Neighbors acted to prevent commercial development of Smarr property

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 | 5:31 p.m. CDT; updated 12:02 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 4, 2011

COLUMBIA — Even before Brian Gill bought and began restoring the Smarr property at the end of Lathrop Road, it already had quite a story. If not for the quick action of the people of the neighborhood, the woods there would be gone, possibly replaced by an apartment complex.