City Council to consider sale of Short Street property, request for Crosscreek hotel

Monday, March 5, 2012 | 2:30 p.m. CST; updated 4:06 p.m. CST, Monday, March 5, 2012

COLUMBIA — North Light LLC's plan to buy city property to develop retail and office space in conjunction with the Short Street garage is among several important items the Columbia City Council will consider Monday night.

Both North Light and Boone County Family Resources presented proposals to the city in August to develop space adjacent to the garage. North Light proposed a six-story, mixed-use development that would combine residential, office and retail. Meanwhile, Boone County Family Resources proposed a purchase agreement that would have allowed it to construct high-end office space on the ground floor of the Short Street garage, which the city is building in conjunction with the new DoubleTree hotel.

City staff believes one agreement can accommodate both entities' goals. The proposal up for a vote at tonight's council meeting would sell city property to North Light for $150,000. North Light and Boone County Family Resources will continue to talk about a future arrangement between the two.

North Light has submitted conceptual drawings of its proposed building and will present them at Monday’s meeting.

The council's regular meeting begins at 7 p.m. Monday. Also on the agenda are:

  • B45-12: 10th and Locust LLC, has submitted a request to rezone several lots along Locust Street in the eastern part of downtown from C-P, planned business, to R-3, medium-density, multifamily residential, to accommodate the planned construction of student housing. The sites are at 1110-1116 Locust St. The rezoning will allow a maximum of 150 units. Documents on file with the Missouri Secretary of State show Nathan Odle is a member of the LLC. He and his brother, Jonathan Odle, are developing the Brookside Apartments downtown as well as another student apartment complex at College Avenue and Walnut Street.
  • B46-12: Rock Quarry Properties LLC, is asking the council to rezone two acres from A-1, agriculture, to PUD-11.3, a planned unit development that cannot exceed 11.3 dwelling units per acres. The site is at East Rock Quarry Road about 400 feet from the intersection of Grindstone Parkway and Rock Quarry Road. The owner hopes to develop 20 single-family townhouses. Because the item is on the council's consent agenda, no public discussion is anticipated.
  • B48-12: This ordinance would revise the statement of intent for acceptable uses on several lots in the pending Crosscreek Center development. The change would allow hotels or motels on the lots. The property is east of U.S. 63 at the east end of Stadium Boulevard. Asset Plus Cos. also plans to develop student apartments on the site.
  • B39-12A: In light of a 260 percent increase in processing fees for utility customers who pay their sewer bills with credit cards, the City Council is considering a surcharge for those who do so.
  • R28-12: A proposed public hearing to consider whether the city landfill should have a separate place for small vehicles to drop off refuse. City staff believe this would improve safety and efficiency at the landfill by preventing those in smaller vehicles from competing with garage trucks and other dump trucks. The estimated cost would be $250,000.

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