06 March 2015

Iske Place to be New River Greenspace

The final approval of contracts to purchase the last parcels of riverside property will result in a new green space along the Missouri River in southeast Sarpy County.

The former Iske place is located on the west side riverbank, a short distance north of the Platte River confluence, and north of the Highway 34, Platteview Road bridge over the Missouri River.

"After the structures are demolished, the property will be restored to open, green space," said Amanda Grint of the Papio-Missouri Natural Resources District. "We expect that we should have the structures removed by fall 2015."

The area encompasses 34 acres.

"We have restrictive covenants on the uses due to the federal grant," said Amanda Grint of the NRD. Beyond following those conditions we do not have plans at this time and cannot answer your specific questions."

Questions asked were:

  • Will the property be open to the public? And when?
  • What will be the official name of the property?
  • Will hunting be allowed?
  • How will it be managed?

"We see a value to removing people from flood risk and also to restoring open space along the river however no management goals have been set at this point," Grint said in latter February.

A federal grant program was one essential reason the NRD pursued purchase of the property, Grint said. The Papio-Missouri NRD will move ahead on efforts to revert the area from a housing development to green space, once they close upon the property.

A "hazard mitigation grant" from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will pay 75 percent of the $1.5 million cost of property acqisition. A 12.5 percent of the cost is funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust. The remaining 12.5 percent will be paid for by the NRD, the City of Bellevue and Sarpy County.

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