Plans for Apartment Complex has Residents Concerned

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COLUMBIA - Plans for a student apartment complex at the east end of Stadium Boulevard near Highway 63 has some residents who live nearby concerned. A development project called Crosscreek is planned for the southeast corner of that intersection.

The Shephard Boulevard Neighborhood Association held a meeting in March for members to voice any concerns they had about the proposed complex. Member Rod Robinson said residents were mainly concerned about extra traffic a complex would bring. Robinson said the area already sees congestion in the morning hours.

Robinson also said the backers of the project told the group the student housing complex would produce less traffic than other businesses planned for the land.

Another concern residents voiced is that construction is being done by Asset Plus, a Houston-based company. 

Robinson said some past contractors from out of town have "benefitted the community very little." He said since those developers hold little stake in Columbia, the quality of work is often not as high as that of local contractors.

Betty Martchionda is also a member of Shephard Boulevard Neighborhood Association. She said, "I would much rather see a local developer build it than have somebody from out of town build it and sell it."

Robison said the association addressed this concern with the city, and officials promised to do all they could to incorporate local developers. One such way has been incorporating Little Dixie Construction into the development plans.

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission approved the building of the complex at its meeting Thursday night. Next, the city council will need to give its approval.

Robinson said he's glad to see something being built, and he's glad the city is taking the neighborhood associations into consideration during the planning process.