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.
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.