Renovations to the Dundee business district will begin next spring to increase parking and improve sidewalks with brick pavers, benches and landscaping.
Officials announced Wednesday that the City of Omaha and Dundee neighborhood merchants secured funding from private donors needed to begin the $2.5 million project.
“We've had a lot of increased interest in the area because of these renovations,” said City Councilman Pete Festersen.
The city earmarked $550,000 in transportation bonds for the project — $50,000 for engineering costs and $500,000 to support construction.
More than 30 Dundee merchants donated a total of $29,000, which enabled the project to obtain a $500,000 grant from the Peter Kiewit Foundation.
Other contributions: $500,000 from the Robert B. Daugherty Charitable Foundation, $120,000 from Jim Mammel, $775,000 from an anonymous donor and a $75,000 state storm water grant.
Construction bids will be finished by fall.
The city and Dundee merchants have adopted a master plan. A tax-increment financing district and the city's first Neighborhood Conservation Enhancement zoning district will be implemented to help with future renovations.
Once construction is finished, a new Dundee business improvement district will provide maintenance.
“It'll keep the neighborhood strong well into the future,” Festersen said.
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