COLUMBIA — The first commercial development is ready to go up at Crosscreek Center, a 74-acre site at the east end of Stadium Boulevard that was cleared years ago.
MFA Oil's construction of a Break Time convenience store will begin "soon," John States of Little Dixie Construction, said, although he couldn't say when.
Building regulations supervisor John Sudduth said building can begin as soon as the contractor, Little Dixie Construction, pays for and receives its building permit, which has already been approved. Sudduth said the permit application indicates the project will cost about $1 million.
The Break Time store marks the first move toward actual development of the property, which lies just beyond the eastern terminus of Stadium Boulevard and east of U.S. 63. The Crosscreek project has been something of a lightning rod thus far; the developers first stirred public ire when they cleared the land of nearly all its trees and flattened it. Early designs for Crosscreek also dissatisfied neighbors, who entered mediated talks with the developers to win concessions on the types of businesses allowed and the architectural style of the project.
At its Sept. 21 meeting, the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission approved changes to the design of the Break Time building. Those included relocating a car wash to the west side of the building, reorienting the building and parking, adding a basement, revising storm-water management, tweaking the size and location of the canopy, relocating a bus stop and changing the landscaping plan.
Representatives for both the developers, Stadium 63 Properties LLC, and the owners of the plot, MFA Oil, met with the Timberhill Road and Shepard Boulevard neighborhood associations to ensure the proposed building complied with previously agreed upon requirements.
“Everybody that was in attendance agreed on the design of the building for Break Time,” States said.
Representatives of Stadium 63 Properties and the owners of each plot within the larger Crosscreek property will continue to meet with neighborhood associations until all 12 tracts are sold and the buildings are constructed, he said.
“I thought they did a pretty good job of addressing the concerns of the neighborhood,” said Jim Muench, chairman of the Shepard Neighborhood Association. For example, he said, the new plan addressed the neighborhood’s concern with keeping air-conditioning units covered and hidden from view.
States said three additional lots have been sold in Crosscreek. Records of the Boone County assessor show that First National Bank and Trust owns a 1.25-acre tract, G2 Enterprises LLC, in care of Joe Machens Ford, owns a 23-acre tract, and CPD Revocable Trust owns a 1.26-acre tract for a restaurant.