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 jamesfriedman0106@gmail.com or simply show up at the location, on the day of the event.

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NSNA February Board Meeting

There will be no NSNA board meeting in January.  The next scheduled meeting will be on February 9th at 7 PM at Grace Lutheran Church at 2225 Washington.  This will be our last board meeting at this location.

Future board meetings of the Near South Neighborhood Association will be held in the Mayflower Room (located in the basement) at First Plymouth Church at 2000 D Street.

The new location will provide us with a larger area to better accommodate board members, interested guests and members of the community.  Recent meetings have had a relatively large attendance.  We greatly appreciate Grace Lutheran Church allowing us to use their facilities for our meetings in the past.

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Trunk or Treat

Fun Halloween Event

Grace Lutheran Church at 22nd and Washington will again be holding their annual Trunk or Treat event on Halloween, October 31st from 6 to 8 PM in the East parking lot.  The annual Trunk or Treat event is a fun and safe environment for children to go car to car trick or treating.  In addition to the trick or treating, there will also be face painting, a cupcake walk, ring toss and other carnival games.

They are also collecting non-perishable food items that will be given to a local food pantry.  If you have any questions, you can contact Grace Lutheran Church at 402-474-1505

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October Board Meeting

Near South Neighborhood Association Board Meeting

In addition to the recently held Annual Meeting, we will still be having our regular monthly board meeting.  The October board meeting will be held on October 13th, 2014 at 7 PM at Grace Lutheran Church at 22nd and Washington.

Members, as well as the general public, are welcome to attend any of our regularly scheduled board meetings, held the second Monday of every month.

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Free Medication Disposal

National DEA Medication Take-Back Day – 9/27/2014

Proper medication disposal is important to protect our aquatic environment, reduce the risk of accidental poisonings and to deter illegal drug diversion in our communities. National DEA Medication Take-Back Day is September 27th. In Lincoln, go to www.leftovermeds.com for a medication disposal location near you. For your non-Lincoln friends, refer them to www.dea.gov. Anyone can call 1.800.222.1222.

A 30 second informative video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNtuDQOAusk&feature=youtu.be

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National Night Out

Prospect Street Block Party

Near South Block Party

Ryan Baker, 7, lies on the ground and poses for a photo during the Prospect Street Block Party

August 5th was National Night Out.  First introduced in 1984, National Night Out (NNO) began as an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.  You can learn more about NNO and how you can organize your event next year here.

There were many block parties throughout Lincoln that night including one on Prospect Street in the Near South Neighborhood.  It was well attended by old and young alike.

Near South Neighborhood 2014 Block Party
Fabiola Noriega, 12, flips her hair out of a bucket of water during the Prospect Street Block Party on National Neighbors Night Out

In addition to the many neighbors who came out to enjoy BBQ, sandwiches, salad, desserts and more, the event was attended by several officers from the Lincoln Police Department and Lincoln Journal Star photographer Stacy Scott who took the accompanying photos. This was the 21st year the annual event was held on Prospect Street.

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