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Updated Downtown Blight and Substandard Study

The City of Wahoo contracted with JEO Consulting Group to provide an update to the Blight and Substandard Study for the Downtown area of Wahoo. A link to the report as well as a map showing the area is below. 

The downtown area of Wahoo has been declared blighted and substandard since June 2000 when the first study was done. There is a negative connotation associated with the words :blighted" and "substandard", but in this case, the words blighted and substandard are specifically defined in Nebraska Revised Statutes and are intended to encourage updates to property and improvements to public infrastructure. This designation makes a property eligible for consideration for use of tax increment financing which is a financing tool to provide needed improvements to infrastructure or aspects of a project that serve the public. This designation also opens the door to applying for Community Development Block Grant funding to assist with improvements. 

The City Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the study on Thursday, May 2, 2024 and City Council hearing will be on Thursday, May 14th, 2024.  The Planning Commission meets at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, and the City Council meets at 7:00 at the Wahoo Public Library.  Any questions on the study can be directed to the City Administrator by email to harrell@wahoo.ne.us or by mail to 605 N. Broadway, Wahoo, NE  68066.

   2024 Downtown Blight and Substandard Study

   2024 Downtown Blight and Substandard Study - Map Only