Resident pays for park playground equipment
Sue Lafayette wanted to see her grandchildren enjoy Gilder Park as much as her children once did.
So Lafayette offered to pay for new playground equipment for the northwest Bellevue park.
The City Council accepted her offer and committed city workers to installing the equipment once it is purchased.
Lafayette lived near the park for more than 20 years. She said she expects to pay about $10,000 for the equipment.
The park's playground equipment was once maintained and improved by the sanitary and improvement district board that governed the area prior to annexation by Bellevue, she said. But the equipment declined after annexation by the City of Bellevue.
Old and deteriorating equipment was removed but not replaced, she said.
Councilman Don Preister, who represents the ward in which Gilder Park sits, said the city is updating parks throughout the city.
“We have gone through the parks and replaced equipment that did not meet (Americans With Disabilities Act) requirements,” he said. “As that's been done, the parks department has put new equipment in, but they are only able to do so many at a time.”
Bellevue planners mull boulevard-style 36th
Bellevue street planners are looking to rebuild 36th Street into a boulevard-style road that incorporates roundabouts.
During a presentation at Lewis & Clark Middle School, planners unveiled drawings for a four-lane 36th Street divided by wide medians. Designers deemed roundabouts as the safest option available for traffic flow.
Three designs were presented, offering as many as seven roundabouts along an approximately 3-mile stretch of 36th Street. The chosen option will be built in two phases, with construction scheduled to begin in 2016.
Study will look at hotel, conference center
A $9,000 feasibility study of a hotel and conference center at the Twin Creek shopping complex will be led by the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce and funded by the city and county.
The City of Bellevue is looking to build, own and manage the conference center, which would be located between a Culver's restaurant and an Alegent Creighton Health Clinic. Twin Creek Development Co. is recruiting a hotel, and the developer says that search might hinge on the city financing a conference center.
Gretna council OKs plans for subdivision
The Gretna City Council approved plans for a new subdivision by BHI Development Inc. that will be known as Aspen Creek.
The new development would be located between 186th and 192nd Streets on the north side of Highway 370. It would include 248 residential lots for upscale homes and other commercial lots.
Developer Jerry Torczon said he wants to make the development aesthetically pleasing with tree-lined streets and considerable landscaping. “We want people, when driving down 370, to turn their heads twice,” he said.
Torczon said BHI decided to develop the area in part because of the expansion along Highway 370. Home construction could begin as early as next spring.
“It's a good location,” he said, “It's not that far out there anymore.”
Development plans get approval from Bellevue
Two weeks after getting a warm reception from the Bellevue City Council, the company planning to build 136 estate-sized homes in southwest Bellevue got unanimous approval from the council.
Boyer Young Development won approval for a 136-home development to be known as Clearwater Estates. The project will have estate lots that will accommodate homes in the $350,000 price range.
Clearwater Estates will be built west of 48th Street and south of Birchwood Drive.
Zoning proposal denied for 2 Buddhist monks
A proposal from two Buddhist monks to open a Buddhist temple died after the Bellevue Planning Commission declined to rezone a portion of a 90-acre property.
A buyer had planned to house two Buddhist monks in the house and to use a barn for Buddhist social events. Long-term plans included building a Buddhist meditation temple.
The property now is soon to be sold to a Plattsmouth-area farmer with the existing zoning intact.