COLUMBIA — The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission approved on Thursday the rezoning of properties on Locust Street to allow for the construction of retail and apartments.
The request was for the rezoning of 1110, 1120, 1114 and 1116 Locust St. from a mixture of commercial and residential planning to commercial planning zoning.
The property in question is owned by 10th and Locust, LLC, the same group that built apartments at Tenth and Locust streets and is building apartments at Tenth and Elm streets, and College Avenue and Walnut Street.
The owner's intent is to use the property for mixed purpose development with retail on the ground or first floor and apartments above.
The request included a waiver of any requirement for on-site parking, which was a concern of commission members. Though the commission talked in depth about the problems that could arise from not having enough parking, the waiver stipulates that the company does not have to build a parking lot.
Another issue was whether the zoning of the property would require room for an 8-foot or 10-foot sidewalk because the owners want to build to the edge of the sidewalk. The request was presented with the stipulation that room for an 8-foot sidewalk would be allowed, but the city staff recommended that be changed to make it consistent with the 10-foot requirement for downtown.
The commission approved the request with specifications recommended by city staff. The property was approved for C-2, a class of commercial zoning. Stores on the property cannot sell packaged alcohol for off-premise consumption or adult materials. The property cannot house adult entertainment businesses, or other businesses or activity not permitted under Section 29-15 of the city's zoning ordinances. There will be a maximum 150 units and room for a 10-foot sidewalk will be allowed.
While this rezoning request was brought to a public hearing, no members of the public spoke in opposition. Five out of the eight board members voted in favor of the motion and it will move to the City Council for further discussion and potential approval.