WOODRIDGE: Neighborhood Association to hold special meeting to discuss land development

Friday, October 14, 2011 | 8:59 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Woodridge Neighborhood Association will hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss the development of 11.25 acres of forest land on Berrywood Drive.

LDG Development Group, from Louisville, Ky., has proposed building a 60-unit apartment complex on the west side of the property.

The property's east side would remain in its natural state, leaving about five acres of forest.

This land is very important to the residents of the Woodridge neighborhood, said Allen Hahn, president of the neighborhood association.

"That area is one of the few urban forests left in the city," Hahn said. "It has trees on it which are at least 100 years old."

This meeting will be an opportunity for community members to ask questions and comment on the possible development.

"The voices of our neighbors are very important if we are to let the development company know how we feel about the forest," Hahn said.

The meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Baymont Inn and Suites, 801 Keene Street.

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Kevin Gamble October 15, 2011 | 5:33 p.m.

At what point, exactly, did Columbia become a slum for out-of-state developers to use as a dumping ground for huge, cheaply-made apartment complexes?

There are people not seen in these news stories who are making huge amounts of money from these deals, and the town is steadily growing uglier and straining its infrastructure because of it.

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Corey Parks October 15, 2011 | 9:09 p.m.

Columbia makes it dam near impossible for locals to start a business or develop and area yet Arkansas and Kentucky and Illinois business can come in clear and area and set up new slums in less then 6 months without a problem. I wonder what this money trail leads too.
I think one of the main problems with Columbia is that the people steering the boat are not much on traveling and or real world experiences and as long as something has new windows and paint and siding then it much be quality.
I have not practices Urban Planning and Development in over 11 years but dam it does not take much to step back check out the big picture and stamp denied on the form for most of these proposals.

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Gary Straub October 17, 2011 | 9:41 a.m.

Not only are they raping our environment, they are doing so with no benefit to the public. They bring in all their own materials, and labor, then take the profits with them. It is unconscionable why this is allowed to happen. My only guess; it brings more property taxes so the city can invest in more wasteful ideas like parking edifices with commercial spaces, or giving away the bank to lure a new data storage center.

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Ellis Smith October 17, 2011 | 11:00 a.m.

I believe it was a United States Senator from Michigan who said that when people with money get together with people with experience to do a project it ends up with those with experience getting the money and the people who originally had the money "having had an experience."

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