A public hearing was held and an ordinance was approved at the Nebraska City City Council meeting Monday for a senior housing development that will soon be under construction near the CHI St. Mary’s Hospital in Nebraska City.
The ordinance re-zoned land for the development so that it could proceed. Seven four-plex senior housing units will be constructed.
Andrew Danner of Northstar Housing was at the city council meeting to talk about the developments. Each unit will feature two bedrooms, a bathroom, a one-car garage and a storage area, all for an affordable rate between $450 and $480 per month.
Seniors will be supported as the units will be fully maintained, including yard maintenence and snow removal.
Danner expressed his appreciation to the council members, the city staff and the planning commission for working diligently with the development group to make the senior housing program successful.
Danner said he feels as though the Nebraska City area has a need that can be met with this housing option. In fact, Danner said he feels the need is even greater than the 28 units and could signal a phase two.
Once a development is established, Danner said Nebraska City would be considered for a second development.
Dan Mauk of the Nebraska City Area Economic Development Corporation said the housing for seniors will have the secondary housing impact of opening up homes when seniors decide to relocate to the new housing.
More housing options are definitely something that Nebraska City needs. Mauk said a 2013 housing study indicated that Nebraska City needed to add 13 units per year. The city has been averaging 4.5 units per year.
The senior development helps catch Nebraska City up in that regard.
Tracy Wieckhorst spoke at the council meeting and expressed her gratitude toward Danner’s company.
“Thank you for bringing affordable housing to our community,” she said. “I think the community will see, in the long run, how much it will pay off.”

In other news:
The city council held a public hearing and approved an ordinance to re-zone property at 2005 4th Corso, which was the site of the former Woodman of the World Camp. The zoning facilitates a sale to New Tech Properties, LLC, and allows its business plan.
The city council heard a report from Donna Kruse of the Morton James Public Library and approved an application by the library for the Community and Civic Center Financing Fund. If approved, the library would receive $150K for a city match of the same to maintain the exterior of the library. Kruse said the project would allow for tuckpointing and otherwise improving and preserving the exterior of the structure. Kruse said Nebraska City has some of its match thanks to funds from the Kropp and Nelson foundations and will utilize the next calendar year to raise additional money for the match, which would be made in 2018-19.
The city approved a utility purchase for a 69Kv/24.9Kv/14.4Kv/13.8Kv Switched Delta Mobile Substation from Jordan Transformer in the amount of $724,721 plus applicable sales taxes. Leroy Frana of the Nebraska City Utilities said the new unit will be mounted on a trailer bed thus allowing for mobility and would give the utilities flexibility in its operations and would have use in supporting the organization’s business west of Nebraska City in the Syracuse and Palmyra areas.