I don't know if anybody else is as excited as I am about the housing and retail project going into the block bounded by 10th, 11th, M, and N Streets. It was approved yesterday. Hopefully that means this time, unlike seven years ago, the project actually moves forward.
I'm a big proponent of development in that part of Downtown. The northern edge is always going to be active thanks to its proximity to UNL. The west is the Haymarket, which is obviously doing just fine. On the east side you've got Antelope Valley which, although it isn't exactly booming with new activity, has received a nice facelift and has a couple projects in the works. But the area around this project isn't particularly lively or attractive. Fixing up an entire block at once will do wonders for the area. Who knows, maybe this project will spur other activity in the area. And maybe, if we're lucky, some heavy machinery will "accidentally" destroy the fugly 233 Building (aka the former police station) during construction.