Subdivision concerns council members
A proposed 147-home subdivision near 25th Street and Cornhusker Road in Bellevue hit a roadblock when three of six Bellevue City Council members expressed reservations about the project.
Developer Melvin Sudbeck wants to rezone a 36-acre site so that he can build homes on lots of 6,000 square feet instead of 7,200 square feet.
That means smaller houses than in the neighboring Spring Creek subdivision.
Council members Paul Cook, Carol Blood and Don Preister all expressed concerns about the proposed project, to be known as Spring Ridge.
Blood said the starter homes that Sudbeck is proposing won't help attract major shopping centers like Papillion's Shadow Lake.
“Papillion got Shadow Lake because of the rooftops,” she said. “They have nicer homes that are worth more money. Lots and lots of starter homes does not make for big developments coming into our community.”
Said Cook, “I think it's too many homes on too many streets and too small homes.”
The council members' comments came after about 100 Spring Creek residents filled the council chambers to protest Sudbeck's plans.
The council will vote on the subdivision March 25.
Commercial project protested in Papillion
Neighbors also are protesting a development plan for 66th Street and Cornhusker Road in Papillion, this one a commercial project.
The Papillion City Council held a public hearing on the proposed Fall Creek Village development and drew a crowd.
The developer wants to rezone the land to allow apartments between 48th and 66th streets along Cornhusker Road.
Jayne Cromer, secretary of the Eagle Hills Homeowner's Association, joined other residents who were concerned about a proposed convenience store and gas station, which is planned to have 20 pumps.
“It's as large as a truck stop,” Cromer said. “This convenience store belongs on the Interstate.”
She also listed added neighborhood traffic and crime as concerns.
Future development is inevitable because the land already is zoned for commercial buildings, Cromer said.
Still, she said, “We would like to challenge the city to do better. We don't expect it to remain a cornfield.”
Mike Rogers, owner of Rogers Development Co., said the area has seen about five potential buyers since the land was plotted in 1986. Rogers' company developed the Eagle Ridge neighborhood.
Rogers and others who share ownership of the land “want out,” he said. The value of his property has decreased with each potential project, Rogers said.
“We've been sitting on it for 27 years,” he said. “This isn't a power corner like 72nd and Cornhusker.”
Platteview to get baseball, softball
The Springfield Platteview school board gave its approval to establish a boys baseball and girls softball program at Platteview High School.
Superintendent Brett Richards said he was excited about the decision, saying it will be the most popular sport for boys and the second most popular sport for girls.
There are further steps that must be taken before the first pitch can be thrown, including improvements for the teams' likely new home, Buffalo Park.
Parent Mike Kalin said he had been trying for the last seven years to start boys baseball and softball in the district.
“It's fantastic, we've been at this for so long,” Kalin said. “I have a son who is in sixth grade, and he told me he would not go to Platteview unless they had baseball by the time he gets there, so now I get to tell him the great news.”
Ralston looks for new American Legion home
A new hotel for the Ralston Arena area means that Ralston's American Legion is searching for a new home.
The Ralston City Council was told that a $10 million, 100-room Hampton Inn will be built southeast of the arena. The new construction also will add a 5,000-square-foot to 7,000-square-foot retail area, which is expected to house a restaurant.
J.F. Carter, a partner with CFM Commercial Real Estate, said the city faces a problem relocating the existing American Legion Ralston Post 373 building at 74th and Q streets. The building sits directly southwest of the Ralston Arena's practice ice and blocks the arena's further development.
Carter said initial plans called for a Legion hall to be located inside the hotel, but practical difficulties made that proposal untenable. He said four or five Ralston locations are being reviewed as a possible new home for the Legion.
“They want to own the property, with exclusive right to their parking stalls,” Carter said. “We want to make sure we meet those things for the Legion.
“We want to make sure it's a relocation that's permanent, and they're happy and we're happy.”
Carter said American Legion members will not be required to contribute to the cost of their new facility.
— World-Herald News Service