City Plans to Propose a New Bill for Opus Development

4 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Monday, April 28 2014 Apr 28, 2014 Monday, April 28, 2014 3:44:00 PM CDT April 28, 2014 in News
By: Mary Kate Burgess, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia has finally come to a head over drama around the Opus Development Project.

First ward councilwoman Ginny Chadwick told KOMU 8 News Monday she plans on presenting a bill to the council that will rescind the original deal allowing the Opus Group to develop downtown. She will then present another bill  to the council that would have to go through due process. Chadwick hopes the new agreement will make both the company and citizens happy.

Earlier in the year, the city approved a bill for the development to move forward with its student housing project. That was stalled when a group called Repeal 6214 presented a petition to the council with 3,633 signatures in order to stop the development.

Opus Development then threatened to sue the city of Columbia at the April 21 city council meeting, when lawyers representing the development company told the council the city needed to honor its agreement or pay damages. Joe Downs, senior director at Opus Development Company released a statement via email Monday that said, "Opus appreciates and supports Council Member Chadwick's efforts to sponsor a new development agreement for our proposed project. It appears Ms. Chadwick's approach could allow us to move forward and we will work together to support this process. If successful, there would be no need to make claims against the City. Opus is interested in proceeding with the project, not needless litigation."

Chadwick said she was "encouraged by Opus' continued conversations with the city and the CID to improve the project to fit within the scope of the Ave of the Columns and the Columbia Imagined plan by creating active ground floor space and incorporating local art."

Chadwick also said the project will contribute $450,000 towards the city's infrastructure needs, which is about $1,700 per bed.  "This is more than any project presented by the city," she said. "More than councilman Skala's sponsored bill for Tenth and Broadway, which is coming in at $1,300 a bed."

The city council will have a first read of the bill at its May 5th meeting, and will vote on whether or not to go through with the bill at its May 19th meeting.

 

(Editors Note: KOMU 8 News has changed the headline and parts of this story since it was originally posted.)

More News

Grid
List
IOWA CITY - In the Regional Finals of the Women's NCAA Tournament, the Mizzou Tigers lost to the Iowa Hawkeyes... More >>
6 minutes ago Monday, March 25 2019 Mar 25, 2019 Monday, March 25, 2019 12:22:10 AM CDT March 25, 2019 in Sports
MOBERLY - A woman was arrested in Moberly Saturday evening for driving while intoxicated with two children in the car,... More >>
26 minutes ago Monday, March 25 2019 Mar 25, 2019 Monday, March 25, 2019 12:02:00 AM CDT March 25, 2019 in News
(CNN) -- A triumphant President Donald Trump emerged Sunday to claim "complete and total exoneration" after special counsel... More >>
3 hours ago Sunday, March 24 2019 Mar 24, 2019 Sunday, March 24, 2019 9:02:00 PM CDT March 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Law enforcement agencies are turning to social media to connect with the people they serve. Police departments, sheriff's... More >>
5 hours ago Sunday, March 24 2019 Mar 24, 2019 Sunday, March 24, 2019 6:43:00 PM CDT March 24, 2019 in News
SALINE COUNTY - A body was recovered from the Missouri River Sunday afternoon. The Saline County Sheriff's Office said... More >>
7 hours ago Sunday, March 24 2019 Mar 24, 2019 Sunday, March 24, 2019 4:50:00 PM CDT March 24, 2019 in News
If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, here's how to get help : In the... More >>
8 hours ago Sunday, March 24 2019 Mar 24, 2019 Sunday, March 24, 2019 3:35:00 PM CDT March 24, 2019 in News
(CNN) - The special counsel did not find Trump campaign or associates conspired with Russia. "The special counsel's investigation... More >>
11 hours ago Sunday, March 24 2019 Mar 24, 2019 Sunday, March 24, 2019 1:05:00 PM CDT March 24, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A locally-owned beer shop will close its doors for good on Wednesday. Craft Beer Cellar announced its... More >>
13 hours ago Sunday, March 24 2019 Mar 24, 2019 Sunday, March 24, 2019 11:08:00 AM CDT March 24, 2019 in News
(CNN) -- The evacuation of passengers from a cruise ship off the western coast of Norway has come to an... More >>
14 hours ago Sunday, March 24 2019 Mar 24, 2019 Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:14:41 AM CDT March 24, 2019 in News
(CNN) — Rescuers are scrambling to rescue about 1,300 passengers and crew from a cruise ship off Norway... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, March 23 2019 Mar 23, 2019 Saturday, March 23, 2019 11:09:00 PM CDT March 23, 2019 in News
MOBERLY — Moberly Police said they have arrested a man who tried to escape from them. According to Moberly... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, March 23 2019 Mar 23, 2019 Saturday, March 23, 2019 8:05:00 PM CDT March 23, 2019 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Arkansas-based Tyson Foods is recalling more than 69,000 pounds (31,297 kilograms) of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips because... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, March 23 2019 Mar 23, 2019 Saturday, March 23, 2019 6:32:00 PM CDT March 23, 2019 in News
If you or someone you know might be at risk of suicide, here's how to get help : In the... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, March 23 2019 Mar 23, 2019 Saturday, March 23, 2019 4:45:00 PM CDT March 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — Boone County officials have found an elderly man who went missing in Columbia, Saturday. Officials said they ended... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, March 23 2019 Mar 23, 2019 Saturday, March 23, 2019 3:56:00 PM CDT March 23, 2019 in News
SUNRISE BEACH - The smell of fresh barbecue filled the air at the Bear Bottom Resort this afternoon. The community... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, March 23 2019 Mar 23, 2019 Saturday, March 23, 2019 3:20:00 PM CDT March 23, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A fire broke out at the intersection of Broadway and Old Highway 63 South. The fire was... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, March 23 2019 Mar 23, 2019 Saturday, March 23, 2019 3:00:00 PM CDT March 23, 2019 in News
BOWLING GREEN — A student at Bowling Green High School died Friday after a car crash according to the... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, March 23 2019 Mar 23, 2019 Saturday, March 23, 2019 2:55:00 PM CDT March 23, 2019 in News
AUDRAIN COUNTY - The Audrain County Sheriff's Office is searching for a man wanted on outstanding felony charges. In... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, March 23 2019 Mar 23, 2019 Saturday, March 23, 2019 12:31:00 PM CDT March 23, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 53°
1am 50°
2am 50°
3am 49°
4am 47°