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Herb Freeman Project to Set New
From an Omaha beanfield...a new community emerges.
It's a new neighborhood unlike any other built in the last 50
years, but Founder Herb
Freemanís planned project for State and 168th Streets will
immediately remind Omaha residents of places they revere - Dundee,
Happy Hollow, Field Club.
The rolling landscape will be respected, providing a unique setting
for a community that comfortably mixes residences of all types with
parks, plazas, walking paths, and places to gather for festivals
and everyday fun. (Click here
to see the site plan; here
for the block structure; and here
for the greenspace network.)
Interest in the neighborhood and the market choices it represents
has been significant since news of the development first became
public with articles in
the Omaha World Herald and on this website, and has even generated
discussion of traditional neighborhood development online at
Developer Herb Freeman's home, a Georgian mansion that sits in the
geographic center of his 160 acres, anchors a community commons.
On the commons, a tower rises, offering views of the community in
all directions. At its base are fireplaces and seating, providing
an inviting conversation area in most seasons. A large green, suitable
for croquet and Frisbee tossing spreads below the mansion-turned-community
center. And across the green from the tower is a classically proportioned
building to accommodate festival displays and parties.
The architecture of the new community draws its inspiration from
designs Herb loves. (For Herb's thoughts on architectural personality,
It's a style particularly suited to the contours of the former farmland,
affording a variety of lot sizes and slopes. In fact, the rolling
topography, considered an obstacle to conventional suburban development,
enhances the unique feel of streets and the homes and commercial
structures that line the streets.
The designs of individual buildings demonstrate the broad variety
of approaches to the Colonial-era styles. Here again is the best
of the old with all the advantages of the new. Architects on
Herb's charrette team produced a wide selection of single-family
homes, multifamily structures, and live-work units.
Future residents of the community will also enjoy one of the key
ingredients of a traditional neighborhood design - the ability to
walk to cafes, shopping, and other everyday destinations within
the community. For Herb's project, designers created a vibrant market
area in the southwest corner of the parcel.
Judging by the enthusiasm of folks who saw the final presentation
of charrette plans on September 9, Herb is already well on its way
towards delivering on his promise to set a new standard for new
neighborhoods in Omaha.
In the coming months, as the project works its way through the planning
and permitting process and new information becomes available, email
updates will be released to those following along. Want to stay
connected? Make sure to register here.
Get the Founderís perspective.
Read the story behind the name of
Sending a message to the future.
Download the final presentation
See the photos.