Renovating your home may seem like a major project to you, but the community probably will take little note. By contrast, revitalizing a community has the potential to change the lives of thousands of people. Accordingly, a successful community renovation must begin with a big idea that inspires and motivates everyone involved. Schemmer faced this challenge in master planning a 1.2-square-mile area in the heart of north Omaha.
We began by identifying the area’s assets:
- Topography – over 160 feet of elevation difference from historic Prospect Hill Cemetery down to the North Freeway
- Developable land – over 22 acres of cleared land (formerly OHA’s Pleasant View Homes project)
- Parks – Adams Park, at 60 acres, is one of the largest parks in Omaha without a golf course or large lake
- Historical significance – the area includes the birthplace of Malcolm X, a site that now encompasses over 14 acres adjacent to Adams Park • Connectivity – major thoroughfares include North 30th Street, Lake Street, and the North Freeway, requiring only a few minutes of driving to reach downtown Omaha
- Residential diversity – housing ranges from 80-year-old foursquare homes to 40-year-old split levels and large hilltop contemporary homes