Old buildings

The city of Papillion (population 20,785) is setting an example for Hastings (population 25,058).

In a Nov. 7 article in the Omaha World-Herald, staff writer Emily Nohr explains how Papillion is allowing exceptions to regular city building code standards to allow businesses to renovate older buildings downtown as long as the buildings are not hazardous. This is the headline: “City’s flexibility helps put new luster on old buildings.”

The article goes on to state that the city says the code modifications will save business owners money while preserving downtown’s history and protecting public health and safety. More store fronts could mean more activities for others, the article states.

Here’s my question: When are the Hastings leaders going to end their vendetta against the owner of the old middle school and allow the small business owners inside to renovate and open their businesses?

There are large companies from Omaha that would like to invest in cultural activities in the auditorium if the city would give up this grudge. Do the citizens of Hastings know what is going on here and who is responsible for the holdup of the development of this building?

Hastings is missing out on some great opportunities.

This type of code modification would also help with the development of the rest of the downtown area.

Kay Evans

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