Columbia Citizens Not Satisfied After Opus News Conference

5 years 8 months 2 days ago Friday, May 23 2014 May 23, 2014 Friday, May 23, 2014 7:03:00 PM CDT May 23, 2014 in News
By: Andrew Kauffman, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - First Ward Councilwoman Ginny Chadwick held a news conference Friday afternoon to clear up information on the Opus Development saga.

"Council has limited discretion in this matter," Chadwick said. "The petition will repeal the infrastructure funding but not stop a building permit from being issued to a development that conforms with the zoning regulations once the infrastructure plan is in place. I'm also very concerned about the city setting a precedent of walking away from asking developers who will put new stress and pressures in our infrastructure for support for that." 

This hasn't stopped Columbia citizens from petitioning.

"I'm sort of surprised that they're surprised that there would continue to be concerns about it," Opus petitioner Tracy Greever-Rice said.

At the news conference, Chadwick said the ordinance being repealed won't stop the Opus development.

"The ordinance being repealed simply gives the city a half a million dollars to put toward that infrastructure and transit," Chadwick said. "By repealing the ordinance, we repeal giving the city the extra amount of money." 

After Chadwick made her statement, she handed the floor over to Columbia Councilman Michael Trapp to answer questions.

"I wanted to make sure that I allowed other council individuals to be involved in the process, that it wasn't just me," Chadwick said. 

This statement had some Columbia citizens in attendance upset.

"I wish that we could have a productive, collaborative conversation that takes into account what the community and citizens and constituents are seeing very clearly that they want for downtown," Greever-Rice said. 

Greever-Rice said she has her own vision for downtown.

"We certainly want students adjacent to campus, but we also want families, we want seniors and retirees, we want people from across the spectrum," Greever-Rice said. 

At this point, Chadwick said the Opus Development is a done deal regardless of the petitions, and the 256-bedroom complex will continue to be be built on Locust Street between Seventh and Eighth streets. 

"We're essentially giving up a huge square city block for a generation or two or three to a use that is inconsistent with what downtowns are for," Greever-Rice said. 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Students avoided slick roads after the University of Missouri closed campus on Friday. The school alerted students... More >>
2 hours ago Friday, January 24 2020 Jan 24, 2020 Friday, January 24, 2020 2:07:00 PM CST January 24, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia Public Works Street Division will start plowing and treating all city streets at 1... More >>
4 hours ago Friday, January 24 2020 Jan 24, 2020 Friday, January 24, 2020 12:08:00 PM CST January 24, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Boone Electric Cooperative is reporting outages affecting nearly 5,000 customers Friday morning. The outages are reported across... More >>
6 hours ago Friday, January 24 2020 Jan 24, 2020 Friday, January 24, 2020 10:22:00 AM CST January 24, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Officials with University of Missouri announced campus is closed Friday due to weather. The university earlier announced a... More >>
11 hours ago Friday, January 24 2020 Jan 24, 2020 Friday, January 24, 2020 5:29:00 AM CST January 24, 2020 in News
BELLE - The Maries County Sheriff addressed concerned Belle residents Thursday after the town closed its police department earlier this... More >>
18 hours ago Thursday, January 23 2020 Jan 23, 2020 Thursday, January 23, 2020 10:19:00 PM CST January 23, 2020 in News
MID-MISSOURI - A multi-day storm system continues in central Missouri, eventually coming to an end this evening with snow accumulation... More >>
21 hours ago Thursday, January 23 2020 Jan 23, 2020 Thursday, January 23, 2020 7:07:00 PM CST January 23, 2020 in Weather
JEFFERSON CITY - After more than a year and a half of sitting empty, and with holes throughout, a Jefferson... More >>
22 hours ago Thursday, January 23 2020 Jan 23, 2020 Thursday, January 23, 2020 6:16:00 PM CST January 23, 2020 in News
ASHLAND - Winter weather brings more than just frosty temperatures. It brings the unexpected. Especially when parents and grandparents are... More >>
23 hours ago Thursday, January 23 2020 Jan 23, 2020 Thursday, January 23, 2020 5:06:00 PM CST January 23, 2020 in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY - This winter has brought above-average levels of snow and ice to mid-Missouri, and now, crews across the... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 23 2020 Jan 23, 2020 Thursday, January 23, 2020 4:18:00 PM CST January 23, 2020 in News
COLE COUNTY - Construction on Route 54 south of Jefferson City will begin on Monday, January 27. The project is... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 23 2020 Jan 23, 2020 Thursday, January 23, 2020 3:32:00 PM CST January 23, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a man accused of assault. The... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 23 2020 Jan 23, 2020 Thursday, January 23, 2020 2:42:00 PM CST January 23, 2020 in News
A replat of property at the northwest corner of Cherry and Hitt streets to accommodate plans for a six-story... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 23 2020 Jan 23, 2020 Thursday, January 23, 2020 2:21:00 PM CST January 23, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Jim Lehrer, the retired PBS anchorman and a graduate of the MU School of Journalism, died Thursday... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 23 2020 Jan 23, 2020 Thursday, January 23, 2020 12:59:00 PM CST January 23, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Knight is objecting to a defense request for change of venue in... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 23 2020 Jan 23, 2020 Thursday, January 23, 2020 12:22:00 PM CST January 23, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Roy Blunt commended President Trump’s announcement that the Environmental Protection Agency has finalized its Waters of... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 23 2020 Jan 23, 2020 Thursday, January 23, 2020 12:16:00 PM CST January 23, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday published new visa rules aimed at restricting “birth tourism,” in which women... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 23 2020 Jan 23, 2020 Thursday, January 23, 2020 11:15:00 AM CST January 23, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Too much rock salt on your driveway might hurt your yard in the spring. According to the... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 23 2020 Jan 23, 2020 Thursday, January 23, 2020 11:01:00 AM CST January 23, 2020 in News
SPRINGFIELD - The first untested sexual assault kits recorded through Missouri's SAFE Kits Initiative will be collected at the Springfield... More >>
1 day ago Thursday, January 23 2020 Jan 23, 2020 Thursday, January 23, 2020 10:50:00 AM CST January 23, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 33°
5pm 33°
6pm 32°
7pm 32°
8pm 32°