A north Omaha property that was once home to a public housing project is being sold to a group planning a major neighborhood revitalization effort.
This week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development gave the Omaha Housing Authority approval to sell a 23.7-acre site where the Pleasantview Homes development once stood. Built in the 1950s, the project near 30th and Parker Streets fell into disrepair and was plagued by crime.
In 2008, HUD allowed OHA to tear down the 182 housing units. The site has since been empty.
OHA has agreed to sell the land for $775,000 to Seventy-Five North Revitalization Corp., which plans to build a new neighborhood of its own. The Omaha group — which has received the backing of Warren Buffett and his daughter, Susie Buffett — is modeling its plans on an effort in Atlanta that dramatically reduced crime and poverty in one area.
In documents submitted to HUD, OHA officials said Seventy-Five North plans to build both affordable and market-rate housing, an educational facility and other community amenities.
It's possible that OHA could work with the new development, though the group has not formalized any plans.
Money from the sale of the land will be set aside for improvements to OHA's existing public housing facilities or for buying additional housing.