Reaction to Decision to Keep Historic Niedermeyer Apartments

3 years 1 month 2 weeks ago March 12, 2013 Mar 12, 2013 Tuesday, March 12 2013 Tuesday, March 12, 2013 9:53:00 PM CDT in News
By: Dan Kennedy

COLUMBIA - One historic Columbia building's fate may be out of limbo. Mayor Bob McDavid and the City of Columbia's Historic Preservation Commission reached a tentative agreement Tuesday to preserve the historic Niedermeyer Apartments on Cherry St. in downtown Columbia.

General Richard Gentry built the house for the Christian Female Academy, now called Stephens College, in 1837. Andrew Jackson was U.S. president. 

Elizabeth Gentry Sayad named off the laundry-list of hats her great-great-grandfather Richard Gentry once wore.

"He was the founder of Boone County, of Columbia, its first mayor, its first postmaster," she said. "State senator in first legislature that met in Jefferson City."

In recent months, there's been speculation that a St. Louis student housing developer had plans to buy and tear down the four-story building and build a 15-story student apartment complex in its place. For perspective, the two tallest buildings in downtown Columbia include Paquin Towers at 15 stories and the Tiger Hotel at 10 stories. 

But Collegiate Housing Partners announced Tuesday it will sell the historic property to MU Math Professor Nakhle Asmar for an undisclosed amount. Asmar wouldn't talk to KOMU 8 News. And for now, the structure stays standing.

"We've listened to your concerns," said Brandt Stiles of CHP. "One of our company's core principle's is being a big community developer and listening to the community plays a large role in that."

And now, the historic home at Tenth and Cherry Streets is preserved.

"This building catches people's eyes, you know," said Tenant Henry Lowe. "My windows are always open and I always hear people asking what it is."

Lowe will continue living at the Niedermeyer apartments and Gentry's great-great-grandfather's legacy lives. 

'If a community doesn't know its stories, it has no history," said Sayad. 

Local Realtor Brent Gardner is a member of the Historic Preservation Commission. He said unlike other preservation projects he's worked on, everyone wanted to see the Niedermeyer stay.

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS — After a month of food donations, Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance will announce the total weight of its... More >>
1 hour ago May 01, 2016 May 1, 2016 Sunday, May 01 2016 Sunday, May 01, 2016 8:59:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The Boone County Sheriff's Department, Columbia Police Department and Jefferson City Police Department collected unused or unwanted prescription... More >>
14 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 8:28:00 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A 28-year-old Springfield man has been sentenced to two life terms for fatally stabbing a rural southwest... More >>
18 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 4:23:26 PM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — Safe Kids Columbia unveiled its new Safe Kids Mobile Education Unit Saturday. Children also learned about safety while... More >>
18 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 4:20:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Boone Hospital gave community members a chance to receive a variety of free cancer screenings at their 3rd... More >>
18 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 3:54:00 PM CDT in News
BOONE COUNTY — A woman was hospitalized after crashing her car on Highway 63 Saturday afternoon. According to the... More >>
18 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 3:49:00 PM CDT in News
CHICAGO - The NFL Draft has called and Mizzou answered. Today three former Missouri Tigers were selected in the... More >>
19 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 3:23:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Junior Golf Foundation opened the Ken Lanning Golf Center Saturday morning. The golf course... More >>
19 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 3:20:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Hundreds of mid-Missourians gathered at Bass Pro Shops Lake Saturday morning for the fifth annual "Float Your Boat... More >>
19 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 2:41:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — There are two weeks left for the Missouri Legislature to pass bills, and some Democrats are... More >>
21 hours ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 1:27:24 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) said Saturday a man who they arrested on Wednesday has died. ... More >>
1 day ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 8:53:00 AM CDT in News
MEXICO — Parents, teachers and potential foster parents are taking the opportunity to offer their kids a better life by... More >>
1 day ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 6:15:00 AM CDT in News
BALLWIN (AP) — Republicans are choosing 40 of the 57 Missouri delegates to their national convention and many may not... More >>
1 day ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 5:56:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — A town hall meeting to explain an updated development code for the city of Columbia was held Saturday... More >>
1 day ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 4:23:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — What was supposed to be a simple meet and greet resulted in a change of location and some... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 8:09:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — High school students from all over the state traveled to Columbia for the MSHSAA Music Festival, the state-level... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 8:01:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Missouri residents will see more insects this Spring and Summer because temperatures did not hit below freezing enough... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 7:07:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The City of Columbia utility department recently sent out 8,000 incorrect utility bills. Assistant Director Jim Windsor... More >>
1 day ago April 29, 2016 Apr 29, 2016 Friday, April 29 2016 Friday, April 29, 2016 5:36:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 63°
11am 64°
12pm 65°
1pm 66°
2pm 65°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

10:30a
Noodle and Doodle
11:00a
Wild About Animals
11:30a
Paid Program
10:30a
In Search of the Lord's Way
11:00a
Paid Program
11:30a
Paid Program

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Little Big Shots
8:01p
The Carmichael Show
8:30p
Crowded
9:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
A History of Violence
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Cougar Town