By: Sabrina Ahmed
One neighborhood in Lincoln is getting a million dollar face lift! On South 11th Street, from "A" to "J", the city has two projects going.
One is to help make the public land prettier, and the other, to give home owners a break on fixing up the outside of their houses.
At one time, 11th Street was full of some of the nicest mansions in Lincoln.
"Homes like this—the craftsmanship isn't really done anymore and if these homes deteriorate, if someone doesn't jump in and renovate them, they'll disappear off the landscape," Homeowner Greg Baker said.
And the city is trying to get this part of the Everett Neighborhood back to its prime. It started with a street beautification on South 11th Street from "A" to "J". They will add street lights, banners, benches, and landscape a lot of the public area.
They'll also make some of the dangerous intersections a little easier to get through with "bump outs" to slow traffic. It's all being funded by federal grants. But the city isn't stopping there.
"Just to help improve not only the city piece from property line to property line, but also to make those funds available for resident property owners as well," Urban Development official Wynn Hjermstad said.
They are also offering zero interest loans to homeowners to improve the exterior of their houses. Once 75 percent of the loan is repayed, the remaining 25 percent will be forgiven.
Some homeowners who have already taken part in the program say it's worth it.
"It's a lot of work. It's constant. But as long as you know that going in, it's a lot of fun. It's really fun to maintain something like this," Baker said.
When revitalization happens to a neighborhood, crime rates in the area tend to go down. Home values increase.
The total project is about 1.3 million dollars. A few loans for homes are already in the works, and construction for the project starts in the spring.