A Gretna City Council decision has cleared the way for Legacy Homes of Omaha to purchase the remaining 75 lots in the Highlands Ridge subdivision from developer Oakwood Homes, which is withdrawing its business from the state.

The council previously had delayed taking action on the subdivision agreement at its Sept. 1 meeting and asked both developers to meet with Highlands Ridge residents who had raised questions and concerns about the sale.

Legacy Homes representative Allen Grimes told the council at its Sept. 15 meeting that he had met with the owners of the 20 homes already built in the neighborhood to discuss their concerns and had worked out an agreement.

“I met with 20 folks who are passionate about where they live,” Grimes said. “They are concerned about us fitting into the vision they feel they bought into.”

The developer has agreed to certain concessions regarding exterior finishes and accents to maintain the look the residents expected in the area, Grimes said.

Legacy also will continue to meet with a small focus group of residents over the next year to discuss any concerns or issues that may arise, Grimes said.

Legacy Homes plans to build comparable homes to what already exists in Highlands Ridge and expects prices to range from $250,000 to $375,000, Grimes said previously.

“We’re proud to be builders of good neighborhoods,” Grimes said at the Sept. 1 meeting.

The council on Sept. 15 approved the assignment and assumption of the Highlands Ridge subdivision agreement, which contains a clause stating that if 50 or more lots are sold to another builder then the agreement needs city approval. The clause protects the city and ensures that any public improvements, such as sidewalks, sewers and streets, are completed as originally agreed. Beyond that, the council has no role in real estate deals, said the city’s attorney Jeff Miller.

Oakwood Homes, which is based in Colorado, plans to leave the state and concentrate on its Colorado and Utah holdings. Any homes under construction will be completed, and all warranties will remain valid, according to an Oakwood Homes representative. Oakwood Homes has said it will have warranty representatives in the Omaha area as long as needed.

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