So. Boone Economic Council To Discuss Plan For Downtown Ashland

3 years 5 months 4 days ago November 28, 2012 Nov 28, 2012 Wednesday, November 28 2012 Wednesday, November 28, 2012 2:40:00 PM CST in News
By: Elise Oggioni

ASHLAND - Located off of Highway 63 between Columbia and Jefferson City, Ashland is home to about 3,700 residents and many local businesses.

Brian Kirmse owns You Got Shot Photography, a home-based photography studio, who said his business revolves around the Ashland community.

""We like to stick with the local community, shoot Ashland...uh...sports, that's our big deal," Kirmse said.

He also said that despite not having a storefront downtown, he still sees a steady flow of business and clients coming to his home.

The town also has been undergoing some changes in the past few weeks, with the addition of a new regional library just off Broadway, and one group in Ashland wants to keep the changes coming.

The Southern Boone Economic Development Council is scheduled to meet with Planning and Zoning officials this month to discuss a proposed plan for a new downtown Ashland district. This plan would include adding more businesses to downtown, which some say could help this sleepy bedroom community create a downtown atmosphere that would attract more than just Ashland residents.

SBEDC President Kim Ponder said the council is focused on promoting local business as well as the city itself.

"We're looking for more business, more of a retail base, more of a...to help our tax base. We want, really, a little more diversification. We like the idea of entreprenuership, we like the small based businesses, so we think that this plan may help create some more of those opportunities," Ponder said.

She also said city officials will have to look into creating more parking downtown to accomodate the addition of new businesses. The intent of a downtown parking plan is to evaluate the existing public parking and recommend a variety of solutions for the City to pursue.

The plan stems from a comprehensive plan adopted in 2009 in an effort to provide a tool for community leaders to utilize during their decision making process. The Comprehensive Plan includes a wide variety of strategies designed to provide for the on- going needs of the City and its residents. One of the strategies recommended within the Comprehensive Plan is the development of a "downtown revitalization plan".

 The Ashland Business District will be designed to provide a variety of uses which are intended to promote an environment which is more community-minded and pedestrian friendly than other districts in other cities. The goal of this district is to be a focal point for Ashland's shopping, dining, entertainment, and service destinations.

More News

Grid
List
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A former police officer for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri, is accused... More >>
48 minutes ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 8:03:02 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have advanced a "personhood" measure that backers said will protect the unborn and opponents... More >>
1 hour ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 7:09:10 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - MU Health employees filed a lawsuit against the hospital and claimed MU Health "knowingly and willfully failed and... More >>
2 hours ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 6:06:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Centers for Disease Control said more than 50 percent of children with ADHD between 2-5 years old... More >>
3 hours ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 5:50:00 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Mayor Sly James says the city will not hold an election this year... More >>
4 hours ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 4:50:26 PM CDT in Continuous News
FORT LEONARD WOOD - First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden paid a visit to Thayer Elementary... More >>
4 hours ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 4:15:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Supreme Court judges have ruled against what some called a tax loophole for doughnut holes.... More >>
4 hours ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 3:58:49 PM CDT in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have approved the creation of a commission to review the University of Missouri System's... More >>
5 hours ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 3:46:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Toddlers have shot seven people in Missouri since 2015, according to a Washington Post analysis. Only Georgia had... More >>
5 hours ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 2:52:00 PM CDT in News
JOPLIN (AP) — A man who left a Joplin hospital against medical advice after he was wounded by police is... More >>
6 hours ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 2:02:59 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman who was charged with abandoning her baby in a Manhattan subway station in 2014... More >>
7 hours ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 1:50:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Legislature has voted to override the governor and block a wage hike for home-care... More >>
7 hours ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 1:43:00 PM CDT in News
LIBERTY (AP) — Authorities said that a building has partially collapsed on the historic square in the Kansas City suburb... More >>
7 hours ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 1:39:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - An Illinois man was taken into custody Monday night charged with dismembering a human body. Police arrested... More >>
7 hours ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 1:17:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia bought new billing software designed to make utility bills easier to read. The... More >>
7 hours ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 12:57:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The United Way of Central Missouri's 2016 campaign theme was revealed with a mini parade Tuesday morning.... More >>
8 hours ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 12:23:00 PM CDT in News
BOONVILLE - The Boonville Police Department's new K-9, Vik, passed the certification to be a Police Utility Dog, according to... More >>
10 hours ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 10:18:00 AM CDT in News
WARRENTON, Mo. — A black bear briefly trapped by Missouri wildlife experts clearly has made some tracks across the state... More >>
11 hours ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 Tuesday, May 03, 2016 9:17:00 AM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 60°
9pm 59°
10pm 57°
11pm 55°
12am 55°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

8:00p
Chicago Med
9:00p
Chicago Fire
10:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 10
8:00p
Containment
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
8:00p
Chicago Med
9:00p
Chicago Fire
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
Containment
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld