North Omaha's Highlander project to include new housing, community center

Oct 9, 2015

The first residents of new apartments in the Highlander neighborhood could move in next fall.

A rendering of the Highlander project, which will take five years to complete.
Credit Vic Gutman and Associates

75 North officials broke ground Friday on the Highlander project. It’s along 30th Street, south of Lake Street, in north Omaha. Construction will soon be underway on mixed-income housing, with 300 apartments, townhouses, and single-family homes to be built for up to 900 residents. It’ll also include a community enrichment center.

Othello Meadows III, executive director of 75 North, says one of the project’s goals is to provide a safe environment for families.

“In part, this project is about making sure that there’s a place for everybody to have that kind of experience. For everyone to have the strong support and love of a family, in a safe environment with good schools and a neighborhood they love.”

Thomas Warren, president and CEO of the Urban League of Nebraska, says the mix of housing and community enrichment activities will help Omaha keep young professionals.

“We’re five minutes from downtown, we have a nice panoramic view of our skyline. We’re five minutes from venues such as Midtown Crossing. But more importantly, here at the Highlander project, we will have contemporary, affordable housing for our young professionals.”

The 36 acre Highlander redevelopment project is being funded through a public-private partnership. Highlander redevelopment also includes education initiatives that’ll be implemented by nearby Howard Kennedy Elementary School.

OPS and 75 North will hold a public meeting on October 15th at Salem Baptist Church about the Highlander redevelopment.

Construction on the Highlander project will take five years to complete.