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Local Group Revitalizing Two Blocks Of North Omaha

Kimberly Foley

Local Group Revitalizing Two Blocks Of North Omaha

CREATED Jul. 19, 2013
Omaha, NE -- New sidewalk, fresh paint and trimmed trees are just a few of the things one local group said will spruce up a section of North Omaha.
 
It's called the Block 46 Project. The goal is to bring a new look and a new life to the area between 46th and 48th Streets on Ames Avenue.
 
It's something residents said will make a big difference.
 
"It makes you feel better if your neighborhood looks good," said resident Denise Dennis.
 
Dennis has lived in the same home on Ames Avenue for 10 years.
 
"We've got some eyesores here in the neighborhood, and they've come together to try to clean up the neighborhood, which is a good thing," said Dennis.
 
The project will revitalize 10 homes on the two blocks.
 
Omaha By Design is behind it said there are a lot of positive changes happening near the corridor.
 
There is a new Walmart, improvements to Fontenelle Park, and now, new curb appeal is on the way.
 
"I don't think you can underestimate how people feel when they can take pride in their properties," said Teresa Gleason, of Omaha By Design. "It does make a big difference."
 
In June, a brand new sidewalk was put in.
 
"As mediocre as some may say, that's a big deal for us," said Dennis. "It's a big deal."
 
Now, the group is moving to the homes themselves.
 
"Tasks could range anywhere from painting to replacing gutters to adding sustainable landscaping," said Gleason.
 
They are big changes that mean big things for residents.
 
"Just knowing somebody else cares about your stuff, it makes you, as an individual, want to get out and contribute more to the community," said Dennis.
 
So far, five of the 10 homeowners are participating in the project. Omaha By Design said they're hoping the rest of the block will get involved.
 
 

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