La Vista Looks To Revitalize Golden Mile
Residents want to see area busy againPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
Omaha, NE- It used to be a vibrant and active part of La Vista, but in recent years 84th street has become quiet.
That's why city leaders are trying to bring back the hustle and bustle of the golden mile.
The city of La Vista has been working on a project that would bring life back to 84th street for nearly 5 years now. The idea is to create a central point for citizens. Residents just want to see something done.
"There used to be a lot of business over here, I remember when Wal-Mart was here, I used to come shop here and there were a lot of people coming through." Says Stuart Fleming, who lives and works in the area.
Wal-Mart was the first to leave 84th street. Hobby lobby soon followed and so did Bakers. But after years of sitting empty, residents want to see the corridor back in business.
"They need something, maybe a retailer or something but not necessarily another Wal-Mart but just something along those lines that would bring customers back through here." Says Fleming.
"It would be nice to get more businesses to get us more business, but I feel like it would be bad to get rid of all the businesses that are here, especially the small business that I work at." Says Shelby Hatfield, who works in the area.
Businesses like Amber Rays, a small family run tanning salon, just one of a handful that have stayed open. While most do support brining the mile back to life, it could be difficult.
"With all the new shops down at Shadow Lake, I guess it's really hard to think about what could come here, but I feel like any store at this point would be really helpful." Adds Hatfield.
City Council is looking at two ways to generate money for the Vision 84, the revitalization project. A redevelopment property tax or a half-cent sales tax increase. A decision is expected in September.