Construction is set to begin early next year on a major restoration project in Omaha’s Dundee neighborhood.
City officials announced the Dundee restoration project Thursday. It’ll involve new sidewalks, landscaping, benches, and parking along Underwood Avenue from 49th to 51st streets. Work will also be done along 50th street.
Officials made the announcement at Dundee’s Pitch Pizza, a business Councilman Pete Festersen says is an example of what’s possible for the neighborhood. “That’s exactly what we’re trying to accomplish by doing this, a project like we’re talking about today, the whole point being new job creation and new investment and we’re seeing that happen already. So it’s an exciting day for Dundee, we’re announcing that with some additional work, and additional private support, we will construct the two and a half million dollar project in the spring of 2013.”
Molly Romero of the Dundee Merchants Association says the project has been in the works for five years. $1.9 million dollars has been raised so far. City officials are expected to announce more details in June.
Dundee was annexed in 1915 by the city of Omaha. In October, the Dundee-Memorial Park neighborhood was named one of the ten best in the U.S. by the American Planning Association.