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Time in the spotlight

The recent opening of the impressive addition to the Norfolk Family YMCA has us thinking about the northeast corner of the community.

Always an important part of Norfolk, it’s moving to the forefront in terms of aspects to showcase.

Longtime Norfolkans are well aware of how southwest Norfolk was in the spotlight decades ago when it developed as a primary retail area for the community. What had been swampy land became the home for much of Norfolk’s retail growth.

Those same Norfolkans also are well aware of how northwest Norfolk capitalized on residential housing to grab attention to that corner of the city.

Some of Norfolk’s most expensive homes and attractive neighborhoods can be found in that still-growing sector of the community.

Even southeast Norfolk had its moment several years ago with the construction of the Nucor Detailing Center and the consolidation of operations for the Nebraska Public Power District.

This year’s construction of the Nor-Park housing development will only add to that.

Then we turn our attention to the northeast part of Norfolk.

To be sure, it’s always had its attractions and plusses. The presence of Northeast Community College, the YMCA, the Norfolk Veterans Home and several of Norfolk’s largest employers are a testament to that.

So, what we’re seeing now is not so much a transformation as it is building upon what already is there.

There’s the new YMCA fieldhouse and other additions, the highly anticipated progress made on several housing developments, the plans to improve Benjamin Avenue, the recent construction of the new residence hall on the Northeast campus and the recent opening of the Northeast Industrial Highway.

Add to that the continued presence of Nucor Steel, Norfolk Iron & Metal and the Louis Dreyfus Commodities ethanol plant.

We anticipate northeast Norfolk will be the focus of considerable attention — positive in nature — in the months and years ahead.

Like other sectors of the community, its features add to the overall attractiveness and strength of Norfolk.

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