Business owners in downtown Elkhorn are on board with the city’s plans to spruce up the place with better sidewalks, new lights and signs and a new apartment complex, among other amenities.
The once-independent town, which became part of Omaha in 2007, was one of the areas approved earlier this year for tax-increment financing. Now, the city has drawn up a plan for $1.1 million in downtown improvements and another $1.6 million for work around the Elk Hills Apartments.
The Omaha Planning Board has approved the plan for the apartments and will consider the downtown changes at its meeting next month.
In the meantime, people in the growing business district in Elkhorn said they think the neighborhood could become the western equivalent of Dundee or Benson, bringing in traffic from across the city.
Carl Anderson, who runs the Little Scandinavia gift shop with his wife, Leona, said Elkhorn is having a bit of an awakening.
“I don’t know if we’re totally awake yet, but if we get the TIF money, we’re told by the (planners) that interest in the area goes up. … We’re excited about that.”