Hartley Flats has been named Lincoln's 2017 Community Development Week award winner. The housing development at 444 N. 27th Street was among six projects across the state recognized at this morning's celebration of Community Development Week at the office of Governor Pete Ricketts.
The new 13-unit multi-family housing project was developed by Kris and Julie Sonderup in the midst of three core neighborhoods - Hartley, Clinton and Malone. The Sonderups had previously invested in commercial properties on N. 27th Street and are active in the N. 27th Street Business and Civic Association.
Ernesto Castillo, a Planner for the City's Urban Development Department, said the Sonderups kept track of the vacant City-owned parcel for several years before proposing a housing development to City and neighborhood officials. The City Council approved an amendment to the North 27th Street Redevelopment Plan and the redevelopment agreement for the project. In addition to the $2 million in private investment, the project used $166,000 in tax-increment-financing, primarily for alley paving and façade enhancement. The first residents moved into Hartley Flats in 2016.
"For decades, these core neighborhoods have struggled to stay ahead of disinvestment caused partly by aging housing," Castillo said. "The area has greatly benefited from decades of public investment funded by Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The CDBG funding has gone into housing rehabilitation and first-time homebuyer assistance, as well as park and sidewalk improvements."
For more information on the Urban Development Department, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: urban).