Columbia City Council approves six-story Short Street garage

Monday, October 3, 2011 | 9:51 p.m. CDT; updated 10:00 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 3, 2011

COLUMBIA — A bigger garage is now planned for Short Street.

The City Council unanimously approved the six-story, 410-space garage during its meeting Monday night. The project is expected to cost $9 million.

An earlier plan for the garage included five stories with 340 spaces.

So far, 275 of these parking spots are reserved. As previously reported by the Missourian, subscribed spaces would be used by the new DoubleTree hotel, Boone County Family Resources, a proposed apartment complex and other commercial businesses built near the garage.

Assistant City Manager Tony St. Romaine said if there had been 340 spaces in the garage, they would all be reserved before it was built.

The 410-space design would leave 135 spaces open to the public.

Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe asked for an estimate on how much installing electrical outlets for future electric cars would cost, but no figure was available.

No one from the public spoke about the proposal.

Percent for Art

Earlier in Monday's meeting, the garage was also made a Percent for Art project after a unanimous council vote. In these projects, 1 percent of the cost of new city building project can be used for site-specific artwork.

Funding for the art project will come from the city's Parking Utility — a part of the Public Works Department that runs and maintains parking lots, meters and garages — and not the city's general fund, Addison Myers, chair of the commission of cultural affairs said.

Myers described the garage as the "gateway" to Columbia's arts districts.

Hoppe was in support of the art project but said that sometimes the end result of proposals can be "disappointing at the very least." The standing committee on public art reviews artist proposals and then brings them to the council.

Mayor Bob McDavid agreed with Hoppe and said the council members "don't like surprises."

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Gerald Shelnutt October 3, 2011 | 10:28 p.m.

Oh goodie I can hardly wait. AH where are they getting the money?

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Mike Martin October 3, 2011 | 11:43 p.m.

No one from the public spoke because most knew it would be a waste of time. This $9 million baby Garagezilla was a done deal with this Council months ago. More and more, people are asking -- does this Council represent us -- or special financial interests? If these garages are any indication, the answer is painfully obvious.

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Allan Sharrock October 4, 2011 | 2:34 a.m.

Future electric cars? Chevy only sold 735 in the nation I think last year. In the future if electric outlets are needed then they run the wires through conduit and mount it to the wall. Problem solved no need to waste staff time trying to get estimates on something that will not go into effect for the next 100yrs.

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Ellis Smith October 4, 2011 | 6:53 a.m.

"If you build it, they will come." At least that's the expectation. (How well used is the present parking garage at Sixth and Cherry?)

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Ray Shapiro October 4, 2011 | 11:59 a.m.

("COLUMBIA – The Columbia City Council unanimously passed a bill Monday evening authorizing the acquisition of property on Short Street for the construction of a parking garage.

The garage is to be built in conjunction with the hotel development at the site of the Regency Hotel.")

That article gave the city's finite intention to build the garage. Why try now to create the illusion that because no public comments were made against the building of the garage that the public doesn't care.

My guess is that there's a bigger plan to ban most private vehicles from "The District" so that these mega-garages will become in demand.

Why else would the city sweep up garage parking locations around downtown?

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Richard Saunders October 4, 2011 | 12:02 p.m.

Great, another $90k wasted on "art."

Hopefully it will blend in with the Donald Duck Church across the street. My vote is for Goofy.

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Richard Saunders October 4, 2011 | 12:08 p.m.

Only six stories? Why even bother with such a tiny thing.

Have we learned nothing from the pyramid builders?

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