Plans for new shovel-ready site introduced during Columbia's State of the City address

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 | 5:38 p.m. CDT; updated 7:34 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 2, 2010

COLUMBIA— City Manager Bill Watkins emphasized job creation as part of the "quest for excellence" outlined in his State of the City address on Wednesday. Columbia is trying to add a second Missouri-certified shovel-ready site to encourage economic development.

Missouri-certified sites have water, sewer and electric services along with proper zoning for industrial or commercial uses, Watkins said. He expects that within a month the city will close on property at Waco Road and Route B, known as the Sutter site.

"Realistically within a year, we would have the second certified site in Columbia," Watkins said. The 100-acre Sutter site is suited for advanced manufacturing, he said.

Watkins also said a third possible development site at Route Z and Interstate 70 is a couple years away from being certified. Sewer lines that are planned to serve the new high school could also be extended to the area.

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