in the neighborhood and not commit crimes.


Yikes! When you look at the negative comments from back in 2014 on this thread, you would think that the only way to revitalize a poor neighborhood is to just fill it in with 'better people' and forget those that are displaced. The CEO of this project taught my business law class at MCC and I also know his wife who teaches there as well. They used to live in Atlanta and moved back here because this is his hometown. He is bringing ideas that worked in other cities to this concept that is new to Omaha. No, this is not a housing project, it is a community revitalization project.
We moved to Bemis Park 11 years ago from Tampa because this is my home state. A person's perspective of what constitutes a nice neighborhood is relative. We rented a house in Tampa that had a boat dock in the backyard on the Hillsborough River. This was considered a nice neighborhood yet only 4 blocks away, hookers stood on Nebraska Ave. at night. Comparitavily, Bemis Park was a cakewalk compared to where we came from!
We bought a house at the same time Mutual of Omaha was creating Midtown Crossing because we saw the potential. In 11 years our house is worth 3 times what we paid for it with just simple remodeling. In our area, the 'hood' starts north of Hamilton and as more people from bigger cities move into our neighborhood, the older homeowners are seeing the benefits of the new life being brought in. It's not so much gentrification as it is revitalization of the neighborhood. 75 North is just a few blocks from us and with the city holding slumlords responsible by condemning properties and new affordable houses being built, there is a sense of pride in the neighborhood that wasn't there 11 years ago.
Bemis Park was a flashpoint of racial tension in the 60's. The integration of Bemis Park played a large part in the westward expansion of the city. "A Time for Burning", is a documentary that centered around Bemis Park and the beginnings of Ernie Chambers career. It is available at the library and puts a perspective of how North Omaha needs revitalization in the first place.


My point back in 2014 and today is it is better for the PEOPLE in the poor neighborhood to get out to an area with better infrastructure for success (Jobs, Schools, etc.) then to be a pawn in a bunch of Do-Gooders Social Experiment. This project will make zero impact in the long term health of North Omaha.

Re: Seventy Five North (former Pleasantview Homes projects)

Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:00 am
by Joe_Sovereign
Joe_Sovereign wrote:This is such liberal fake compassion bullsh*t.

If Warren Buffett actually gave a f*ck about the people of North Omaha he would have a couple of the companies he owns move manufacturing plants back from China to North Omaha. Then he would train people in North Omaha for the jobs including training and hiring people with criminal records that are currently locking then out of the work force.


This seems just as relevant today.

Re: Seventy Five North (former Pleasantview Homes projects)

Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 10:31 pm
by Taco
Thirding the educated responses in this thread. I live near Bemis Park and love the little pocket of town it takes up. I wish it had a little more of a commercial presence, but the houses are designed well and the two parks are nice. Having the salvation army so near freaked me out a little at first, but really everything between 33rd and 40th and south of Hamilton is fine.

If Seventy Five north succeeds as I hope then it will be very easy to connect Bemis Park - 75 North - 24th and Lake - Metro Fort Omaha campus as nodal destinations that are good places to live.

Re: Seventy Five North (former Pleasantview Homes projects)

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 7:27 am
by justnick
the progress on this project is amazing! someone needs to go take photos. some of the buildings have to be near completion.

i'm wondering if anyone knows why they've apparently built a gigantic greenhouse?

Re: Seventy Five North (former Pleasantview Homes projects)

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 9:27 am
by iamjacobm
justnick wrote:the progress on this project is amazing! someone needs to go take photos. some of the buildings have to be near completion.

i'm wondering if anyone knows why they've apparently built a gigantic greenhouse?


Local healthy food is a part of the community building portion of the development. I believe they are starting a code camp and a small business incubator as well.

Re: Seventy Five North (former Pleasantview Homes projects)

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 2:36 pm
by TitosBuritoBarn
Judging from the renderings on the website, this could pass for the "European Village" that keeps getting joked about - it looks like something you might find built in Germany or Scandinavia. I think they're a little optimistic on people being open to the location though.

Re: Seventy Five North (former Pleasantview Homes projects)

Posted: Wed Jun 28, 2017 10:38 pm
by Busguy2010
I was looking at some property in that area around I-75 and Hamilton through Lake. It really is some great real estate given that it is very cheap property, direct highway access and 5 minutes away from Downtown and Midtown. It really is right in the thick of it. 75 North appears to be buying up many properties in the area that aren't part of this particular project, so I predict that the plan is much bigger in scope than what it is now.

Re: Seventy Five North (former Pleasantview Homes projects)

Posted: Sun Jul 02, 2017 11:44 am
by daveoma
iamjacobm wrote:
justnick wrote:the progress on this project is amazing! someone needs to go take photos. some of the buildings have to be near completion.

i'm wondering if anyone knows why they've apparently built a gigantic greenhouse?


Local healthy food is a part of the community building portion of the development. I believe they are starting a code camp and a small business incubator as well.

Nice! Those will be a really good addition to the neighborhood :D

Re: Seventy Five North (former Pleasantview Homes projects)

Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 11:27 pm
by Dundeemaha
According to their Facebook the Highlander apartments section of the development is 98% leased

https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1 ... ent_filter