Built on the former site of Pleasantview Homes, a 300-unit public housing site in North Omaha, Highlander has been a catalyst for revitalization of this historically under-served neighborhood. The new development sits on 23 acres straddling 30th Street, a major north-south corridor. In the 1970’s a large portion of the neighborhood was demolished to construct Highway 75. Since 2014 Seventy Five North Revitalization Corp. and its partners have constructed 101 mixed-income housing units in a modern, contextually-urban neighborhood in an effort to reverse the effects of this disinvestment. Focused on supporting extended families and children, phase one included a multifamily courtyard apartment building, townhomes, and multi-generational housing, providing a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units.
Seventy Five North and APMA worked with Purpose Built Communities which is a non-profit that works with local leaders to implement a holistic approach to revitalizing distressed neighborhoods.
Highlander’s multi-generational housing is designed to accommodate families with aging parents, older children or extended members by providing a ground floor, self-contained living unit within the larger residence, affording occupants their privacy. Large windows and street-facing living spaces ensure that children playing in the front yard or street can be easily supervised. These ground floor living units also provide opportunities for small businesses and live/work arrangements.
Across the street the townhomes provide a "standalone" two-story living option, each with a large front porch to encourage community building and create an active neighborhood. The main level of the courtyard building hosts the leasing office, various community spaces, and 1- and 2-bedroom units above. A small outdoor pool adjacent to the building provides entertainment for the whole neighborhood.
Countryside Community Church has won the international Religious Architecture and Art Design Award. Co-sponsored by Faith & Form, the prestigious award recognizes the church in the Religious Architecture: New Facilities category.
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