A developer of student housing has proposed a series of apartment buildings amid a courtyard and greenspace near the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the city councilman who represents the area said Thursday.
Representatives of Campus Crest Communities Inc. unveiled a preliminary plan during a meeting this week with neighbors. The company, based in Charlotte, N.C., would build near 69th and Cass Streets.
The plan calls for 10 apartment buildings containing 200 apartments, with between 500 and 600 bedrooms, Councilman Pete Festersen said.
The site now is home to a synagogue, Temple Israel, whose congregation is moving to near 132nd and Pacific Streets.
The company expects the tenants of the buildings to be UNO students, Festersen said. The university is not involved in the project.
The representatives said it would cost the company about $25 million to demolish the synagogue and build the apartments, which Festersen described as “upscale.”
The developer plans to present a formal plan March 6 to the Omaha Planning Board, he said.
Among the concerns of neighbors at the meeting were the project's density and whether the character and appearance of the buildings would match other homes in the area.
They are also wary of increased traffic, Festersen said.
“I share in those initial concerns,” he said.
The councilman said he would meet again with people who live near the site to gather their thoughts.
On its website, Campus Crest describes its buildings as “fully loaded student housing properties,” many of which are in Texas and the southeast United States.
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