The Omaha City Council will weigh in next week on plans for a west Omaha housing and commercial development that has some neighbors worried about traffic problems.
Tuesday, the council held a public hearing on the plan to redevelop the 27-acre Blumkin family property near 122nd Street and West Dodge Road.
That plan, drafted after years of delays and adjustments, calls for an apartment complex, an office building, a bank and retail space. It was endorsed by the Planning Board but has prompted concern from residents around the proposed Candlewood Hills development.
Neighbors sent council members more than 50 emails, and about a dozen of them turned up for Tuesday's council meeting. Some have said that adding a connecting street to a nearby Costco store would exacerbate traffic problems that already exist in the area.
Larry Jobeun, an attorney for the developer, said the plans would benefit neighbors, who would have access to nearby businesses, and have a minimal impact on local traffic. City officials have said making the neighborhood more connected to other streets is in line with Omaha's master plan.
City officials plan to attend a neighborhood meeting Monday night to discuss residents' concerns.