City annexes land for development of Creek's Edge

Tuesday, November 22, 2011 | 12:03 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Columbia City Council on Monday unanimously approved the annexation of 158 acres in southwest Columbia to build a 181-home community called Creek's Edge.

"Given the economy, it's so refreshing to see somebody's willing to build 180 homes," Mayor Bob McDavid said at the meeting. "And I know that growth puts stress on community, but, you know, there are some 75 million more humans on Earth this year, and 3,000 of them are going to live in Columbia this year."

The development is planned for the south side of Scott Boulevard, north of the Thornbrook Subdivision.

Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe pointed out it is the council's responsibility to have policies that provide services to support the potential growth. 

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Richard Saunders November 22, 2011 | 3:34 p.m.

Since when is Mayor McBob an expert on housing needs? Or do we need more empty houses to encourage "growth?"

Yet another waste of resources that would not occur without the fraudulent activities of the not-federal not-reserve.

Money used to be something real, but after the Coup of 1913, banksters promises to pay were substituted at the barrel of a gun.

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Jimmy Bearfield November 22, 2011 | 4:05 p.m.

Richard, how many empty houses (not apartments) does Columbia currently have? How many months' supply is that at our current rate of population growth? How does our supply compare to those of peer cities?

As an expert, you should have no problem answering these questions off of the top of your head.

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Bill Fisher November 22, 2011 | 5:19 p.m.

I think Columbia has greater than 3,000 empty homes right now, most of which are awaiting their first owners.

Anyway, if they want to build, I don't have a huge problem with that, even though I do think it's pointless. But if they're going to build south of Vawter School Rd., they really need to widen Scott. It's a very narrow 2-lane with ditches on both sides, and I don't see how it will be able to manage future traffic needs as-is.

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Jimmy Bearfield November 22, 2011 | 8:32 p.m.

Thanks, Bill. If that figure is correct, that's a six-month or so supply, right? If 3,000 people move to Columbia next year, and half of them are in a household of at least two people, that's 1,500 homes. Not sure what the average CoMo household size is.

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Bill Fisher November 23, 2011 | 3:40 p.m.

3,000 people moving to CoMO is a (hopeful) guess. And what's to say, even if that many did move here, they'd all be prepared to buy homes?

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Corey Parks November 23, 2011 | 4:54 p.m.

I was discussing some sub contracting with a few guys this summer out in Thornbrooke and they had a few realtors there tossing around their two cents and 5230 empty homes was tossed out there when someone brought up the new sub division going on across Scott Blvd from thornbrooke and how the developer was going to crash and burn. One also said the number of homes for sale but not empty but I forget that number. I just thought it was amazing that we have over 5k homes empty.

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