Route K expansion continues as more developments are built
BOONE COUNTY - Route K is expanding quickly.
Over the past few years, the country road has seen a big increase in residences, and, currently, multiple housing developments are being built in the area.
On Nov. 17, the Columbia City Council approved the construction of Barcus Ridge, a 51-lot housing development on Route K.
During its Dec. 4 meeting, the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the City Council re-zone land for Cobblestone Cottages, a 4.56 acre, 12-house development to be built on the intersection of Route K and Old Plank Road.
Crockett Engineering, based out of Columbia, has been behind both of the proposals.
Tim Crockett, the head engineer, said he believes more people are moving to this part of town.
"The southwest part of Columbia is just a real hot area," Crockett said. "With the elementary school going in that area, there's a lot of infrastructure already in place, a lot of developments already taking place and it's just the natural progression in the southwest."
Crockett said the new developments will open the area up to buyers who might previously not been able to afford it.
"There's a lot of developers out there that are really trying to hit a lower price point than what's been typically provided in that area," Crockett said. "I think as we move forward, we are going to see a wider range of price points in that area."
Currently, there are few businesses on Route K. But Crockett said some companies are likely start to build stores and other venues near the road.
Clint Smith, a City of Columbia planner, said, "I think it's a beneficial model to have some commercial with residential areas and walkable areas. I think that's kind of a trend that you see, not necessarily in new development, but a lot of development in general."
The new elementary school is going on Route KK and Scott Boulevard.
Columbia Public Schools Community Relations Director Michelle Baumstark said the creation of the new elementary school was related to the expansion of housing developments on Route K, but was mainly in response to the development in the whole area over the last several years.
Baumstark also said growth and development "will surely continue" once the school opens in 2016.