75 North's Highlander District progressing

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - In 2008, low-income housing near 30th and Parker Streets were demolished and acres upon acres sat vacant.  

Now, construction crews are out and apartments, business and row houses are all going up as the 40-acre, $90 million project has started to take shape. 

The Buffett-backed non-profit 75 North is heading up the work on the revitalization project. They are guided by a purpose built communities, which has helped turn around crime and poverty in certain neighborhoods of Atlanta and New Orleans. 

Cydney Franklin with 75 North showcased the work on a 65,000 square foot commercial and community center called The Accelerator. The area will feature three restaurants, a coffee shop and a grocery store. 

The area will also feature a special event building called The Venue that will fits 150-200 people and is planning to open next month.

Already, Creighton and Metro Community College have floors in the development that are open and operational, which is just the beginning. 

"We'll be building on this site for the next five years," Franklin said. "So look forward to senior homes, look forward for sale single family homes being developed, more rental housing, there's just lots more coming." 

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