“That explosion of development needs to happen there,” he said.

“The rehabilitated buildings will attract quality tenants whose presence will help revitalize the corridor, create new employment opportunities accessible by walking, bike, mass transit or car, and spur additional capital re-investment in the area,” Planning Department staff wrote in the resolution.

Bridget Hadley, a city economic development planner, said 13th Street could experience the kind of revival that has happened along 10th Street.

“It is a very important corridor,” she said. “It is an entryway to the city center.”

Gernandt said the development is “long overdue.”

South 13th Street is the southern entryway to downtown Omaha, and it could be the next part of the city to be revitalized.

-Excerpt from the Omaha World Herald
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