Mission Drive developers ask for help funding road expansion

4 years 7 months 1 week ago Wednesday, November 25 2015 Nov 25, 2015 Wednesday, November 25, 2015 6:14:00 PM CST November 25, 2015 in News
By: Taylor Stevens, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - The developers of a proposed shopping center off of Mission Drive asked the Cole County Commission for $800,000 to extend the road to the site. The Harvard Company, LLC is working to develop a site near Highway 179 that would include restaurants and retail stores among other things. Managing partner Chris Kersten spoke at a commission meeting Tuesday on behalf of the developers and asked commissioners to help fund an extension of Mission Drive to the actual location of the site. 

The site's concept planner, Charlie Stroud, said the developers want two road extensions. One would connect Mission Drive to Rock Ridge Road, and the other would extend Mission Drive to the site. He said the terrain near the site is tough, and developers will need to hire utility workers to cut through bedrock. The requested funds would help pay for this construction. Commissioner Sam Bushman said the cost of the extension is indicative of the cost of the entire project. 

"When you have to pay 1 to 2 million dollars for just that first stretch of terrain, it kind of speaks for the rest of the project," Bushman said.

Bushman said the requested funds would come from an established 1 cent sales tax in both the city and county, but a decision about providing the funds won't be made in the next few months.

"We have a lot of projects we're looking at right now," Bushman said. "This could be a project in the future. We're all for economic development of the county, but this is something that won't be decided for a while."

Bushman said the plan includes the developers paying the county or city the money back within two years, something he said would be a bit of a challenge.

"Boy, you're going to have to have a lot of retail there to be able to pay us back that quickly," Bushman said. 

Bushman said he would like to see a list of potential retailers for the site before making a decision. He said the city has tried and failed to add a hotel downtown in the past, and he worried a shopping center would have a similar experience.

"I'd be interested in seeing who they're bringing into Jefferson City that we don't already have," Bushman said. "That could really help us make a decision."

Bushman and Stroud both acknowledged there is a lot of work to be done before anything is set in stone. Developers plan on also asking the city for $800,000 at the city council meeting on Dec. 21. 

"It could be a great addition to the city and county," Bushman said. "But it could be just a dream. We'll have to wait and see." 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA — A University of Maryland administrator and head of fundraising will be MU's next vice chancellor for advancement,... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 5:25:36 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA —The Columbia/Boone County Health Department trained 15 city employees in contact tracing Monday. But the county is still at... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 4:50:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A free community COVID-19 testing event will be held July 7-9 in Cole County at the former... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 4:39:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY- Patrick Mahomes has signed a 10-year contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs. This new contract will keep... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 4:11:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
BELLE —Police charged two suspects with assault Monday after a man was found with serious injuries. Police arrested 21... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 3:03:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 2:34:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Emotions over mask-wearing mandates are high. KOMU spoke to MU Health Care infectious disease doctor, Dr. Christelle Ilboudo,... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 2:00:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Former Missouri basketball star Laurence Bowers kicked off his sixth annual basketball camp on Monday with the largest... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 12:59:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in Sports
COLUMBIA— Brian Weimer, major of operations with the MU Police Department, has been named interim chief of MUPD, according to... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 12:52:14 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
MISSOURI - The Missouri State Highway Patrol released its 2020 4th of July incident numbers in a news release Monday.... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 12:02:00 PM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 11:02:00 AM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- Around 30 years ago, a town in Oregon retrofitted an old van, staffed it with young medics and... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 10:49:19 AM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- The Columbia City Council is set to vote on a face mask order at their meeting Monday. The... More >>
1 day ago Monday, July 06 2020 Jul 6, 2020 Monday, July 06, 2020 6:21:00 AM CDT July 06, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Several community members talked about the need to hold each other along with leaders accountable following a double... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, July 05 2020 Jul 5, 2020 Sunday, July 05, 2020 7:31:00 PM CDT July 05, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, July 05 2020 Jul 5, 2020 Sunday, July 05, 2020 6:09:26 PM CDT July 05, 2020 in News
MARIES COUNTY - The Maries County Sheriff's Office recovered human remains near the Gasconade River on Sunday, according to a... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, July 05 2020 Jul 5, 2020 Sunday, July 05, 2020 5:26:00 PM CDT July 05, 2020 in News
MOBERLY - Movie lovers have something to be excited about: some theaters are starting to reopen. The B&B Moberly... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, July 05 2020 Jul 5, 2020 Sunday, July 05, 2020 4:34:00 PM CDT July 05, 2020 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY — A one year old boy was killed at about 9:50 a.m. July 4 after being hit by... More >>
2 days ago Sunday, July 05 2020 Jul 5, 2020 Sunday, July 05, 2020 1:37:00 PM CDT July 05, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 79°
10pm 81°
11pm 80°
12am 78°
1am 77°