Omaha Public Radio News
Thu September 24, 2009
Looking to the future of South Omaha
By Katie Knapp Schubert
Omaha, NE – Community planning, urban design, and economic development are all key parts of a long-term study regarding the future of South Omaha.
The Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce is working on the South Omaha Development Project. Earlier this week, Chamber officials held a public meeting at the Henry Doorly Zoo to discuss the project as well as what South Omaha could look like over the next 20 years.
Jim Grotrian is the Vice President of public policy and community development. He says all types of economic development are possible in South Omaha, including new housing, restaurants, major retailers and small businesses. Grotrian says the loss of Rosenblatt Stadium after next year's College World Series will leave a void in South Omaha. But he says that's only one of many factors the study addresses.
More information about the South Omaha Development Project, including a survey, is available at www.projectsouthomaha.org. So far, the Chamber has received more than 1,400 responses to its survey.