Omaha City Council rejects plan for demolition of historic buildings

Posted at 6:40 PM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 23:45:54-04

Omaha city council voted down the proposed historic building ordinance.

The 3-4 vote came after fiery discussion over efforts to make it more difficult to tear down Omaha’s historic buildings.

"Council members had opportunity to propose amendments all along the way since last December and there weren't any," said Omaha council member Chris Jerram.

The ordinance would make it a longer process for people to tear down historic buildings that is deemed a historical landmark older than 75 years or is apart of a historic district would have to go through a planning board process to tear it down.

Both sides made arguments to why or why not this ordinance should go through but the council decided to vote against it.

The president of the metro Omaha property says this was a win for them, but also the private property owners to tear down historic buildings.

"This seems to be more of a property power grab or attempting to get power over the private property owners," said MOPOA president John Chatelain.

Jerram said he will not propose this ordinance again.