What's new: The Omaha City Council voted Tuesday to create a new business improvement district for Dundee. The district's boundaries will expand to allow for capital improvements on Underwood Avenue between 49th and 51st Streets and for about 1½ blocks along 50th Street.
What we already knew: Dundee merchants developed plans for the project. The roughly $2.5 million project will increase parking and improve sidewalks with brick pavers, benches and landscaping.
Organizers have raised about $2 million toward the project, said Councilman Pete Festersen, and fundraising continues. Dundee merchants would contribute $29,000 toward the capital improvements. "This provides the next critical step towards completion of the project and represents financial contributions from the merchants themselves," Festersen said. The city has earmarked $550,000 in bond funds for the project — $50,000 for 2012 that will pay for engineering costs and $500,000 to support construction next year. — Juan Perez Jr.