City still considering making former NAD blighted and substandard area

HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - In Hastings, the city is still considering making part of the former Naval Ammunition Depot a blighted and substandard area.

In Hastings, the city is still considering making part of the former Naval Ammunition Depot a blighted and substandard area. (Source: Kelsey Dickeson, KSNB)

Golden Triangle Inc. owns the area they're looking at, and submitted an application to make it a blighted area. It would create tax incentives in case someone comes along and wants to redevelop the area.

"It's a very popular tool all over Nebraska. There are a lot of projects that have gotten off the ground that wouldn't have otherwise gotten off the ground. That's really what the incentive is written for, to be able to take a project that may not make sense or may not be feasible for a developer and add just enough of an incentive to where it does make sense," said Don Threewitt, director of developmental services for the city of Hastings.

The Community Redevelopment Authority and Planning Commission decides if the area meets certain criteria to qualify as a blighted area. If it does, the CRA will recommend it to the City Council, who will decide to designate it as blighted and substandard.

The area is outside city limits, but there's a provision in state law that allows the city to make a blighted designation for former military sites.

The city tabled the motion until the Planning Commission's next meeting, so there could be more outreach done and Golden Triangle Inc. can complete more documents. It'll be a public hearing, which'll be at 4 p.m. on December 16.