Rezoning for office at West Broadway intersection approved

Monday, November 1, 2010 | 11:55 p.m. CDT; updated 6:33 p.m. CST, Saturday, November 20, 2010

COLUMBIA — Widel Realty Company LLC has three years to move forward with its plans to build an office building on the southwest corner of West Broadway and Stadium Boulevard.

At its Monday night meeting, the Columbia City Council was unanimous in its final approval of Leawood Plaza, a 6,545-square-foot, one-story commercial facility. It also authorized a performance contract between the development company and the city, which means the company will be responsible for construction and utility costs.

The office building will be built in a residential area, replacing three homes on a 0.9-acre lot.

Under the performance contract, Widel is responsible for the installation of necessary improvements and utilities, which includes sidewalks.

The decision comes after the City Council rejected objections from the Bourn Avenue Neighborhood Association, and passed a request to rezone the land from residential to planned office at its Oct. 18 meeting. It had to pass with more than five votes because a valid protest petition was submitted.

Brett Grill, vice chair of the association, opposed the construction stating concerns about increased traffic and the possible loss of property value.

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