Neighborhood Revitalization Meeting

Lincoln South Downtown – SoDo

In 2014 Lincoln Vital Signs report was commissioned by philanthropic organizations, the business community, the City of Lincoln and Lancaster County to create a shared understanding of the strengths and challenges of the city.  This report is a tool to help us learn more about ourselves and catalyze action to make Lincoln even stronger.

Shortly after the report was released, a group of business, philanthropic and city leaders embarked on a collaborative effort to address two of the severe poverty track census areas south of downtown Lincoln (SODO).  The Lincoln South Downtown Development Fund was established and a Master Plan is now being developed for this area.

As a vital part of this process, consulting firm H3 Studio is hosting a community idea gathering meeting on May 7th at 5:30 PM at Everett Elementary School to assist with their recommendations for the Master Plan.  All are encouraged to attend the meeting and contribute to this process.

For a map of the SoDo area and more information click here.

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Annual Tour of Homes May 10th

Six Historic Homes Showcased

The Near South Neighborhood Association will showcase six historic homes in the Near South area on May 10th.

Tour of HomesKeeping with the mission of the Near South Neighborhood all six properties have been preserved or revitalized to their original state.  Proud home owners will open their doors from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, tickets can be found at The Mill (both locations), Meadowlark, & 17th and Washington Russ’s Market.

Homes in the tour include 1929 C, 1401 S 15th, 1932 S 24th, 1862 Harwood St, 1801 C and 1268 S 20th.  In memory of Bertram Goodhue (designer of the State Capitol) the tour will include the ground breaking of the Goodhue Boulevard Monument which will be located on the South side of the State Capitol on Goodhue Boulevard.

Tour of Homes 2014“The neighbors of the Near South have been opening our doors for years; you’ll often find us sitting on our porches, walking through the tree lined sidewalks and enjoyed the small town community that is our neighborhood.  The tour of homes allows others to see what beauty lines inside those walls.  We can’t wait to see you there.” said Jim Friedman, Near South resident and Association President.
Media interested in visiting the tour or taking pictures must coordinate with Jerre Brammeier at (402) 477-1692.

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Loss of Historic Near South Home Threatened

Chi Phi Fraternity Proposes Demolition of Historic Home

A historic home in the Near South Neighborhood may be demolished to make way for a parking lot if current plans by the Chi Phi fraternity proceed.  The fraternity, which owns the larger Morris Weil house on the corner, wants to expand their parking area as well as use the space for basketball court and ‘special events’.

Chi Phi parking lot

The Morris and Carl Weil houses at 17th and C Streets.

The homes, which were built in the early 1900s, have a shared history.  Morris Weil, who founded the National Bank of Commerce, first built his home on the corner lot and then later had the smaller home built for his son, Carl Weil.

Representatives of the Chi Phi Fraternity presented their plan at the February board meeting of the Near South Neighborhood Association and sought the approval of the board for the proposed demolition or relocation of the home.  The board, after much discussion, voted unanimously against supporting the proposal.

Site of proposed parking lot.

Last week local community activist James Young protested in front of the house with a sign drawing the attention of the local news media.  Both the Lincoln Journal Star and the Daily Nebraskan wrote articles featuring Young and the possible loss of the home.

Conversations between fraternity representatives and the NSNA continue and it is hoped that a compromise may be reached allowing the home to be saved.  The Lincoln Journal Star article may be found here and the piece in the Daily Nebraskan here.

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NSNA Annual Spring Clean Up – April 18th

NSNA Spring Clean-Up Scheduled for April 18

The Near South Neighborhood is once again gearing up our annual NSNA Spring Clean-Up.  This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, April 18th from 8:00 a.m. to Noon.  A collection site will be set up in the NW Parking Lot of Lincoln High School for residents of the Near South Neighborhood to bring items they wish to discard.  Items we CANNOT accept include appliances, electronics, paints, oils, or any other hazardous materials.  We also cannot accept leaves or grass clippings.   Items we CAN accept include general garbage, household trash, unwanted construction material, and old furniture and clothing.  In addition we will be accepting brush debris (tree branches, but excluding leaves and grass).  We will also accept used tires, and direct you where these can be taken and disposed, free of charge.

Near South Spring Clean UpThe location of the NW Lincoln High Parking lot is on the north side of Lincoln High, along Capitol Parkway, and the furthermost west parking lot (directly across from McDonald’s).  You will see the dumpsters as you approach the site.

All NSNA residents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to clear unwanted things from your home and yard.  The spring clean-up this year is in conjunction once again with the University of Nebraska Big Event.  We will have dozens of University student volunteers who will be combing through the neighborhood picking up trash along the streets, sidewalks, and alleys.  If you happen to see any of these volunteers, please let them know how much we appreciate their time and effort!

If you are interested in helping out as a volunteer with this years Spring Clean-Up you may contact Jim Friedman at or simply show up at the location, on the day of the event.

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