Opus Development Could Sue City

2 years 7 months 2 weeks ago April 23, 2014 Apr 23, 2014 Wednesday, April 23 2014 Wednesday, April 23, 2014 6:27:00 AM CDT in News
By: Lexi Spivak, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - The Opus Development Company threatens to sue the City of Columbia if the city does not allow further housing developments downtown. If the city does not find Repeal 6214 invalid, it will have to pay damages to Opus Development.  Repeal 6214 is a petition against building apartments between Seventh and Eighth streets downtown.

On March 31, the Columbia City Council voted in favor of an agreement with Opus Development Group to build a new housing project on the north side of Locust street, between Seventh and Eighth streets.

On April 8, the petition against the agreement was turned in with 3,633 signatures, well over the set amount for the city to review the votes.

The Columbia City Council heard from the public at Monday night's meeting. Opus' attorney Charles Rogers led the comments. Rogers asked the city council to declare the petition against the development invalid. Robert Hollis, Dave Menke, and Joseph Downs were also listed on the agenda as part of the Opus Development Company.

When KOMU 8 News asked city council members to comment on the matter after the meeting, they declined and have yet to say what they will do about the petition.

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