Big changes are happening in the Blackstone District of Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – We just learned the details of a big new development coming to Blackstone.

The landscape of the Blackstone District will look very different in just a few years.

“I think we’re at a pivotal time for the city and it’s exciting to see all of these projects come together.”

Just days ago, City Council approved the construction of a new multi-million dollar apartment complex at the corner of 39th and Dodge. By the end of the year, construction is expected to begin on a mixed-use apartment complex at 38th and Farnam.

And the current WOWT house will be demolished by the end of the year to make way for other bigger changes.

“We are going to tear it down. It’s about an acre and a half of land and we’re going to be building some sort of multi-family, possibly condominium, facility that will have about 100 to 125 units,” said John Lund, president of Lund Property Company.

Developers say there’s a reason we’re seeing so many apartments popping up in Blackstone. Growth on the UNMC campus is attracting more and more people to the neighborhood.

“There’s such a demand for housing, we’ll meet it once it’s built,” Lund said.

Leaders with Blackstone Improvement District say Blackstone is key to the city’s overall vision for an urban core.

“We have a unique opportunity to show what good urban planning and development can really be and how it can benefit the city,” said Matt Oberst, Blackstone Improvement District.

Experts say the sky is the limit for what Blackstone will develop over the next decade.

“I think what sets this period apart from any other period is how we try to coordinate the development of housing, jobs and transportation infrastructure.”

Part of the goal of the urban core development is to make Blackstone more walkable and open to other modes of transportation.

Once the tram is finished, experts say you can expect to see fewer cars in the area.

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