Planning and Zoning Commission approves new apartment complex

Thursday, January 20, 2011 | 9:09 p.m. CST
A 600-bed apartment complex planned for Grindstone and Rock Quarry Road goes before the city planning and zoning commission Thursday evening.

COLUMBIA — A 632-bed apartment complex on the city’s south side won the approval Thursday of the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission.

The Grove, a student-oriented apartment complex on 12.56 acres at the northeast corner of Rock Quarry Road and Grindstone Parkway, would offer two-, three- and four-bedroom floor plans in numerous buildings.

The land already has the necessary zoning of R-3 for multiple family dwellings. 

Although the commission expressed concerns over access to the completed complex, it sent a unanimous recommendation for approval to the Columbia City Council.

The final complex would have two entrances if approved. One that falls under the Missouri Department of Transportation's jurisdiction has already been approved.  The other entrance falls under the city’s jurisdiction and is still under review.   

The property totals 34.93 acres. Campus Crest, a national firm that builds student housing, owns the land where The Grove is proposed. Mid-Missouri Distributors owns the remaining 21.93 acres to the east.

Tim Teddy, director of the Columbia Department of Planning and Development, said that Mid-Missouri Distributors has not submitted any plans for development.   

“Construction of The Grove should commence as soon as the plat is approved by the council,” Teddy said. “Construction plans are in for both the site and buildings.”

Because it's on Rock Quarry Road, which has a scenic designation, The Grove will be required to meet the existing regulations that cover the area adjacent to the road, including a buffer zone on either side of the roadway where vegetation cannot be disturbed. 

Brian Sharpe, president of development and construction for Campus Crest, said The Grove would conform to the scenic road rules.

“Our goal is to do just as they request,” Sharpe said. “We have no request other than to embellish with additional plantings. We would like to plant additional stuff there.”

Campus Crest also has plans to conceal the complex, Sharpe said.

“On the high side of the property, near the road, we are creating sort of a bowl and tucking our building down to minimize its visual impact from the road,” Sharpe said.

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