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P&Z to consider rezoning area near public library

Wednesday, September 8, 2010 | 8:44 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission will meet Thursday to discuss a request to rezone the corner of Broadway and First Street.

The 0.13 acre lot is part of the Howe Business Park but is currently zoned as a multiple family dwelling, or R-3. Brush asked that the area be rezoned in the central business district, or C-2.

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Dan Brush, an engineer at Brush & Associates, wrote a letter to the commission in August and stated that the site at 70 E. Broadway has been used as commercial space for more than 30 years.

“It has always been assumed to be and used as commercial property,” said Bill Howe of H-One, the company that owns the property.

The property was allocated for apartments in 1935 but has been a restaurant space for years.

“The rezoning is essentially a housekeeping exercise to match the zoning with the traditional property use,” according to a report included in this week's commission agenda.

H-One intends to put an office building on the lot.

The commission meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the City Council chambers in City Hall, 701 E. Broadway.


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