Downtown Development Discussion Causes Major Citizen Concern

3 years 10 months 1 day ago Monday, March 17 2014 Mar 17, 2014 Monday, March 17, 2014 9:50:00 PM CDT March 17, 2014 in News
By: Mary Kate Burgess, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council held a public comment forum at its meeting Monday night to allow citizens to voice their concerns about downtown development.

Click here to see photo gallery.

More than 50 people showed up to voice their concerns, and discussion lasted more than 2 hours, with many citizens saying they were very concerned about infrastructure problems.

Three developers, Collegiate Housing Properties, Opus Development Company, and American Campus Communications, have agreed to help pay for infrastructure improvements in order to build near the University of Missouri campus.

The council has been in discussion with some of the developers for over a year, according to Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine.

"These projects are very important," Romaine said.

Downtown development has been on hold for a few months as it tries to figure out how to deal with the ongoing infrastructure issue that is plaguing the city.

"We expect to have some additional electrical power into the downtown area by next fall," Mayor Bob McDavid said. "But it's a limited amount and it's not enough to support all the proposals that are out there."

The council did not vote to approve these agreements at Moday night's meeting, but will vote on them at a special meeting on Wednesday.

The City Council also introduced a bill that would decriminalize marijuana.  The bill would provide for people who use marijuana for medical benefits to use the drug without punishment. 

No decision was made on whether to approve the bill or not at Monday night's meeting. The council will decide on the bill at a later date. 

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri House lawmakers have approved a ban on most lobbyist gifts to themselves and other... More >>
5 minutes ago Wednesday, January 17 2018 Jan 17, 2018 Wednesday, January 17, 2018 12:20:14 PM CST January 17, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker is pushing a bill that would require college students to pass a citizenship test... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, January 17 2018 Jan 17, 2018 Wednesday, January 17, 2018 11:18:00 AM CST January 17, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A southwest Missouri teacher has been charged with having sexual contact with a student. The Springfield... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, January 17 2018 Jan 17, 2018 Wednesday, January 17, 2018 10:34:26 AM CST January 17, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — One man is in custody and three police vehicles are damaged after a pursuit ended... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, January 17 2018 Jan 17, 2018 Wednesday, January 17, 2018 9:57:17 AM CST January 17, 2018 in Continuous News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities say a 6-year-old has accidentally shot and wounded his 7-year-old sister while playing with a gun... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, January 17 2018 Jan 17, 2018 Wednesday, January 17, 2018 9:35:49 AM CST January 17, 2018 in News
GRANDVIEW (AP) — A suburban Kansas City man has been charged in the death of a 27-year-old woman whose... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, January 17 2018 Jan 17, 2018 Wednesday, January 17, 2018 9:29:10 AM CST January 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – There may be a new way to get to MU's campus, without driving. The Columbia City Council... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, January 17 2018 Jan 17, 2018 Wednesday, January 17, 2018 7:28:00 AM CST January 17, 2018 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT - A city administrator says he doesn't want Holts Summit to be a "trashy" town. Rick Hess... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, January 16 2018 Jan 16, 2018 Tuesday, January 16, 2018 7:43:00 PM CST January 16, 2018 in News
OSAGE BEACH - Mid-Missouri hospitals are facing shortages of IV bags as doctors scramble against a particularly difficult flu season.... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, January 16 2018 Jan 16, 2018 Tuesday, January 16, 2018 6:22:00 PM CST January 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – People from the city of Columbia gathered at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting to discuss a community-oriented policing... More >>
18 hours ago Tuesday, January 16 2018 Jan 16, 2018 Tuesday, January 16, 2018 6:09:00 PM CST January 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Some homeless shelters in Columbia are at capacity and have waiting lists as temperatures plunge to near zero... More >>
19 hours ago Tuesday, January 16 2018 Jan 16, 2018 Tuesday, January 16, 2018 5:22:00 PM CST January 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway announced her office has begun an audit of the village of Centertown.... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, January 16 2018 Jan 16, 2018 Tuesday, January 16, 2018 3:47:00 PM CST January 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Several Republican lawmakers are calling for Gov. Eric Greitens, resignation after having an affair with an unnamed... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, January 16 2018 Jan 16, 2018 Tuesday, January 16, 2018 2:54:00 PM CST January 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Officials and the community are on high alert after two attempted child abductions, a little over a... More >>
21 hours ago Tuesday, January 16 2018 Jan 16, 2018 Tuesday, January 16, 2018 2:52:00 PM CST January 16, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The city of Columbia cancelled residential garbage collections Tuesday due to extreme cold temperatures, but that doesn't mean... More >>
22 hours ago Tuesday, January 16 2018 Jan 16, 2018 Tuesday, January 16, 2018 2:07:00 PM CST January 16, 2018 in News
PULASKI COUNTY - Firefighters are investigating a fire that left one person dead Monday night. Virginia Saemp, a neighbor,... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, January 16 2018 Jan 16, 2018 Tuesday, January 16, 2018 11:09:00 AM CST January 16, 2018 in News
LINCOLN — A man has been arrested in a deadly shooting at a west-central Missouri mobile home park. ... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, January 16 2018 Jan 16, 2018 Tuesday, January 16, 2018 7:18:00 AM CST January 16, 2018 in News
FULTON - A circuit judge sentenced a Holts Summit man to 23 years in prison after his 17-year-old girl foster... More >>
1 day ago Monday, January 15 2018 Jan 15, 2018 Monday, January 15, 2018 11:00:00 PM CST January 15, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 14°
1pm 22°
2pm 23°
3pm 25°
4pm 25°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
12:30p
Inside Edition
1:00p
Days of Our Lives
12:00p
Jerry Springer
1:00p
Maury
2:00p
Maury

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Blacklist
8:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
9:00p
Chicago P.D.
7:00p
Riverdale
8:00p
Dynasty
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld