Locust Street Student Housing

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COLUMBIA - An empty, grassy lot and several homes surrounding it will be the latest location of a new student housing development. 

The Columbia City Council unanimously approved the Odle brothers development plan of their Locust Street properties Monday. 

The development plan for 1110-1116 Locust St. includes a proposed four-story mixed-development building on the lot with 40 apartment units and retail space on the first floor. 

Sunny Patel, owner of Hitt Street Mini Market, said the project will help his business and his business will help future tenants, especially those without cars. 

"It's next to my store so they can come buy milk, eggs, bread, all kinds of merchandise you know? For snack and everything. So it's good for me. I mean we will see what is future coming up."   

Although there are multiple zoning designations, the developers will be able to build one structure on the lot. 

Parking is the primary unresolved aspect of the construction project. The Planning and Zoning Commission has concerns about parking for future tenants but its members still approved the development plan July 5.  

Jonathan and Nathan Odle began their Locust Street purchases in 2011. On March 5, the council approved the rezoning of these properties from residential to planned commercial.

The Odle brothers' company, E Locust LLC, completed its purchases June 6, when it purchased a house and alley behind 1116 Locust St. This last purchase gave the company ownership of most of the south side of Locust Street between Waugh and Hitt Streets.