COLUMBIA — The Ninth Street apartment complex being built next to Chipotle Mexican Grill will open in August 2013 and feature commercial development.
Travis McGee of Certified Realty, the developer of the apartment building, said it will be known as The Lofts at 308 Ninth. City planner Matthew Lepke last week said documents on file at the Community Development Department identified the plat as Watson Place, Plat 3.
The building will be on the east side of Ninth Street, across from the Missouri School of Journalism campus. It will be a mixed-use development featuring both residential and commercial space. The building will house up to 120 residents; there will be 56 two-bedroom, two-bath apartments and eight one-bedroom, one-bath apartments on the second through fifth floors.
The first floor will feature 19,815 square feet of retail and restaurant space.
The building's location was formerly a parking lot. Construction crews began tearing apart the lot last Tuesday and have since begun grading it in preparation for construction.
McGee said the site is the perfect place for the apartment building.
"It's a great retail area in Columbia, it's a great project for MU and a great project for the city of Columbia," McGee said. "It's something we've been thinking about for a while, and now it's finally becoming a reality."
Pricing and floor plans will be available in the spring, and leasing of rooms will begin around November and December, a year ahead of opening, McGee said.
The building, designed by ACI Boland of Kansas City, will consist of an Indiana limestone and brick exterior and will feature two five-story glass staircase and elevator towers on the east and west sides that will be illuminated at night.
The roof of the building will feature an 8,000-square-foot skylight, which will allow sunlight to pass through the residential floors.
The building also will feature pedestrian courtyards on both the north and south sides of the building.
The project is owned by MM II, LLC, a partnership consisting of McGee, Gary Evans, Richard Thomas, Tom Mendenhall and Paul Humphrey.
The project is another in a series of downtown housing projects that have been developed recently. Brookside on College and Brookside Downtown are two other apartment buildings geared toward students that are being constructed downtown by separate developers and contractors.
The Loft at 308 Ninth will be marketed to young professionals and students alike. There will be no restrictions on who can live there, McGee said.