Student housing planned for South Ninth Street

Tuesday, January 3, 2012 | 5:29 p.m. CST; updated 2:40 p.m. CST, Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The parking lot in the 300 block of South Ninth Street is being demolished to make way for an apartment complex and commercial space on the first floor. Work began Monday.

*Project developer Travis McGee of Certified Realty Inc. said Trittenbach Development is not involved in construction of the Lofts at 308 Ninth. Certified Realty is handling construction and development. An earlier version of this article misstated the connection between the two and included an incorrect name for the building.

COLUMBIA — A parking lot in the 300 block of South Ninth Street in downtown Columbia has been torn apart and is in the early stages of becoming the site for a student apartment building.

The development, next to Chipotle Mexican Grill, will be called The Lofts at 308 Ninth. The five-story, 64-unit apartment building will be marketed to students and will house commercial space on the first floor. 


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The Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approval of the plat, 8-0, at a Nov. 10 meeting. 

Developer Travis McGee, of Certified Realty Inc., proposed the project in October, city planner Matthew Lepke said.

The architectural firm, ACI Boland, based in Kansas City, has designed the structure. The proposed project is one of a few student residential structures being built downtown.

Brookside Downtown, a four-story apartment building aimed at students, opened in August 2010 at Tenth and Cherry streets. In the summer, development of a seven-story expansion began at Tenth and Locust streets.  

Brookside on College also is under construction. The four-story, 100-unit apartment building is also marketed toward students and is at the College Avenue and Walnut Street intersection, just north of East Broadway. Brookside on College will also have commercial space on the first floor. 

*Brookside Downtown and Brookside on College are being constructed by Trittenbach Development, owned by the Odle family. Certified Realty is handling both development and construction of Watson Place.

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Gary Straub January 4, 2012 | 9:58 a.m.

If I remember correctly, that parking lot became so by imminent domain, there was a business there the Univ. wanted more parking space and took it. So, how is it now in the hands of a private developer?

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Parker Miles Blohm January 4, 2012 | 12:00 p.m.

@Gary Straub,

You raise an interesting question. I was unable to obtain that piece of information when doing researching for this article. I will be sure to look into that and hopefully have more information soon.

Thank you for your interest,

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Richard Saunders January 4, 2012 | 1:17 p.m.

I just looked at the Boone County parcel viewer and it shows that the parking lot is actually two parcels. The dividing line between them is in line with the wall in the foreground of the picture (where the crosswalk sign is).

The south lot is owned by MM II LLC, while the north lot is MU property.

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Jimmy Bearfield January 4, 2012 | 1:42 p.m.

Where on Ninth Street is the J School's strategic communications department planning to build? says construction won't begin anytime soon, but with this parking lot gone, the only sizable Ninth-facing parcel left is the parking lot outside the old Missourian pressroom.

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Rob Weir January 4, 2012 | 2:05 p.m.

Jimmy, I don't know of any current plans to build an actual building (though I don't work in strat-comm). I read that Trib story as saying that was a class product. Interesting question, though.

Rob Weir
Director of Digital Development
The Columbia Missourian

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Jack Hamm January 4, 2012 | 2:38 p.m.


From the article you linked to:

"They designed a HYPOTHETICAL building on Ninth Street for the Missouri School of Journalism’s strategic communications department. That building isn’t scheduled for construction anytime soon, but faculty “thought it would be a great project for students to work on as a final project for their course,” MU spokesman Nathan Hurst said. "

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Jimmy Bearfield January 4, 2012 | 3:12 p.m.

If the building were purely hypothetical, then it wouldn't be scheduled for construction at all rather than "anytime soon."

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Jonathan Hopfenblatt January 4, 2012 | 7:39 p.m.

I'm wondering how the parking logistics will be figured out for however many people end up living in the 64 apartments. That parking lot was packed day and night because of the convenient location. Heck, parking even in the huge multi-story garage right behind it is tricky at times--I remember having to drive all the way to the top floor a couple of times before I could find a spot.

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