An area of Wisner designated as ‘Wisner Redevelopment #1’ has reached determination as both substandard and blighted according to a study done by the Northeast Nebraska Economic Development District.
According to the Community Development Law, or State Statute 18-2102, the Wisner area qualifies by meeting one of five quantitative or objective criterias.
The objective criteria met was that: the average age of residential or commercial units in the area are at least 40 years old.
It was determined that there are 235 commercial and residential structures within the redevelopment area which have dates of construction listed at the Cuming County Assessor’s office. The average age for the properties is 76.35 years.
Once meeting the objective qualifying requirement, an area is still subject to further review under the subjective criteria section.
The subjective criteria was met under five principles. These include: 1) a substantial number of deteriorated or deteriorating structures; 2) existence of defective or inadequate street layout; 3) unsanitary or unsafe conditions; 4) deterioration of site or other improvements; 5) the existence of conditions that endanger life or property by fire and other causes.
Of the total properties assessed, 87 of the 338 were given ratings of poor or dilapidated. This accounts for over 25 percent of the total properties in the redevelopment area.
Approximately 144 acres of land in the area remains underdeveloped due to the lack of transportation, water, and sewer infrastructure.
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