It has been seven years since Osco Drug closed its location downtown at 111 S. Providence Road, and residents who have contacted City Council are still riled up about the space's vacancy. Some say it's an eyesore.
The property is back on people's minds after Monday night, when the City Council decided to fine The Kroenke Group, which owns the property, for operating a temporary construction storage site that is violating city zoning codes. The fine is $250 per day.
Stan Kroenke of Columbia is the namesake for The Kroenke Group and one of the wealthiest men in the country, according to a previous Missourian report. Council members have asked for a draft of an amendment to the city's zoning code that would allow temporary construction storage sites.
First Ward Councilman Fred Schmidt has said: “Perhaps 10 percent of all the comments I have ever gotten on council have been about why is that Osco site not developed."
We want to hear your thoughts:
How would you like to see the space used in the future?