Streetscape Enhancements in Historic Dundee
Completed in 2014, the Dundee Streetscape project involved renovations and aesthetic improvements along Underwood Avenue between 49th and 51st Street and on 50th Street from California Street to Webster Street. The Dundee District is a historical area featuring two major parks and residential housing. Dating back to the 1880s, it’s believed to be the first suburb of Omaha, NE. The project site lies within the heart of the neighborhood’s business district.
Existing conditions addressed as part of the project included:
- Pavement deterioration
- Stormwater drainage and management
- Elevation changes and ADA accessibility
- The need for an attractive streetscape corridor
Project design began with an extensive planning process and public outreach campaign. This included 3D renderings, public informational meetings, and numerous business owner meetings to guide decision-makers in creating a united vision for Dundee.
Through great ingenuity and detailed review, Snyder & Associates was able to create excellent balance within the corridor, resulting in a 25 percent increase in parking and an even greater complete street environment featuring:
- 40 additional on-street parking spots
- New sidewalks
- Decorative streetlights, benches, tables, brick pavers, bike parking stations, and trash receptacles
- Plazas for public gathering areas
- A rain garden at 50th street and Underwood Avenue
- A variety of trees, shrubs, grasses, and flowers
Businesses remained open during construction, so staging was critical. We worked with the contractor to monitor progress and inform businesses of current project staging and upcoming work activities.
The finished project creates a welcoming, attractive public space, encouraging community growth and vibrancy. Project construction occurred over six months at a cost of $2.5 million, funded in partnership between the City of Omaha, private donors, businesses, and the neighborhood.
Snyder & Associates was hired by the City of Omaha to provide preliminary design, final construction documents, and construction assistance. Staff expertise involved in this heavily stakeholder influenced project included surveyors, civil engineers, landscape architects, electrical engineers, structural engineers, and construction personnel.
The historic Dundee neighborhood was named one of the nation’s Great Neighborhoods by the American Planning Association in 2011. The community was cited for its varied residential architecture, a strong sense of community and ongoing commitment of residents to care for the community.