A proposed set of apartment buildings near Crossroads Mall is drawing heat from neighbors and now an Omaha city councilman.
Pete Festersen said Thursday that he opposes the plan by Campus Crest Communities Inc., a North Carolina-based firm, to erect 10 buildings on an eight-acre site not far from 72nd and Cass Streets.
Campus Crest's development would add between 500 and 600 residents in 200 to 250 apartments, Festersen said.
The apartments are intended for college students, but the councilman said neighbors have concerns about traffic and population density problems.
“I've listened to the concerns of the neighborhood, and I believe those concerns have merit,” Festersen said.
The developer will present a formal plan to the Omaha Planning Board in March. The firm unveiled a preliminary plan during a meeting with neighbors last week.
The site now is home to a synagogue, Temple Israel, whose congregation is moving near 132nd and Pacific Streets.
Developers also hope to dramatically overhaul the Crossroads Mall property in the coming years. Such plans have included talk of new stores, restaurants and apartments geared toward college students.
“The neighbors surrounding Crossroads are very excited for that redevelopment to occur and all the opportunities we are working on there,” Festersen said.
The synagogue property is not far from the upscale Fairacres neighborhood, he said, which is “much more sensitive as to what happens there in the future.”
Festersen said the synagogue property “will be redeveloped, and I think people generally welcome that, but (the apartment plan) isn't the right fit for the neighborhood.”
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