Columbia City Council Approves Two Downtown Development Projects

2 years 4 months 1 week ago March 19, 2014 Mar 19, 2014 Wednesday, March 19 2014 Wednesday, March 19, 2014 1:51:00 PM CDT in News
By: Jen Lask, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - During a special meeting Wednesday, the Columbia City Council voted to approve two student housing development proposals.  

The meeting was a continuation of discussions from Monday's city council meeting, during which residents voiced their concerns about the council's swift speed in pushing the three proposals.

The council and community members spent roughly an hour Wednesday discussing the merits of the first proposal, a development agreement with Columbia Properties II, LLC. The proposal includes plans to build a student housing complex that would house up to 351 students on the south side of Conley Avenue, between Fourth Street and Fifth Street.

After the council opened up the discussion to the public, one community member voiced her concerns with the council's communication with the community, saying anger was "rampant" in the community.

Another community member said he understood the logistics of the development proposal, but again cited concerns about communication, saying it seemed "illogical" that the council was on a retreat throughout Wednesday morning and could not be reached.

Michael Trapp, among other council members, acknowledged the communication issues.

"My apologies to the public who felt ill-used by the process," Trapp said. "But we can't kill the project or delay it."

During Monday night's meeting, Mayor Bob McDavid said the contractors have an April 1 deadline for financing reasons. Trapp acknowledged the deadline and also pointed out the need for the housing to be completed by August 2015 to accommodate the students that would move in.

After each council member shared his and her thoughts on the Columbia Properties proposal, the council unanimously voted to approve the development project.

The council then moved onto the next item on the agenda, a development agreement with Opus Development Company, LLC. that concerns a 256-bed apartment complex on the north side of Locust Street between Seventh and Eighth Street. 

While the council unanimously supported Columbia Properties II's proposal, the council split down the middle for Opus.

"Opus has conformed to all of Columbia's rules, regulations and demands," McDavid said.

Council member Ian Thomas said he did not think Columbia had the infrastructure in place for Opus, which aims to open a complex in Fall 2015. Thomas proposed tabling the issue for six months, a move that McDavid called "disingenuous."

The council voted down the motion, 4-3, and ultimately approved the Opus plan, 4-3.

The council then voted to table the ACC OP Development, LLC, agreement. ACC's development plan concerns property located on the northeast corner of Providence Road and Turner Avenue, and on the northwest corner of Turner Avenue and Fifth Street.

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City police have found a man dead and another victim critically wounded nearby. Police... More >>
39 minutes ago July 29, 2016 Jul 29, 2016 Friday, July 29 2016 Friday, July 29, 2016 6:22:33 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Opponents and supporters of Proposition 1 met at Columbia's Activity and Recreation Center (ARC) Thursday night to voice... More >>
9 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 9:29:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – Police arrested one man and are searching for another man in connection with a shooting that killed a... More >>
10 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 8:29:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former St. Louis city prosecutor has been sentenced to probation for helping cover up a... More >>
11 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 7:14:59 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — An injured bald eagle got a little help from a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper. The... More >>
12 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 6:52:36 PM CDT in News
SHANNON COUNTY – A jury found a man guilty of murdering his wife in May 2014. He was also found... More >>
12 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 6:25:00 PM CDT in News
JOPLIN (AP) — Eagle Picher Technologies is laying off 135 workers in Joplin. Sean Parker, vice president of human... More >>
13 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 6:00:35 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA – The two biggest cities in mid-Missouri rank very high when it comes to career opportunities. According to... More >>
13 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 5:39:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - KOMU 8 News was waiting for confirmation from the Columbia Police Department that a suspect has been arrested... More >>
13 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 5:36:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway is touting her experience as a former U.S. attorney in... More >>
14 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 4:16:44 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge has rejected conspiracy allegations against Missouri State Highway Patrol commanders named in a... More >>
15 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 3:42:52 PM CDT in News
JOPLIN (AP) — A 53-year-old southwest Missouri man has been ordered to stand trial in the death of a 61-year-old... More >>
15 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 3:10:16 PM CDT in News
MOBERLY - After four straight days with water boil advisory warnings, Moberly residents could see a solution to their water... More >>
15 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 3:03:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a St. Louis woman with arranging the deaths of two 16-year-old boys who... More >>
16 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 2:39:16 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri election officials are predicting 31 percent of registered voters will cast ballots in next Tuesday's... More >>
16 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 2:31:02 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine is seeking to rally support in Missouri, where he attended... More >>
16 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 2:25:11 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The executive director of the Missouri Veteran's Commission, Larry Kay, was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday. The... More >>
16 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 2:09:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia resident Beth Dixon and her team of volunteers finished preparing care bags for local law enforcement Thursday... More >>
17 hours ago July 28, 2016 Jul 28, 2016 Thursday, July 28 2016 Thursday, July 28, 2016 1:39:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 69°
7am 69°
8am 72°
9am 75°
10am 78°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

6:00a
KOMU 8 News Today
7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
6:30a
Are We There Yet?
7:00a
Intelligence for Your Life
7:30a
Cops Reloaded

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
America's Got Talent
9:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
Masters of Illusion
7:30p
Masters of Illusion
8:00p
MADtv
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld