No matter how design trends or cities change, one constant is the need for affordable housing. As urban areas grow and suburbs continue to expand, access to affordable housing can become a challenge.
When we looked to the communities in which we live and work to see how this need was being handled, we found a unique partner in the Omaha Land Bank.
In their own words, their mission is as follows:
“Our mission is to serve as a catalyst for transforming distressed properties into community assets.
No, we are not a bank. We are a local, governmental, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization—your friends and community members—working to acquire vacant, abandoned or dilapidated properties throughout Omaha and either renovate or demolish for future use and growth. These properties have been neglected and rejected by the open market, allowing us to eliminate their liabilities and transfer them to new owners in a manner most supportive of local needs and priorities.”
While our partnership is still young, we are excited about the possibilities. Most recently, we have helped with ideas and potential plans for the Walnut Hill Reservoir, an under-utilized patch of land the offers a lot of potential for community redevelopment.
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