OMAHA (KPTM) - Change is in the air for a part of Omaha north of the Old Market.
The owners of a neighborhood Holiday Inn have their sights set on abandoned property at the corner of 16th and Nicholas Streets. They're hoping to transform that lot into an apartment building under the name Nichol Flats pending approval from the Omaha Planning Board. The proposal calls for the building to be five stories tall coming at a cost of about $9 million.
"I really don't see any downside to this," said Mike Saklar, the executive director at nearby Siena Francis House. "I would look forward to something new."
As it is now, the lot isn't much to look at with bricks exposed, deteriorating concrete and barbed wire to keep trespassers out. Though there's a chance developers could use property tax money from new construction to help pay for some of the costs, Saklar is one neighbor who doesn't mind.
"I think we could be good neighbors and I think it would be uplifting to the whole area."
Saklar, who has been a major part of the homeless shelter for the past 12 years, told FOX 42 News Tuesday night he's not worried about getting pushed out by anyone seeking change.
"People have always asked me whether the Siena Francis House would have to move. I never felt that way. I think we have so much investment here ourselves."
Development requests are scheduled to go in front of the Omaha Planning Board Wednesday. That meeting is slated to begin at 1:30 P.M.
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