Ninth Street apartment building to include retail, restaurant space

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 | 5:06 p.m. CST
This is an artist rendering done by David Ruiz of The Lofts at 308 Ninth. The apartment building is expected to open in August 2013 and will be located east of Ninth Street next to Chipotle Mexican Grill.

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.


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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. 

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Bill Fisher January 10, 2012 | 8:13 p.m.

That looks awesome, but I'm still going to miss that convenient parking lot.

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John Schmidt January 10, 2012 | 8:20 p.m.

I want someone to make sure that when it is completed that they didn't fail to provide the deep blue and pink sky looming above the gleaming streets. Otherwise it's no deal.

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Sue Schuermann January 12, 2012 | 12:20 p.m.

I want to know where all of these people who are visiting the shops and living in the apartments are going to park. I'm hoping it's not the Hitt Street garage as there isn't enough parking now when the students are here.

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Corey Parks January 12, 2012 | 12:28 p.m.

The point of living in these places is so you do not need a car. The City and developers have forgot one important fact. No grocery store downtown.

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Sue Schuermann January 12, 2012 | 12:56 p.m.

Oh how stupid of me! There will still be students renting who have cars and shoppers who have cars that will need to park!

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Cole Kennedy January 12, 2012 | 1:14 p.m.

As much as I wish they would have put street-facing windows and balconies for the apartments, this still looks excellent and helps to fill in a missing gap along Ninth Street. As for parking, there's a ton of space in the Hitt St. garage every time I'm in there.

@Corey: The District is in DIRE need of a grocery. I've always said that a Trader Joe's would be a perfect fit. Healthy foods, relatively cheap, and doesn't require a large footprint. They've demonstrated successful urban TJ's before, so parking shouldn't be an issue.

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