NEBRASKA CITY – The Nebraska City City Council identified a $480,000 combination of street, housing and sidewalk improvements to pursue through the state Department of Economic Development.
At a March meeting at the Morton-James Public Library, city staff identified three priorities—streets, housing, and sidewalks—that the city would like to pursue.
Betsy Goodman, a community development specialist with Southeast Nebraska Development District, gave a presentation to the council of three possible options the city could pursue.
Council members selected the second option, which combined a street project on Sixth Street from First Avenue to North Table Creek and sidewalk improvements with housing programs.
The city would purchase unsold houses for rehabilitation before placing them back on the market.
City Administrator Grayson Path said decisions about which houses to buy will be made when the program gets underway next year.
“These are all scenarios. We don’t know the actual houses we’d actually buy until next year…it’s going to depend on what houses are available. And these tend to be houses in some need and houses that really can’t sell without some rehab done that people are kind of veering away from. That’s kind of the attempt there.”